Hypermobility Syndrome (cont.)

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Can joint hypermobility syndrome be prevented?

Because joint hypermobility syndrome is inherited, it is not preventable. Nevertheless, when joint hypermobility syndrome causes symptoms, preventing injury and pain is possible by avoiding trauma and with appropriate treatments.

What is the outlook (prognosis) for those affected by joint hypermobility syndrome?

Frequently, there are no long-term consequences of joint hypermobility syndrome. However, hypermobile joints can lead to joint pain. Over time, joint hypermobility can lead to degenerative cartilage and arthritis. Certain hypermobile joints can be at risk for injury, such sprained ligaments.

Medically reviewed by Aimee V. HachigianGould, MD; American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

REFERENCES:

Koopman, William, et al., eds. Clinical Primer of Rheumatology. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2003.

Ruddy, Shaun, et al., eds. Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology. Philadelphia: W B Saunders Co., 2000.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/17/2014

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