Monday, October 22, 2012

Hypermobility Syndrome (HMS) In Depth

Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (HMS) is a condition that features joints that easily move beyond the normal range for a particular joint.  It's considered to be a benign condition.  It is estimated that 10 to 15% of normal children have hypermobile joints.  These are sometimes referred to as "loose joints", and those affected are referred to as being "double-jointed".  

Facts about Hypermobility Syndrome (HMS) facts: 

  • A condition that features joints that easily move beyond the normal range expected for a particular joint. 
  • Hypermobile joints tend to be inherited or genetic.
  • Symptoms include pain in the knees, fingers, hips, and elbows.
  • It often causes no symptoms and requires no treatment.
  • Treatments are customized for each individual based on their particular manifestations. 
Hypermobile joints tend to be inherited in specific genes passed by parents to their children.  Certain genes predispose you to this.  As a result, there is a tendency of the condition to run in families (familial).  Genes that are responsible for the production of collagen, an important protein that helps glue the tissues together, are suspected of playing a role.  Joint hypermobility is also a feature of a rare, inherited, more significant medical condition called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, which is characterized by weakness of the connective tissues of the body.  It is also commonly seen in people with Down Syndrome.  Stay Informed!  http://www.medicinenet.com/hypermobility_syndrome/article.htm

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