Here at JNT Dental we have a large patient base that have hypermobility disorders. What is a hypermobility disorder? There are multiple different kinds, the most common ones that we see are Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome or a Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder. In future blog posts we will be going over what some of these disorders are specifically and just how they affect the body and jaw joint in particular. So, to jump right in, what is hypermobility? Normally the connective tissues work together with the ligaments, muscles and joints to ensure proper stability and contain the joint in the “normal” range of motion. Hypermobility is where there is a defect in the connective tissue that results in the joint having a much larger range of motion. Now, some people will ask, why is that bad? Many people would believe that having a greater range of motion in your joints can be an advantage, especially if someone participates in sports like gymnastics or dancing. Hypermobility can occur in a few joints or can be widespread throughout the body. The dangers of these disorders can include injuries such as ligament sprains or pulls, joint dislocations, tendon tears, disc prolapse, chronic pain, and skin that may stretch, scar or bruise more easily. Of course these types of injuries can occur in anyone but are far more common in people with a hypermobile disorder as the defective connective tissues can’t offer the same amount of support and restraint as these joints require to stay in the correct range of motion.