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Joint Hypermobility Syndrome: What is it?

Joint hypermobility syndrome is a condition that affects an individual’s joints. As much as 30% of the population find their joints can be incredibly mobile and move completely out of the normal range of movements. Those who suffer from this condition often have a list of ‘Party tricks’ that they did when they were at school, and some of the positions they can get into are almost impossible for those whose joints are not as flexible.

While this syndrome may seem rather extraordinary, many people find they can live with the condition without seeking medical intervention. In this case, the condition is simply known as ‘Joint Hypermobility’

The Symptoms

Unfortunately some people suffer from pain and soft tissue injuries which can cause them mild to severe discomfort, sometimes on a daily basis. This is when the condition is known as ‘Joint Hypermobility Syndrome’ because there are associated symptoms.

The symptoms that can potentially make even the smallest movement unbearable are:

  • Inflammation of the sheath that protects a tendon, otherwise known as ‘Tenosynovitis’
  • Joint pain and dislocation – this can occur when a joint comes out of place, and it can occur even if the sufferer has not been moving

This syndrome can also cause fatigue, and make day to day living very hard. The fatigue can seem to hit at any given moment and it can be so severe that some people have simply had to stop what they are doing and rest.

The Causes

This syndrome tends to run in families and is thought to be linked to a protein known as collagen that helps to keep two bones joined together. If the collagen is a lot weaker than it ideally should be, this is when joints and ligaments can become flexible, meaning the joints are able to move out of the normal range of movements.

Treatment

The good news is that Joint Hypermobility Syndrome can be treated to a degree. In most circumstances exercise that can strengthen the joints and the muscles that surround it is required. Because the muscles around a joint have to stretch further than they really should, they can become painful, torn or pulled. If the muscle is strengthened it is less likely to hurt. This means the occurrence and severity of pain felt will be lowered, and life can seem a whole lot better.

Managing injuries

Soft tissue injuries and dislocations are frequent for anyone who suffers from this syndrome. This means suffers ideally need to find a way to manage the injuries and symptoms they have on a daily basis. The use of painkillers and non-steroid anti-inflammatories may be the only way that pain can be relieved until the joint goes back into place or the soft tissue damage has been repaired.

Can you get Rid of Stretch Marks?

Most pregnant women have to put up with stretch marks during and after their pregnancy. Stretch marks are caused when the skin is stretched but it does not have time to develop properly. This can lead to purple bumpy skin appearing, and it can look quite unpleasant.

The good news is the older your stretch marks get, the lighter their colour will be. The purple will slowly turn to red, then pink and the marks will eventually become almost silver-like. This means they will be easier to hide, but can you get rid of them for once and for all?

Some ACLS PALS, and BLS trained physicians can care for your skin. You want to have a doctor that has been trained in ACLS, PALS, and BLS in case you have an allergic response to any proscribed medication. While online ACLS, PALS, and BLS certification is not used in the actual administration of treatment it is important your doctor is always prepared for emergencies.

Boost your self-confidence

The fact of the matter is that you can get rid of stretch marks to a degree. You may not be able to say ‘Goodbye’ to them completely, but you can make a huge difference to their appearance and your self-confidence too.

Just so you know, women aren’t the only people to suffer from stretch marks, men can too. Men who have recently put on a lot of weight are likely to have stretch marks, as are teenagers who have put on a growth spurt. Stretch marks are entirely normal, but they can be embarrassing and leave you conscious of the clothes you’re wearing.

So how can you get rid of stretch marks?

Here’s how:

  • Make sure you moisturize with cream that contains Vitamin E. This vitamin is great at helping your skin to repair itself and although it will not work magic, it can help. Cocoa butter is also recommended for stretch marks too. If you’re planning to get pregnant, then you might want to moisturize the areas of your body that are typically affected by stretch marks (Stomach, breasts, and thighs).
  • Derma rollers are ideal at helping you to eliminate stretch marks. They contain minute pin heads that prick your skin as you move the roller over your stretch marks. These pin pricks will then start to heal as normal and you could effectively remove your stretch marks, but it will take time.
  • Laser surgery can work, but it’s an expensive and often painful option. Great results cannot be guaranteed no matter how much you pay as it depends on how old your stretch marks are, and the rate at which you recover.
  • Tattoos seem to be a great way for you to cover up your stretch marks, but they can have limited results. You need to make sure you find a good tattooist who is happy to work on your stretch marks and give you a tattoo you’ll love.