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AuthorBeighton, Peter. author
TitleHypermobility of Joints [electronic resource] / by Peter Beighton, Rodney Grahame, Howard Bird
ImprintLondon : Springer London : Imprint: Springer, 1983
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Descript XIII, 178 p. online resource


Although those of us (and particularly orthopaedists and rheumatologists) who deal with locomotor diseases in man are concerned mainly with stiffness and limitation of movementยญ affecting not only livelihood but also the quality of life-from time to time we see patients suffering from too much of a good thing, whose joints are too freely mobile for the good of the whole man. In most instances, at least in youth, the benefit outweighs the debit. Many hypermobile people in the performing worldยญ ballet dancers, circus gymnasts, musicians and sportsmen and women-have delighted audiences over 20 centuries with their unusual ability, prowess and postures. Some types of acquired hypermobility can, however, be disadvantageous, an example being tabes dorsalis with its flaccid joints and perhaps pain as well. In a similar way the restored-to-normal mobility of treated rheumatoid patients (whether by prednisone or longer term drugs such as penicillamine or gold) must be considered abnormal-as hypermobility for that patient which in the longยญ term may hasten secondary arthrotic changes. This treatise deals, however, with the abnormally mobile, either as an effect of inherited connective tissue abnormality or as one end of the normal range of mobility, without any obvious connective tissue change. It comes at a fecund time in our knowledge of the intricacies of the collagen molecule, with intriguing questions concerning the development of local typeยญ specific structures. The fibroblast may yet expand to the same diversity as the once humble lymphocyte


Section I: Basic Aspects of Hypermobility -- 1. Introduction to Hypermobility -- 2. Assessment of Hypermobility -- 3. Histopathology and Collagen Chemistry in Hypermobility -- 4. Biomechanics of Hypermobility; Selected Aspects -- Section II: Clinical Aspects of Hypermobility -- 5. Clinical Features of Hypermobility (Locomotor Stystem and Extra-articular) -- 6. Management of Articular Complications in the Hypermobility Syndrome -- 7. Illustrative Case Histories -- 8. Hypermobility in the Performing Arts and Sport -- Section III: Inherited Hypermobility Syndromes -- 9. Ehlersโ{128}{148}Danlos Syndrome -- 10. Familial Undifferentiated Hypermobility Syndromes -- 11. Miscellaneous Joint Laxity Syndromes

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