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J Musculoskelet Neuronal Interact, 2022; 22(1): 15-26, PMID: 35234155

Correlation of muscle and bone parameters, daily function and participation in women with generalized joint hypermobility: a descriptive evaluation

Year: 2022

Gere Luder, Daniel Aeberli, Christine Mueller Mebes, Bettina Haupt-Bertschy,Martin L. Verra, Jean-Pierre Baeyens
Department of Physiotherapy, Bern University Hospital, Bern, Switzerland


Objectives: Generalized joint hypermobility GJH) has a prevalence in women of 15% to 35%. GJH may lead to impaired movement control, frequent sprains or subluxations and pain, and can be associated with early osteoarthritis or chronic fatigue. Aim of this project was to analyse muscle strength, muscle cross-sectional area (mCSA) and daily function in women with GJH and to analyse correlations between these measurements. Methods: Descriptive cross-sectional study of women with GJH, defined by Beighton score .6/9. Assessments included muscle strength, mCSA by peripheral Quantitative Computed Tomography (pQCT), stair climbing, as well as two questionnaires. Spearmanfs correlations between parameters were calculated. Results: 51 women with a mean age of 26.5 years participated, whereof 18 (35%) had a Beighton score of 9/9 and 17 (33%) attained 8/9. Internal correlations between strength measurements were high, whereas pQCT parameters were less correlated. Strength was moderately correlated with mCSA, while correlations with stair climbing and SF-36 were not significant. Conclusions: This study provides insight into the muscle and bone properties of women with GJH. Only slight differences were seen compared to normative values. Correlations between various dimensions were middle or low, indicating the complex relationship between strength, muscle properties and function.

Keywords: Beighton Score, Disability, Muscle Cross-Sectional-Area, Muscle Strength, Stair Climbing
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