Most people think of hypermobility as simply being able to bend their joints a lot, or more than 'normal'. However, hypermobility is actually a condition that affects the connective tissues throughout the body. This can lead to problems with movement and stability. In children, hypermobility may cause difficulties with learning and interacting with others. It can also increase the risk of injuries. For adults, hypermobility can be a source of pain and fatigue.
In addition to its effects on daily life, hypermobility can also be related to intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder. In fact, paediatric hypermobility is one of the most common predictors of both conditions. Autism spectrum disorder is characterised by difficulties with social communication and interaction. Intellectual disability is a condition that affects cognitive ability and adaptive behaviour.
If you or your child are experiencing difficulties due to hypermobility, don't hesitate to seek help. There are many resources available to help you manage this condition. For children, occupational therapy and physiotherapy may be beneficial. For adults, physical therapy can often help with pain and fatigue. Don't let hypermobility hold you back! There is help available.
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