Norfolk hospital in appeal to find children with ‘bendy joints’

Children with unusually 'bendy joints' are being sought for a research project at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

The paediatric rheumatology team at the hospital are studying benign joint hypermobility.

The study is aiming to recruit a total of 126 children aged between five and 16 by March next year, to discover whether a targeted programme of physiotherapy and occupational therapy can help them.

Symptoms of joint hypermobility include aches and pains and co-ordination difficulties. Around 30 per cent of children are believed to have the condition but the majority do not suffer any pain and many go undiagnosed.

Of the children who come forward, once they are deemed suitable to take part in 'The Bendy Study', they will be invited to have an assessment with a physiotherapist.


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Some will then receive a targeted programme of physiotherapy and occupational therapy to work on the affected areas of the body.

If you have a child who you think is affected by hypermobility and would be interested in participating in the study, ask your GP for a referral to paediatrician Dr Kate Armon.

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For more information call 01603 597271 or email laura.watts@nnuh.nhs.uk

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