Joint hypermobility is a risk factor for musculoskeletal pain during adolescence: Findings of a prospective cohort study

Tobias, J. H., Deere, K., Palmer, S., Clark, E. M., & Clinch, J. (2013). Joint hypermobility is a risk factor for musculoskeletal pain during adolescence: Findings of a prospective cohort study. Arthritis and Rheumatism, 65(4), 1107–1115.

This cohort study evaluates whether joint hypermobility in childhood is a risk factor for the development of musculoskeletal pain. 2,901 participants were evaluated for joint hypermobility at age 14 and for musculoskeletal pain at age 18. Joint hypermobility was associated with an increased risk of musculoskeletal pain in the shoulder, knee, and ankle/foot, but not in the spine, elbows, hands, and hips. These relationships were strongest in participants with obesity.

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