Hypermobility means your joints are more flexible than other people’s (you may think of yourself as being double jointed). When this causes pain, it might be joint hypermobility syndrome.
See your GP if:
These can be symptoms of joint hypermobility syndrome.
What happens at a GP appointment?
Your GP will usually test the flexibility of your joints. They may also refer you for a blood test or X-ray to help rule out any other conditions like arthritis.
Treating joint hypermobility syndrome
There’s no cure for joint hypermobility syndrome. The main treatment is improving muscle strength and fitness so your joints are protected.
Ask a GP to refer you to a physiotherapist or occupational therapist for specialist advice. You can also book them privately – for more information see the “Physiotherapy” & “Occupational Therapy” pages.
They can help you:
Treating joint pain
If you’re in severe pain, ask a GP to refer you to a pain clinic to help you learn how to cope better with pain.
To help ease joint pain and stiffness, you can:
It may also help to meet other people with joint hypermobility syndrome, or join a support group like the Hypermobility Syndromes Association ( has a support group in Plymouth) or Ehlers-Danlos Support UK.(has support groups on Cornwall and Plymouth).
Joint care you can do yourself
If you have joint hypermobility syndrome, there are things you can do to improve joint and muscle strength, and reduce strain.
What causes joint hypermobility?
Joint hypermobility syndrome usually runs in families and cannot be prevented.
Usually, the joints are loose and stretchy because the tissues that should make them stronger and support them are weak. The weakness is because the collagen that strengthens the tissues is different from other people’s.
Most experts agree that joint hypermobility syndrome is part of a spectrum of hypermobility disorders, which includes Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Some people with hypermobility spectrum disorders do not have symptoms that affect their joints.