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Clare wrote at 2007-10-18 00:59:45
I have it too and have been having knee surgery since I was 5 ( I'm now 25). I read somewhere that about 2% of people have some form of it. I had the same concern too but I haven't had any trouble with my other joints. Surgery has corrected the knee problem and they're now good as nearly new. The best thing for it was excercise. Also from what I understand given the stretchy nature of your ligaments people like us might have dislocations a lot but we don't tend to do much damage as the whole thing will stretch not tear. Also the flexibility of your joints reduces the chance you'll get more injuries as most injuries are caused by force. I'm the clumsiest person in the world, I've had about a million nasty falls but I've only done significant damage three times at the most. I know its not very comforting but being flexible actually reduces the chance you'll get more injuries and therefore need more surgery.



Physio or physical therapy whatever you want to call it is helpful but expensive and really tedious. Yoga worked well for me because it's fun and relaxing. It's also really easy for those of us who are naturally limber. Low impact too so no soreness or injuries. You'll probably also find that a lot of the movements are very similar to the ones your physio gets you to do. I've had no dislocations since surgery and taking up regular exercise. Thats about the sum total of my knowledge. This condition puts a lot of strain on your joints (obviously) which can lead to arthritis and osteoperosis. Ask your family doctor to check you for reumatoid factors. It's a blood test to see if you have the beginnings of arthritis. I have it and am 25. Prevention is better than a cure so if you start looking after your joints now you're doing yourself a big favour.



Good luck




Monica wrote at 2008-06-12 14:40:43
I'm 19 and also have hyperelasticity, worst in my shoulders and hips, but I also have problems with my ankles, knees, and I have TMJ because my jaw dislocates. I've been experimenting with physical therapy for almost 6 years now, many different places and programs, but so far I haven't found much relief, and it has been extremely expensive.


gin wrote at 2009-05-05 21:32:21
Check into Marfan syndrome as a possibility. I am trying go figure this out my self.  I have hyperextension in all ligaments and very flexible and joints easily move out occasionally.


jazz wrote at 2009-10-10 02:43:41
i have beeen told that i have this problem by my doctor recently. i am 16 an dhave been haveing pain because of it since i was about 12. recently i tore a ligament in my right shoulder. and i havent been able to find any relief


Joney Baloney wrote at 2009-10-14 03:05:49
I have the same issue. Both of my shoulders and my hips dislocate frequently (usually just sublex, not fully dislocate). I also have issues with my knees hyper-extending. However, I have been told by a number of specialists NEVER to have surgery. This is because it is likely to either stretch right back out or to begin dislocating in another direction. The best possible remedy for this condition is physical therapy. Once you get your joints strong enough you can stop PT as long as you continue to exercise everyday or dislocation will reoccur. This really works I promise!


Omar Bakr wrote at 2010-02-14 12:00:26
I also have this problem I am 13 years old my Elbow gets dislocated all the time and I don't know what to do


Vicky wrote at 2010-10-28 10:46:01
I have had the same problem since I was 12. I am now 19. It mainly affects my shoulders and knees but I have had problems with shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees and ankles. They did a test of my flexibility on a scale of 1-7 7 being the most flexible I got 5/6. That slowly reduced to 4 with phsiotherapy. Then as soon as I turned 16 the NHS stopped the physio and I have since been trying to find somewhere that is not expensive.


Jenny wrote at 2011-11-23 20:15:42
I have hyper-elasticity too. I'm 16, but I was diagnosed at the age of seven. I get it in my spine and hips. I was told you grow out of it, but I haven't. I had chiropractics to my back, and it didn't help. Thanks, it was interesting to read :)


tehila wrote at 2012-11-05 15:39:04
ihave hyper elacticity it becomes worse during pregnancy

after pregnancy it take about a year to two yaers for full recovery the only way i manage to live life with no pain is strenghting my muscles so they can hold up my body

i work out 3 time a week 1 hour 30 aerobics 30 minuts strenght trainng there is no other way phsiotherapy is ok to learn about your body however its not enough start slow and build up u indurance i hope this helps good luck


Sherif wrote at 2013-04-05 07:46:03
Sharon, I have the same problem in my shoulder and this problem appeared after I started practicing hard sports. After that my shoulders hurt me if I exert effort on them.

so by trying to make the muscles stronger will not work because the joint does not bear the effort.

is the surgery a good solution? does it have drawbacks?

Thank you


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Sharon Davis

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I can answer questions on physical therapy after hip replacements; The problem of depression after this surgery; How to find a good surgeon; What questions to ask when interviewing a surgeon; What to expect after surgery; How hip surgery affects a younger person; What you can expect insofar as healing; Pregnancy issues, and all general questions on recuperation.

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I had my first set of bi-lateral hips put in at the age of 16. I am now 50. I have had to have my legs virtually reconstructed each time I have had the surgery. I know first hand how this surgery can affect all facets of homelife, career, child bearing, and physical appearance.

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BA English 1981 Wagner College, Staten Island, NY
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