Joint protection and physical rehabilitation of the adult with hypermobility syndrome

Rosemary Keer, Jane Simmonds

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Purpose of review

Hypermobility and hypermobility syndrome are common conditions with universal interest. However, despite significant advances in our knowledge of the presentation and implications of lax tissues there is still much to learn about the best way to manage the symptoms. This review discusses our current knowledge on the management of joint problems associated with hypermobility syndrome.

Recent findings

Relieving joint pain and preventing its recurrence are primary aims of treatment and exercise to improve joint stability and control is a major component of physical rehabilitation. Research has identified that posture, proprioception, strength and motor control are important components in achieving this aim along with education, physical activity and fitness.


It is not yet known what form the optimal physical rehabilitation programme should take, but the components discussed here are based on sound scientific principles which it is hoped will further knowledge, stimulate interest and promote further research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-136
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Rheumatology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011


  • hypermobile joints
  • hypermobility syndrome
  • joint protection
  • rehabilitation


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