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Get to Know Hypermobility and its Potential Impacts

February 23, 2015 | Author:

Joint HypermobilityDo people frequently call you “double-jointed” or do you have the ability to “hyper-extend” your elbows, knees, fingers and other joints? What you may be living with is hypermobility.

Simply put, hypermobility is the ability to move your joints outside of the designed range of motion, according to the Hypermobility Syndrome Association, and it isn’t uncommon. Most people with some level of hypermobility see it most prevalently during childhood or adolescence.  Hypermobility can be something that never medically impacts those living with it and it can also lessen with age. However, it may cause injury around the joints and could be indicative of other syndromes, such as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS).

Dr. Mitakides has dedicated his career to being an expert in TMJ, hypermobility and EDS and improving the lives of people living with these ailments. With hypermobility, it can often impact the jaw, neck and shoulders, causing severe headaches and TMJ-related pain.

Working with a team of medical professionals, like the TMJ Treatment Center, who understand the pain, symptoms and causes of craniofacial pain related to hypermobility, is the most important step on the road to less pain and an improved quality of life.

To get started, check out the Beighton Scale checklist, used by Dr. Mitakides and other physicians who are experienced and trained in hypermobility and related syndromes. It is a simple way to determine if you should speak with a trained medical professional about your joint hypermobility.

To learn more about your symptoms, contact The TMJ Treatment Center.

Category: Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome | (2) Comments
  • My mother does not have any hyper mobility that I k ow of, however she has lots of jaw pain. Sever at times. She has just been putting up with it. I am trying to get her to go to a Dr. But I am not sure what Dr. Should she consult a dentist or her primary or is there a Dr. Who specializes in Jaw pain? Where do I send her & what do I look up when resourcing Drs. in our area. She is 61 & does not complain so we were not aware of the extent of the pain till lately. She has been experiencing this for some time. We would appreciate any help you could send up. Thanks!!!

    • TMJ Treatment Center on said:Reply

      Since we aren’t sure where you are located, one of the best first places to look is the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain. Good luck!
      TMJ Treatment Center

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