Joint hypermobility syndrome: Problems that require psychological intervention

C. Baeza-Velasco, M. C. Gély-Nargeot, A. Bulbena Vilarrasa, J. F. Bravo

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Joint hypermobility syndrome (JHS), also known as Ehlers-Danlos III, is an inherited disorder of connective tissue, characterised by an exceptional increase in the joint's mobility and the presence of musculoskeletal and other symptoms. It is a benign syndrome if compared with the other types of Ehlers-Danlos, but it can become disabling particularly because it is a signiWcant source of pain and distress. The purpose of this work is to describe some common problems in JHS that render psychological intervention in their overall management relevant. Chronic pain, associated psychopathological factors such as anxiety, depression and somatosensory ampliWcation, and problems arising from a lack of recognition and knowledge of the syndrome, are frequent among those aVected, having a negative impact on their quality of life. We emphasise the relevance of addressing JHS from a biopsychosocial approach. © 2010 Springer-Verlag.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1131-1136
JournalRheumatology International
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2011


  • Chronic pain
  • Joint hypermobility syndrome
  • Psychological treatment


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