Kate spent years living with undiagnosed hypermobility issues. Her pain went ignored by the medical community, though it motivated her to continue searching through her own education.
She earned a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2005, hoping to find the answers to her lifelong fight with chronic muscle pain, “sloppy” joints, and uncertainty about her health.
After years of searching for the answers, she developed her own methods for treating hypermobility. Using her extensive knowledge, she came up with a system that allows her to live pain-free.
Through her step-by-step system, Kate believes others can conquer their hypermobility issues.
What is hypermobility?
Hypermobility is simply an excessive amount of moving beyond what is normally expected in a joint. This is different from flexibility. Flexibility is something you acquire in a normal motion of a joint, but it can become excessive and turn into hypermobility through injury.
Unlike flexibility, hypermobility, because of its abnormal quantity and quality of movement tends to cause symptoms most notably pain, muscle spasm, and weakness.
Are you suffering from hypermobility issues?
If you believe you are suffering from or have been previously diagnosed with hypermobility issues, please continue reading and learn more about how to manage your symptoms.
Hypermobility is difficult to diagnose.
In part because of the lack of consensus on how to evaluate it and how to name and categorize the different levels. Also, there are limited types of traditional Western medicine treatments. This leaves little incentive to diagnosis it.
For people who start to see themselves with hypermobile symptoms or know someone with hypermobility, often the first question is how do you know if you are hypermobile?
Start by taking our checklist assessment and see how you compare.
Testing for Hypermobility
The Beighton Test
The most widely accepted testing is called the Beighton scoring system which includes basic movements such as pinky extension, thumb to the forearm, elbow hyperextension, and knee hyperextension, and forward bending with the hands flat on the floor.
If you have a positive Beighton score (>6/9), including increased mobility on both sides of your body as well as your upper and lower body, that is enough hypermobility to find the following information helpful.
Having additional areas and scoring higher on our checklist makes it more likely you have hypermobility as a primary issue and you are experiencing symptoms from this.
If you don’t score high on the Beighton scale but have specific issues you feel are related to hypermobility, you may still have associated problems.
This assessment will evaluate some of the common issues that I've seen with my patients.
The more difficult question to answer is if you do have hypermobility and related issues, do you have a connective tissue disorder or a syndrome.
The following information is designed to give those with hypermobility and associated symptoms some guidance on where to go and what to do to manage their symptoms.
If you have concerns that you might have a more significant disorder, please follow up with your primary care physician and have specific testing done to rule out any physical health problems.
Examples of genetic disorders that have hypermobility include; Ehlers Danlos, Marfan Syndrome, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, and Stickler Syndrome.
Fill out the checklist to get your Hypermobility score.
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