Hypermobilty and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome are becoming increasingly recognised as conditions that may require enhanced rehabilitation intervention from time to time. With almost 20% of the UK population being classified as hypermobile it is no wonder that we are seeing an ever increasing number of patients presenting with various neuromuscular complaints.
The typical trend for patients with hypermobility is that they start life as early walkers (under 12 months), they tend to go on to be extremely high achievers at school and in sports until their adolescence years when they start to develop hip, knee, ankle, and shoulder pain. If poorly managed this can escalate into full joint dislocations which can be extremely debilitating. Patients may also suffer with circulatory dysfunction, hypersensitivity, chronic fatigue, headaches, and irritable bowel disorders. There is also an extremely high association with anxiety and panic attacks which can exacerbate things further.
We have a number of therapists who are experienced in the assessment and management of hypermobile conditions. We believe it is essential to take an individualised approach to the management of each patient. Whilst exercise and muscle control has to form the basis of our treatment strategy, we do took to set a program that is targeted at an appropriate level. We also have an extensive network of Rheumatology, Orthopaedic, Neurology, Pain, and Psychology specialists who also understand the subtle nature of this condition.