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What is the difference between hypermobility and natural flexibility?

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Dr. Laurence Badgley
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In brief: Hypermobility

Loose ligaments enable people with this to attain greater than normal ranges of joint movement.
They are more flexible than most ; can become accomplished gymnasts ; athletes. They can also be more easily injured by mechanical falls ; accidents. Some doctors believe that people with joint hypermobility syndrome (jhs) are prone to fibromyalgia from injuries, obesity ; muscle deconditioning.

In brief: Hypermobility

Loose ligaments enable people with this to attain greater than normal ranges of joint movement.
They are more flexible than most ; can become accomplished gymnasts ; athletes. They can also be more easily injured by mechanical falls ; accidents. Some doctors believe that people with joint hypermobility syndrome (jhs) are prone to fibromyalgia from injuries, obesity ; muscle deconditioning.
Dr. Laurence Badgley
Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Dr. Laurence Badgley
JHS CRITERIA SITES  Many people with fibromyalgia have an underlying condition of Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (JHS).  It is possible for anyone to easily find out if they have this condition at:   benign joint hypermobility syndrome-gp-training.net.  Also at:  www.gp-training.net/rheum/hypermobility/index.htm.   In studying this medical condition it is useful to know that there is a Brighton Criteria and a Beighton Score for joint hypermobility.   Both evaluations are essentially looking for the same physical condition.  They are spelled differently. 
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