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 Synovial Joint Joint Hypermobility 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Beighton
    • 1
  • Rodney Grahame
    • 2
  • Howard Bird
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Human GeneticsUniversity of Cape Town Medical SchoolCape TownSouth Africa
  2. 2.Hypermobility ClinicUCL HospitalsLondonUK
  3. 3.Clinical Pharmacology UnitUniversity of Leeds, Chapel Allerton HospitalLeeds, West YorkshireUK

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