I recently spoke with Dr Dean Halfpenny of The London Orthopaedic Clinic and Gina John of the Osprey Clinic about the condition of hypermobility.
The interviews are available here on UK Health Radio – it is the second part of the programme. The contact details for both clinics are below.
As well as helping to answer what the condition is the interviews give some information on how it can affect individuals and what might be done about it.
Essentially the connective tissues in the body are not as strong as they should be and this can lead to difficulties of differing amounts depending on how severe the condition is.
Dr Halfpenny said that in some cases it can actually be a positive thing for people such as dancers, sportspeople or musicians where greater flexibility can be an advantage. However it can also lead to pain which can be difficult to diagnose and increased injuries. In more serious cases there can be problems with the bowel, bruising, healing of injuries and vision amongst others.
Gina John is an osteopath and pilates practitioner who has hypermobility herself. She helps her patients practice the controlled movement that can be important for patients that have the condition.
Thank you very much for reading and please do listen to the recording and contact the clinics for help and information. If you have some comments/ advice etc please do add them below. Also if you have or know someone who has a useful story to tell about hypermobility please do contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org. An example could be of someone who has achieved in spite of, or maybe because of, hypermobility.
Dr Dean Halfpenny is at The London Orthopaedic Clinic, www.londonorthopaedic.com/ Tel 0207 1861000
Gina John is at The Osprey Clinic, www.theospreyclinic.co.uk/ Tel 07930 981215