Joint hypermobility refers to increased movement and flexibility in the joints. Most people with hypermobile joints don’t experience any problems; however, some people may experience symptoms such as:
- Increased fatigue, even after rest
- Increased pain or stiffness in joints and/ or muscles.
- Repeated strains and sprains
- Repeated joint dislocations
- Dizziness or fainting
- Poor balance or reduced co-ordination.
- Thin, stretchy skin
- Bladder or bowel problems
If hypermobility occurs alongside these symptoms then this is known as Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (JHS). One of the main causes of JHS is a change in a type of protein in the body, known as collagen. If collagen is weaker than it should be then ligaments and joints in the body can become loose and overly flexible.
There is no cure for hypermobility and treatment aims to, improve muscle strength, reduce pain, protect and stabilise joints and provide patient education.
Orthotic intervention is usually used to protect and position painful or unstable joints during periods of inflammation or activity. Orthotic intervention should aim to provide the appropriate orthoses which allows the maximum function possible, over stabilising can result in the muscles becoming weaker.
Foot and Ankle:
Elasticated ankle supports can be used to support the ankle joint and reduce the risk or strains and sprains during activities.
Elastic knee supports can be used to provide mild knee stability for joints which can become inflamed or painful. Knee braces can also be used where there is a high risk or patella dislocation which could result in more serious injury.
Stability of the wrist can be a benefit when completing day to day tasks with reduced pain or inflammation.
If you would like any further information on our any of our braces then you can call us to speak with one of our clinicians on 07751 370949 or visit our website at www.totalbodyorthotics.com. Our experienced clinicians are able to offer a full biomechanical assessment and provide treatment advice on the best orthotic device to suit your individual needs.