Hypermobility in joints refers to the ability of a joint to move beyond what is considered the normal range of motion for that joint. It is based on congenital variations of collagen that affect the structure and function of ligaments and tendons as well as other structures that depend on collagen for their function, such as intervertebral discs or blood vessels. Joint hypermobility is relatively common, especially in females in some Asian and African populations. A number of heritable disorders of connective tissues are associated with joint hypermobility and those patients may experience significant symptoms, many of which manifest outside the musculoskeletal system.
Since its inception in 2014, Dr. Reuter's hypermobile joint research team has focused on collecting data on the prevalence of generalized joint hypermobility (GJH) and localized joint hypermobility (LJH) in young adults as well as a correlation to musculoskeletal injuries and chronic musculoskeletal pain.
Undergraduate and graduate team members presented posters at national conferences. So far, three articles were published in or submitted to peer-reviewed journals.
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