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Hypermobility Syndrome

Jan 11th, 2014

julie asked The Guru for the following Physiotherapy Advice:

I am 52 and have suffered with leg and foot pain for many years. I now have osteo arthritis of the left knee and plantar fasciitis ( second episode). After much toing and froing to hospitals and physios over many years – it has now been pointed out ( how can it have been missed before?) that I have hypermobility syndrome. The pain I have is now more diffuse and my back is playing up. I want to get the right programme in place to stablise my joints before I get any worse. Please can you help?

The Guru Responded:

Hi Julie

Hypermobility Syndrome is usually given with someone who has a high Beighton score BUT is also bandied around when you don’t seem to be getting the results you deserve.

It’s rarely about the amount of excessive movement you’ve got in your joints, but it’s all about how much control of that excessive movement that’s the key. Without the control, regardless of HMS or not, you’ll still experience issues – such as you OA knee and PF in your foot.

It’s really important that you don’t just chase the pain around, instead it much more appropriate to look for the cause, deal with this, and you’ll have much better control of your symptoms.

This is what we’re pretty good at. We got specific and specialised physios who focus on rehab and control of movement – I think you need to see one of them, or someone who’s very similar and specialises. Pilates (again done by the right person) would be a help. I’d go easy on stretching as a form of relief….it may make you feel better, but it can’t and won’t get you any better in the long term….

G

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