Coping with joint hypermobility syndrome
Synovial joints that move beyond a normal range of motion can be described as joint hypermobility.
Generalised joint hypermobility syndrome is defined by the Beighton score (see next page). A score of four or more out of nine is abnormal.
The condition is more common in females, and incidence varies with ethnicity and age (10% in 14-year-old Caucasian males and 27% in females).
Most hypermobile patients are asymptomatic and many use their increased flexibility to advantage in sport and music.
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