Hypermobility of the joints - joints that can move beyond their normal range of motion - is common in children. Hypermobility syndrome may be associated with pain during the day, discomfort after exercise or nighttime awakening. It can also be associated with an increase in sprains and dislocations. Hypermobility often decreases with age. Meanwhile, physical therapy can help.
Physiotherapy usually includes basic strengthening exercises. These are designed to increase muscle strength and decrease the flexibility of the joints. It is important that you work with your doctor to develop a program. Each physical therapy program should be individualized according to the severity of your pain or discomfort, your medical history, your general health and the presence of other symptoms.
The therapy also includes joint protection techniques that teach you how to avoid hyperextension of joints. Some of them may include bending the knees slightly when you stand up, avoid the position of crossed legs with both knees bent and avoid the swoosh of the joints.
Your physical therapy for hypermobility syndrome is likely to include conditioning exercises. Examples include swimming, walking and skating. This activity will improve your joint strength and help prevent weight gain, which worsens this condition. The experts at the Cleveland Clinic recommend avoiding sedentary lifestyle.
Proprioceptive exercises such as balance exercises can improve your hypermobility syndrome. Proprioception is your ability to establish a sense of location, especially in an articulation. One of the most common proprioception exercises is to maintain balance on one foot.
You may need splints or braces to protect your affected joints during activity. Your doctor may also recommend that you temporarily give up some activities that you like, such as gymnastics, ballet, or playing a musical instrument. Yoga is another activity that you should avoid during treatment. Even though you could perform poses that are difficult for others, pressure on the joints would be counterproductive.