Biomechanics of Hypermobility: Selected Aspects

  • Peter Beighton
  • Rodney Grahame
  • Howard Bird


In an early paper, Sutro (1947) drew attention to the biomechanical aspects of hypermobility. In a study of recurrent effusions in the knees and ankles of American army recruits, he noted an increased range of both active and passive movement in the affected joints. He argued in favour of an “over-length” of certain articular, capsular and ligamentous tissues, and suggested that there might be disproportion in the relative rate of growth of the bones and their attached ligaments.


Anterior Cruciate Ligament Joint Laxity Metacarpophalangeal Joint Acetabular Dysplasia Synovial Joint 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Beighton
    • 1
  • Rodney Grahame
    • 2
  • Howard Bird
    • 3
  1. 1.MRC Research Unit for Inherited Skeletal Disorders, Medical School and Groot Schuur HospitalUniversity of Cape TownSouth Africa
  2. 2.Rheumatology Unit, Division of Medicine, United Medical and Dental SchoolsGuy’s HospitalLondonUK
  3. 3.Royal Bath HospitalUniversity of Leeds, and Clinical Pharmacology Unit (Rheumatism Research)HarrogateUK

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