Hypermobility is a condition characterised by excessive joint flexibility in the spine. It means that some or all of your joints have a greater range of motion than usual, allowing them to move beyond the typical limits. While joint hypermobility can be advantageous in activities requiring flexibility, it can also lead to various symptoms and challenges.

Symptoms and causes

Hypermobility, also known as joint hypermobility syndrome (JHS), is characterised by increased joint flexibility in the spine, which can have both advantages and drawbacks. While ballet dancers, gymnasts, and musicians may benefit from enhanced flexibility, others may experience a range of unpleasant symptoms. Common symptoms associated with joint hypermobility include:

  • Joint pain and stiffness: Individuals with hypermobility may experience discomfort and aching sensations in their joints and muscles, especially after physical activity or extended periods of inactivity.
  • Clicking or popping joints: Hypermobile joints may produce audible clicking or popping sounds during movement due to the laxity of the joint structures.
  • Joint dislocation: Hypermobile joints are more susceptible to dislocation, easily moving out of their correct positions. This can happen with minimal force or during routine activities, leading to joint instability and recurrent dislocations.
  • Fatigue: Many individuals with joint hypermobility experience excessive tiredness or fatigue, likely resulting from the increased strain on the muscles and joints due to reduced stability.
  • Recurrent injuries: Due to the heightened joint laxity and decreased stability, individuals with hypermobility are more prone to recurrent injuries, such as sprains.
  • Dizziness and fainting: Hypermobility can be associated with autonomic dysfunction, leading to symptoms like dizziness, lightheadedness, and occasional fainting episodes.
  • Thin or stretchy skin: In certain cases, hypermobility may be accompanied by skin changes, such as thinness or increased elasticity.

If you're experiencing any of these symptoms associated with joint hypermobility or suspect you may have the condition, it is advisable to consult with a healthcare professional or specialist. Seeking medical attention is particularly important if hypermobility is causing pain, interfering with daily activities, or affecting your quality of life.


At The London Spine Clinic, our team of experts, including consultants specialising in joint hypermobility, can provide a comprehensive evaluation and personalised care plan. We will assess your symptoms, conduct a thorough examination, and may perform diagnostic tests to determine the extent of joint hypermobility and any associated conditions. Our goal is to offer you the most appropriate treatment options and help you manage your symptoms effectively.

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Treatment options

Physiotherapy plays a crucial role in the management of hypermobility by strengthening the muscles around joints, providing more support, and helping to reduce pain. Our highly skilled physiotherapists can develop tailored exercise programs to address your specific needs and enhance joint stability. Additionally, aquatic therapy (hydrotherapy) is an effective form of exercise that promotes increased joint stability and allows muscles to be strengthened in a controlled and comfortable environment.

Our Podiatrist can also help this condition by prescribing custom made orthotics to help with hypermobility of the feet and enhance strength.

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