Joint Hypermobility is the term used when a joint has more movement than expected. It occurs when the ligaments are lax allowing more movement in that joint. Whilst most children with hypermobility are asymptomatic, others may experience pain and discomfort; they may easily fatigue and have reduced co-ordination due to joint laxity. These children are more vulnerable to injury and developing poor posture. Hypermobility is also related to low tone and weaker muscles, as the muscles need to work harder to stabilise the joint. It is therefore important to focus on being healthy, strong and fit.
Physios can provide treatment and advice to help the following concerns that may be present in your child:
- Feeling tired
- Joints clicking
- Slower in achieving development milestones (crawling, walking, handwriting, using knife and fork)
- Fallen arches – flat feet
- Weakness or poor control of joints
- Reduced ability to walk distances
Physios can advise on how to build muscle strength and endurance gradually as well as pain relief methods such as massage. They can also advise on how your child can get involved in every-day activities and sports, exercises to improve strength and stability around the joints as well as the best footwear for your child.
For more information, download our “Hypermobility” Info Sheet here.
Are you looking for a specialist paediatric physio to assess and treat your child’s hypermobility symptoms? We can see your child at home or school and can often set up an appointment within 24 hours. Contact us today on 0207 884 0374 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.