Can Hypermobility Be Cured?

Can Hypermobility Be Cured?

sitting with legs criss crossed and bending down with elbows touching the floor

Hypermobility

Hypermobility or being double-jointed, is a condition where joints can move beyond the normal range of motion. Most people look at it as flexibility but it is joint instability that leads to joint pain, instability, and other complications. Those diagnosed with hypermobility often wonder: can it be cured? In this blog, we will explore treatment options, and address the possibility of a cure.

Current treatment approaches focus on symptom management, ongoing research aims to deepen our understanding of hypermobility and explore potential therapeutic interventions. Researchers are investigating the role of genetics, collagen abnormalities, and biomechanical factors in the development and progression of hypermobility-related conditions.

What Is Hypermobility?

Hypermobility is commonly associated with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) and hypermobility spectrum disorders (HSD). It affects the connective tissues that support the joints, leading to beyond reasonable flexibility which means instability and therefore, susceptibility to injury.

What Is The Treatment For Hypermobility?

While there isn’t a definitive cure for hypermobility, several treatment approaches aim to manage symptoms and improve quality of life. Here are some common strategies:

  • Joint Stability Exercises

Joint rehabilitation plays a crucial role in managing hypermobility and the ‘standard’ treatment for physical therapy and joint rehab. does not work with hypermobility. Bear in mind that the rehab exercises are not performed by physical therapists but also chiropractors that do physical rehab in addition to chiropractic and occupational therapists but the key is all of these clinicians should have experience treating joint hypermobility within the Bendy population.

As a rehab clinician with the majority of my patients having joint hypermobility, I can tell you that the Bendy population does not necessarily have the same strength in understanding and implementing movement as the Normies. On the flip side, they are very strong in certain understandings that the Normies don’t. This means that unless the clinician understands the hypermobile population, some of the techniques may hurt you.

baby doing a plank exerciseWhen it comes to the exercises, I only use developmental exercises such as Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization or DNS which are what we all did as babies and the methodology that got us from the helpless infant stage to running toddlers.

  • Bracing

I am not a big fan of bracing because we all have our needed braces within us!! When it comes to hypermobility, however, I do recommend orthotic braces or splints to stabilize hypermobile joints, particularly during physical activities or periods of increased stress on the joints.

I evaluate the need for bracing on a case-by-case basis and have noticed that the need changes rapidly within the Bendy patient population. I have the Bendy approved products that I quite often refer to.

  • Medications

While I am not a big fan of medications, there are times that pain is too much, and typically my patients use over-the-counter pain relievers such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for their joint pain and inflammation associated with hypermobility. In some cases, prescription medications may be prescribed for pain management.

  • Lifestyle Modifications

As mentioned on my blog, ‘What is the best hypermobility treatment’,  ‘maintaining a healthy weight, practicing relaxation techniques to manage stress and anxiety, and getting an adequate amount of sleep, proper intake of electrolytes can all help manage symptoms of hypermobility and flare-ups and improve overall well-being. Learning how to get out of bed, how to sit and stand, how to open doors and load dishwashers, and how to sleep are some of the examples of what I go over with my patients to avoid or manage hypermobility flare-ups.

  • Joint Protection Techniques

I encourage my patients with hypermobility to practice joint protection techniques by recognizing the wrong tendencies and replacing them with the right moves and positions as we learn with each treatment.

Mindful movements and awareness are the first step and as a hypermobile individual, it is important to learn about you. Prevention is the best treatment for joint hypermobility injuries and pain.

Can Hypermobility Be Cured?

The question of whether hypermobility can be cured lacks a straightforward answer. Hypermobility is a complex condition influenced by genetics, and fueled by environmental, and physiological factors. While treatment can help manage symptoms and improve quality of life, curing hypermobility is not on the plate right now but the research is happening.

It is so important to understand that individuals with hypermobility can lead fulfilling lives with proper management strategies in place. Everyone, Bendy or Normy is better off understanding the principles of movement understood from studying babies, to protect themselves from injuries and pain. The bendy population has more motivation to learn these but the need to understand does not change!

If you are hypermobile and want to start learning about the right ways to move to avoid injuries, and lessen pain contact me.

Dr. Shakib

Recommended Reading:

Who Diagnoses Hypermobility?

What Is The Best Hypermobility Treatment?