Generalized joint hypermobility (GJH) often presents with chronic musculoskeletal pain (MSP). Our study looked into a possible correlation of hypermobility of the spine and chronic back/neck pain in young adults. Undergraduate students at our university were invited to complete an anonymous survey that included questions about chronic musculoskeletal pain and the severity of pain. They were also assessed for hypermobility of the spine, i.e., the ability to rest the palms of their hands flat on the floor with both knees fully extended. Preliminary data analysis suggests that participants with spine hypermobility were more likely to report chronic neck/back pain than participants without spine hypermobility. However, this differs for male and female participants, as male participants with spine hypermobility were more likely to report chronic neck/back pain than male participants without spine hypermobility, but female participants with spine hypermobility were not more likely to report chronic neck/back pain than female participants without spine hypermobility. Additionally, neither male nor female participants with spine hypermobility reported different averages of pain intensity for their chronic neck/back pain.
Associate Professor, Marieb College of Health and Human Services, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida, United States
Generalized joint hypermobility, Hypermobility of the spine, Chronic back/neck pain