Hypermobility and Musculoskeletal Pain in Adolescents

The Journal of Pediatrics

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This study investigated the relationship between hypermobility and musculoskeletal pain (MSP) in a group of 1584 Australian teenagers.  They assessed each participant for generalised joint hypermobility (GJH) based on having a Beighton score of 4 or more or 6 or more.  They also asked participants to self report MSP occurring in the last month, lasting over 3 months and made worse by sport.

The authors found the prevalence of GJH to be 60.6% for girls and 36.7% in boys when their Beighton score was 4 or more and 26.1% for girls and 11.5% for boys when the Beighton score was 6 or more.  A link between higher socioeconomic status and GJH was seen in girls. In boys having GJH was associated with having a lower body mass index.  There was also an association between GJH in boys (with a Beighton score of 6 or more) and some of the reported pain.

Published by Elsevier.


Read the whole article here:http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022347616310447?showall%3Dtrue%26via%3Dihub

Susan L. Morris, Peter B. O'Sullivan, Kevin J. Murray, Natasha Bear, Beth Hands, Anne J. Smith, Hypermobility and Musculoskeletal Pain in Adolescents, The Journal of Pediatrics, Volume 181, 2017, Pages 213-221.e1, ISSN 0022-3476, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpeds.2016.09.060.