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Could you please tell me if hypermobility syndrome is affected by things such as damp, cold weather, wet weather or mold? Could you tell me what other outside factors can affect the condition please?

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The Answer

Hypermobility can cause a range of symptoms but this condition is normally triggered by four main factors:

The first of these is the structure of your collagen which is a protein found in some types of tissue such as ligaments. Ligaments are fibres that support your organs and tissues. If the collagen structure is altered, the ligaments may be weakened as a result. This may be a genetic condition. Other genetic or inherited conditions may also be associated with hypermobility such as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Marfan syndrome and Osteogenesis Imperfecta.

The next factor affecting this condition is the shape of the end of your bones where there is a joint. This shape defines how far your limbs can be moved. If, for example, the socket in which the bone sits is shallow, the limb will be more flexible than if it is deeper.

Hypotonia (reduced muscle tone) is a factor that may affect children with hypermobility, resulting in children having more flexible joints than usual.

Finally, proprioception – the sense of position and movement of our joints can affect this condition. Some people with hypermobility have an abnormal sense of proprioception which gives them a wider range of movement.

I have not been able to find anything to indicate that damp, cold weather, wet weather or mould have any effect on this condition.

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses  

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