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  • Writer's pictureDr. George Cheriyan, DO

What is Hypermobility?

Updated: Sep 7, 2023

If your joints seem to be acting out of line and you’ve been diagnosed with or think you may have hypermobility, you’re in the right place. This article will help you understand what hypermobility is, its symptoms, and available treatment options.


But before we dive in, you should understand that hypermobility is not as strange or uncommon as you might think. It is believed that as much as 3% of the general population have it. By taking the right steps for treatment, such as visiting an osteopath, you can efficiently manage the condition.



What is Hypermobility?

Hypermobility is a disorder that involves an unusually excessive range of movement in the joints. When you can move your joint more than most people normally can, it is called hypermobility. While it can be seen as a positive attribute in sports, hypermobility can cause pain, sprain, dislocation, fatigue, and injuries to ligaments.


Identifying the Symptoms

The symptoms of hypermobility can vary from person to person. Some individuals may experience joint pain, especially after physical activity or prolonged periods of sitting or standing.


Others may have joint instability, making them prone to frequent dislocations or subluxations. Fatigue, muscle stiffness, and difficulty maintaining proper posture are also common complaints among those with hypermobility.


The Importance of Early Diagnosis

Early diagnosis plays a crucial role in managing hypermobility effectively. If left undiagnosed and untreated, hypermobility can lead to long-term complications, including chronic pain, joint damage, and reduced quality of life.


You can ensure prompt intervention and preventive measures by recognizing the symptoms and seeking professional help.


Treatment Options

Osteopathic medicine is a recommended and most effective approach that addresses hypermobility and the accompanying indications.


Osteopathy blends comprehensive and natural therapies customized according to your specific necessities. Some of the osteopathic treatment techniques to deal with hypermobility include:


Physical Therapy

Hypermobility can be treated through physical therapy. Here, your osteopath will guide you through targeted exercises to strengthen the muscles around your joints, improve stability, and reduce pain.


Osteopaths can also treat hypermobile patients with an emphasis on encouraging core strength development and better muscle and joint stability via exercise such as pilates.


Joint Protection Techniques

Learning to protect your joints and adopt proper body mechanics is essential in managing hypermobility. Your osteopath will provide practical strategies to minimize joint stress and prevent injuries.


Pain Management

Your osteopath will work with you to develop a pain management plan involving medication, heat or cold therapy, and other non-invasive techniques to alleviate discomfort.


Bracing or Splinting

In some cases, bracing or splinting may be recommended to provide additional support and stability to hypermobile joints, allowing them to heal and function optimally.


Education and Lifestyle Modifications

Education is a powerful tool for managing hypermobility. Your osteopath will empower you with knowledge about the condition to help you make lifestyle modifications, teaching you self-care techniques to help you better navigate your daily life.


Connect with the Osteohealer™ to Take Control of Your Health

Living with hypermobility can be challenging, but you can take steps toward a better future with the right treatment and support. The Osteohealer™, Dr. George Cheriyan DO, will work with you to develop a comprehensive treatment plan, so you can find relief and improve your quality of life. Feel the healing today!


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