Hypermobility: A Cause of Joint Pain in Children and Adolescents

The Journal for Nurse Practitioners

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This a short article describing Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (JHS) and its diagnosis and treatment.  It is aimed at nurses and explains the criteria for diagnosis (having an unusually large range of movement in joints which is usually only diagnosed after the age of 5) and how pain is often associated with the condition.

Treatment for JHS is discussed and depends on the individual patient.  Some patients will need medication to manage the pain, thought needs to be given to the psychological effect of the pain as well as its impact on the patient’s quality of life.  Physical and Occupational Therapy may be given in the form of exercises to protect joints and to prevent injury.  In some cases a referral to a Rheumatologist or Geneticist may be needed.

Published by:Elsevier

Read the whole article here: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1555415516304366?showall%3Dtrue%26via%3Dihub

The Journal for Nurse Practitioners , Volume 13 , Issue 2 , e101 - e102

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nurpra.2016.08.002

A. Richmond and B. Nelson.