How Flexible is Hyperflexible?
Many of us may consider ourselves to be flexible. But how do we distinguish between flexibility and joint hypermobility? Joint hypermobility is determined by the Beighton Score, a simple joint flexibility score that quantifies joint laxity and hypermobility.
Using the Beighton Score, one point is assigned for the ability to accomplish each of the following movements:
- Bending your small finger back further than 90 degrees (1 point each side)
- Bending your elbow beyond a straight line (1 point each side)
- Bending your knee beyond a straight line (1 point each side)
- Putting your palms flat on the floor without bending your knees
- Bending your thumb back to touch the front of your forearm (1 point each side)
When your Beighton score is equal to or greater than 5, then Benign Hypermobility Syndrome is diagnosed, a recognized disorder that affects about 5% of the population.
My Beighton Score Says I’m Hypermobile. Now What?
If your Beighton Score indicates you have joint hypermobility, you may not experience any issues. In fact, many don’t! But, if you are noticing other symptoms such as migraines, sleep problems, gastrointestinal problems, poor blood pressure regulation and more, then Ehlers-Danos Syndrome or a hypermobility syndrome may be present.
The good news is recognizing you’re hypermobile at the outset is a start! The correct diagnosis can ensure you receive a comprehensive and appropriate treatment for all your symptoms. When you seek medical help, be proactive and make them aware of your hypermobility. Doing so can have profound implications for your treatment and relief.
Learn More About Hypermobility Syndromes
Having joint hypermobility isn’t always a bad thing. Read my article Are you Hyperflexible? Understanding Joint Hypermobility, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, and Hypermobility Syndromes to better understand your joint hypermobility, the symptoms that may accompany it and how you can get help.