Why Am I So Flexible?

Have you ever watched one of those videos where some people can extend their index finger till it reaches the back of the hand? How are some people way more flexible than others?

Hypermobile joints which literally translate to joints with an excessive mobility, is often seen when the tissues holding a joint together – such as ligaments and joint capsule becomes too loose. Individuals with hypermobile joints are able to extend or flex their joints with ease and painlessly beyond the normal range of motion. In some cases, weak muscles surrounding the joint can also lead to joint hypermobility.

Hypermobility is commonly seen among children since their connective tissues are not fully developed yet. As a child grows older, their ability to hyperextend or hyperflex may decrease.

Joints commonly affected:

  • Fingers
  • Wrists
  • Elbows
  • Shoulders
  • Knees

Hypermobile joints usually appear without any underlying health conditions. This is termed benign hypermobility syndrome. Several factors such as bone shape or depth of the joint sockets, muscle tone or strength, a poor sense of proprioception and a family history of hypermobility can increase the probability of an individual attaining this condition.

However, due to the over laxity or the joint, some individuals may experience stiffness and pain in their joints. This is called joint hypermobility syndrome. Due to the increased laxity of the joint, surrounding structures are being overworked to keep it as stable as possible.

In some rare cases, joint hypermobility can be caused by underlying medical conditions such as down syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, marfan syndrome, cleidocranial dysostosis and morquio syndrome.

Hypermobile joints are generally harmless; however, you should seek professional help if you experience the symptoms below:

  • Sudden change in appearance of the joint (swelling, deviation etc.)
  • Pain in the loose joint during or after movement
  • Changes in joint mobility
  • Changes in the functions of your legs and arms

For patients that visit us with a presenting complaint of hypermobile joints. Treatment will be focused on strengthening the joint. Our chiropractors or physiotherapists will recommend specific exercises that will aid and provide stability to the hypermobile joints involved. This approach will not only reduce the risk of future injuries, it will also aid in alleviating the symptoms of hypermobile joints.

If you have any further inquiries regarding this condition, feel free to call us at 03-62117533 or email us at contact@myhealthworks.com.my