Why does hypermobility cause body pain?

Why does hypermobility cause body pain?
Why does hypermobility cause body pain?

Why does hypermobility cause body pain is a common question we get as physical therapists.

Hypermobility is a condition where a person’s joints have an unusually large range of motion.

While hypermobility itself may not necessarily cause pain, it can contribute to pain and discomfort.

Here are several reasons:

  1. Ligament laxity: Hypermobility is often associated with increased laxity or looseness of the ligaments that hold joints together. This can result in joints that are less stable and more prone to injury, leading to pain.
  2. Muscle fatigue: People with hypermobility may use their muscles differently to compensate for the instability in their joints. This can lead to muscle fatigue and overuse, which can cause pain.
  3. Joint subluxations and dislocations: Hypermobility can make it easier for joints to partially dislocate (subluxate) or fully dislocate. This can be painful and may require medical intervention to reduce the joint and manage pain.
  4. Osteoarthritis: Over time, the increased stress and strain on hypermobile joints can contribute to the development of osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint condition that can cause chronic pain.
  5. Soft tissue injuries: The increased flexibility of joints in hypermobility can make it easier to strain or injure the surrounding soft tissues, such as tendons and muscles, leading to pain.
  6. Postural issues: Hypermobility can affect a person’s posture, leading to muscle imbalances and discomfort. Poor posture can strain muscles and joints, causing pain.
  7. Inflammatory conditions: Some individuals with hypermobility may also have underlying inflammatory conditions like Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which can cause joint pain and other symptoms.


It’s important to note that not everyone with hypermobility experiences pain, and the severity of symptoms can vary widely from person to person.

Pain management and treatment for hypermobility-related pain often involve a combination of physical therapy, strengthening exercises, joint stabilization techniques, and, in some cases, medications to manage pain and inflammation.

If you suspect you have hypermobility and are experiencing pain, it’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan.

Treatment options for hypermobility

Customized physical therapy is valuable for both men and women who experience hypermobility or even diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. It can significantly improve quality of life and help individuals regain control and confidence in their body.

At PhysioFit of NC, we have the expert team in physical therapy to help you to the fullest.

We provide a comprehensive treatment approach through our Hypermobility Strengthening Program. This is a whole body approach to improve body awareness, target the approach muscle stabilizers and improve muscle imbalances.

Don’t hesitate to contact us today so we can help you!