Hypermobility-spectrum disorders are a set of genetic conditions that mean your body produces connective tissue a little bit differently.
People with hypermobility may experience a range of different symptoms. In some cases, the hypermobility can be limited to the joints, causing musculoskeletal pain.
In others, some of the other systems of the body can also be affected, such as the cardiovascular and digestive systems. We don’t often think about it, but we have connective tissue all throughout our body.
I’m writing about hypermobility because I believe many people with SI joint issues may be hypermobile, although they may not yet know it.
I actually did not realize it was a factor for me until my 30’s– not because it wasn’t affecting me, but because none of the medical professionals who were working with me were trained to detect it.
That’s why I’m doing my best to bring awareness now.
If you are hypermobile, there are things you can do (for your SI joint, and overall). The first step is identifying the problem!
These are some of the posts I’ve written so far– more to come!
- My hypermobility history, Part 1: The first time someone ever told me I was hypermobile
- My hypermobility history, Part 2: “You need to always keep your muscles strong”
- The SI joint and hypermobility: how an SI joint can be hypermobile, either through genetics or a localized injury
- What hypermobile people can teach you: People living with hypermobility, as well as the practitioners who treat us, have had to think outside the box and come up with a lot of strategies you might not find in the mainstream. We are resourceful, because we have to be.
- New England area hypermobility resources: treatment options in my little corner of the world
Seeing a geneticist to get my diagnosis: