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Hypermobility Syndrome

  1. Hypermobility syndrome (HMS) is a hereditary abnormality of the connective tissue of ligaments and tendons. Hypermobility syndrome is very common, but little is known about it. Yet it is increasingly recognized by the medical profession. Unfortunately, it is talked about in too many specialist terms, so that's why this article for laymen about hypermobility syndrome (HMS).

What is Hypermobility Syndrome?

  1. Hypermobility syndrome (HMS) is a hereditary abnormality of the connective tissue of the ligaments and tendons. Due to this deviation, the ligaments and tendons cannot perform their supporting function properly and this makes the joints over-mobile (hypermobile) and unstable. As a result, complete or partial disruptions can quite easily occur. To compensate for the lack of stability, the muscles take over part of the function of the ligaments and tendons. These have to work harder and will therefore be overloaded more quickly.

Hypermobility and the hypermobility syndrome

  1. Two different types of hypermobility are described. The first they call 'generalized hypermobility'. This includes people who have one or more hypermobile joints, but are not bothered by this. They call the second type 'hypermobility syndrome (HMS)'. This includes people who, due to unknown causes, have one or more hypermobile joints and are affected by this.

Characteristics (symptoms) and complaints

  1. The characteristics can be divided into two groups, namely:

Pain, the most common complaint

  1. Pain is the most common complaint among people with HMS. Pain complaints can be divided into acute pain and chronic pain. Acute pain usually arises from overuse or an accident. People with HMS suffer from this more often than normal people. This is because the bands and caps around their joints, which normally provide strength, have too much looseness / lack of cohesion. In addition, these people are more likely to be sprained or sprained because their informative nerve impulses from the muscles are reduced in power.

The quality of life in people with hypermobility syndrome

  1. Because HMS is a chronic disorder, in addition to the physical problems described, psychosocial problems also play a major role in the lives of people with HMS. People with the HMS have a range of possible social consequences such as:

Treatment of hypermobility syndrome

  1. Unfortunately, the HMS cannot be cured. Little is known about an effective treatment method. Well it is


  1. Someone with the HMS needs tools in daily life to get through the days without extra pain and effort


  1. People with the HMS get little understanding and are often seen as posers. Any psychological complaints are then

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