Frequently Asked Questions - hypermobility service 

Can I be genetically tested for Joint Hypermobility Syndrome?
No, to date there is no genetic test available to identify Joint Hypermobility Syndrome.

Can the hypermobility clinic provide me with a supporting letter for work or other services?
Following your clinic attendance, you will receive a letter with the outcome and recommendations of your consultation. You are free to use your clinic letter as your feel appropriate. We are not in a position to offer additional support letters or reports.

Can I call or email the Hypermobility service with a question about my symptoms?
We can only discuss your hypermobility-related symptoms during your clinic appointment. Your clinic appointment will last up to 40 minutes.  For clinical questions outside your appointment time we advise you to discuss with your general practitioner. 
What happens if I miss my appointment?
If you do not attend your clinic appointment and you do not notify us you will be discharged from the clinic.  If you cancel your appointment on more than two occasions you will also be discharged from clinic. In both cases we will require a new referral if you wish to re-attend.

What can I expect from musculoskeletal outpatient therapy services?
A therapist will assess your ability to exercise and/or be more active and advise you on the type of exercise/activities you can do. The aim of physiotherapy or hand therapy is to introduce a general exercise programme that you can continue independently. Keeping fit and active is a key part of managing hypermobility-related symptoms.

What can I expect from pain management programmes?
Pain Management programmes tend to offer group sessions for people with persistent/chronic pain.  The programmes will not take away your pain but will help you to manage your pain. This is called a ‘self-management approach’ and involves learning new skills to help you reduce the effect or impact that pain has on your life.