If you have joint hypermobility syndrome, you may be at increased risk of injuring your joints – for example, by partially or completely dislocating them (when the joint comes out of its correct position). Joints, particularly the shoulder or knee-cap, can dislocate if overstretched.
A dislocated joint will need to be moved back into place, usually in hospital, in a procedure called a reduction. Some people with joint hypermobility syndrome may be able to put their joints back into place themselves. However, you should still seek medical attention if you have dislocated a joint.
You may also be at increased risk of soft tissue injuries such as:
- tenosynovitis – inflammation (swelling) of the protective sheath around a tendon (the tough, rubbery cords that link muscles to bones)
- bursitis – inflammation of a bursa (a small, fluid-filled sac found over the joints and between tendons and bones)
- epicondylitis (tennis elbow) – a condition that affects the outside of the elbow, causing swelling and pain