Prevalence of hypermobility in adolescents in adolescents
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the prevalence of the Beighton score as a generalized measure of hypermobility among adolescents aged 13-17 years. METHODS: Prospective study of 421 adolescents of age group 13-17 years participated. 271 (64.3%) were males and 150(35.6%) were females. Adolescent’s joints and movements were assessed according to Beighton score with proper care. RESULTS: More than 43% of adolescents scored equal or more than 6/9 on Beighton score. Beighton score showed the significant difference with age. (It decreases with age). There was significant difference in Beighton score for gender, showing higher female dominance. Adolescents with higher BMI were less hypermobile. The particular component of Beighton score was also assessed among the adolescents. CONCLUSION: Prevalence of Beighton score as a generalized measure of hypermobility is predicted.
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The study included 421 adolescents. 271 were males and 150 were females. Beighton score was explained to the adolescents and the score included 5 components. The prevalence was depicted using SPSS and 43.8% adolescents come out to be hypermobile.