Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy
Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders (HSD) / Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS)

Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders (HSD) / Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS).

The term “hypermobility” refers to joints that move more than is expected. Hypermobility is very natural in most babies and children, decreasing gradually over time.

When accompanied by joint instability and pain, hypermobility is considered symptomatic and may be accompanied by other symptoms. Currently, symptomatic hypermobility is classified under the term Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder (HSD).

Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS) is also characterized by symptomatic joint hypermobility and must also meet other diagnostic criteria. Often symptoms for HSD and hEDS are very similar. The minimum age for assessment for HSD is age 6. Formal diagnosis of hEDS may not be made prior to skeletal maturity or when the individual has stopped growing.

Children and adolescents with HSD may have:

  • Joint pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Fatigue
  • Clumsiness
  • Difficulty with writing

It is recommended for children and adolescents with symptomatic HSD to receive occupational and/or physical therapies as a primary intervention for managing their symptoms.

Why Choose US?

At Cincinnati Children's, our therapists:

  • Have received specialized training to manage pediatric HSD and hEDS
  • Deliver coordinated care with other specialty services
  • Work with children and parents to deliver the best possible individualized therapy care plan

Locations of Service

Therapy services for HSD is offered at several locations in the Greater Cincinnati area.