Wednesday, December 15, 2010

New Hypermobility App on iTunes

Doctor Bradly Tinkle, author of two great books on Hypermobility Syndrome - Issues and Management of Joint Hypermobility, and Joint Hypermobility Handbook - has recently released an app on iTunes. The app is called 'JHDiagnosis' and can be found in the Utilities category in the app store - it is most easily found by simply searching for the word 'hypermobility' in iTunes.

This app takes you step by step through the Beighton Criteria, the most authoritative test used to diagnose generalized joint hypermobility or laxity. The app features pictures of each movement tested, an explanation of how the Beighton Criteria is used, and narration by Dr. Brad Tinkle himself. The app also includes movements not included on the official Beighton criteria, but which are extremely useful when trying to diagnose HMS.

I would highly recommend that every HMS patient download this app (compatible with iPhone and iPad and its free!) to learn a little bit more about the condition. Then, bring your iPod to work, school, or just out and about and test your coworkers, friends, and family to see if they may have one of the major symptoms of HMS (NOTE: This app cannot diagnose Hypermobility Syndrome, instead, it screens for generalized joint hypermobility, a symptom which can be caused by a number of connective tissue diseases, HMS being chief among these). Also, encourage your doctors - GPs, Physical Therapists, Orthopedists, OBGYNs, Rheumatologists - to download this app as well. This will not only help them understand you and your medical concerns more, but will also help them spot Hypermobility Syndrome in their other patients.

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