I recently went to see a specialist to figure out some medical issues I am dealing with. They are currently doing blood work to rule out auto-immune disorders and I’ll go back in a few weeks for the next steps. However, while I was there I got some surprise news – I have Joint Hypermobility Syndrome. Wait… is that why my knees bend all the way backward like that? I found this really interesting since I have had this my whole life, but nobody has ever mentioned it was actually a thing before.
How did I get Joint Hypermobility Syndrome? –
I was born with it and have been like this (it is extremely visible in my knees) as long as I can remember. Turns out it usually runs in families and it looks like my dad has it too, thanks dad. (He would like to point out it is my mother’s fault that I snort when I laugh though, so they are even. hahaha)
What parts of my body are affected? –
I don’t notice it in my upper body at all; however, my hips, knees, and ankles definitely catch the brunt of it. This helps explain why no matter how much I stretch, roll, take rest days, listen to my body, and all that jazz I still have problems with my hips, knees, and ankles. (I’ll admit it is kind of nice to know why instead of always wondering if I am doing something wrong.)
What issues can Joint Hypermobility Syndrome Cause for Runners –
There is a chance for increased muscle and joint pain in the hips, knees, and ankles and a higher likelihood of ankle strains, sprains, and rolls. (This was another a-ha moment for me. All this time I thought I was just a clumsy hot mess, but turns out maybe I am pre-disposed to rolled ankles!)
Where will I go from here?
This is something I always had and it won’t go away, now I just have a diagnosis for why my hips, knees, and ankles are always a mess – Joint Hypermobility Syndrome. It won’t stop me from running. However, it pretty much guarantees that I will need to continue to see my sports med chiro every two weeks for as long as I am running (we do active release therapy on pretty much my entire lower body) and that I will have to be smart and listen to my body. (For example: I rolled my right ankle yesterday on a run and it is super sore today so I took a rest day even though I would rather have been running.)
Let me know-
Do you see any chiros, massage therapists, etc. to help you with your running/workouts.