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Connective tissue disorders like Hyper Mobility encompass a wide range of conditions. These disorders can be caused by changes in the connective tissues such as bone, ligaments, tendons and skin.
These disorders can be variable because many affected people have a mixture of different symptoms. People with these disorders may have:
- Too much joint movement (hypermobility)
- Not enough joint movement (joint contractures – hypomobility)
- Joint dislocations/instability
- Hip dysplasia
- Excessive laxity (looseness) of skin
- Fragile bones, skin, ligaments
- Reduced muscle strength
- Poor balance
- Postural problems
- Continence issues
Connective tissue disorders can include:
- Benign Joint Hypermobility Syndrome
- Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
- Marfan Syndrome
- Loeys-Dietz Syndrome
Our paediatric physiotherapists are very experienced at assessing and treating connective tissue disorders. We understand the impact that these disorders can have on the child and their families. Treatment programs can include strength and core stability exercises, balance and proprioception, reducing recurrent dislocations, reducing continence issues, increasing cardiac fitness. We can liase with the school and physical education staff. We also offer hydrotherapy classes and home visits, if required.