Everyone has a different degree of mobility in their joints, some are more lax than others. This varies between joints in the same person as well as between people. If a joint is what is considered too lax or moves beyond the normal ranges it can be called hypermobile.
Hypermobility syndrome is slightly different and is a condition which is diagnosed, usually using the Beighton score, when the person has widespread Hypermobility. Hypermobility syndrome or hypermobile joints can be symptomatic i.e painful or unstable (which causes tripping / falling in children) or they can be assymptomatic i.e. causes no interference with daily life.
It is important to consider whether there are any symptoms. A childs symptoms could include delayed development or in older children, frequent tripping / falling, pain during or after activities .
If you suspect or have been told you child has hypermobility the best thing you can do is to keep them active. Movement and sports especially swimming will help strengthen the muscles to help support the joints. Physiotherapy can help if required to strengthen specific muscle groups if symptoms develop. For example if a child complains of knee pain, the thigh (quadriceps) muscles may need to be strengthened.
If you have any concerns about hypermobility and would like an assessment to offer advice, answer questions or just to give reassurance then please contact us. We also offer a hypermobility workshop to get your child exercising in the appropriate way, this will run on demand so contact us to get your childs name on the waiting list if you are interested.
More information on Hypermobility can be found on the Hypermobility Syndrome Association website.