The Hypermobility Specialists at the Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth are world renowned experts in the field of hypermobilty and sports medicine for hypermobile patients.
The lead consultants act as advisors to the Hypemobility Association. From diagnosing and assessing hypermobility syndromes in clinic to arranging treatments and management programmes for the full spectrum of hypermobility conditions and syndromes, our consultants are leaders in their field.
In hypermobile and “double jointed” people, connective tissues and their proteins are differently formed, creating laxity in the joints, muscles, tendons, skin and/or ligaments. Hypermobile patient’s joints are often more prone to injury than the general population and a variety of conditions have been described.
When a person suffers from symptoms due to their hypermobility, they are said to have a Hypermobility Syndrome. This can range from mild conditions including Benign Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (BJHS) and Ehlers-Danlos Hypermobile Type, which can lead to increased incidence of injury, pain in joints and instability; to the more serious conditions including Marfan’s Syndrome or Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Vascular Type which can affect other organs including the gut and heart.
There is an increased incidence of hypermobility in many sports including dancing and gymnastics, where additional flexibility can be an advantage, but can lead to increased injury requiring specialist management techniques.
Our hypermobility consultants work with many of the UKs leading performing arts organisations and have a unique understanding of the relationship between hypermobility and sport.