Index to Chiropractic Literature
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ID 22298
  Title Research. Clinical brief: Recognition of Benign Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (BJHS)
Journal Top Integr Health Care. 2012 ;3(1):Online access only 5 p
Peer Review Yes
Publication Type Article

The first known reference to joint laxity which leads to joint hypermobility is attributed to Hippocrates who, in the 4th century BC, described the Scythians as being "so-loose-limbed that they were unable to draw a bow-string or hurl a javelin." The prevalence of generalized joint hypermobility varies from 10 to 30 percent. This was illustrated in a study of 123 healthy medical students where 22 (18%) had at least one lax joint, and 14 others (11%) had three or more lax joints. Joint laxity is more common in the right limb, females, blacks, and in children from families with higher socioeconomic status.

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