My daughter has been diagnosed with joint hypermobility. She's just turned fourteen and has been swimming competitively since age seven. She began noticing pain in her groin area from the age of eight. It would come and go, but didn't present as a chronic condition. She has been swimming all four strokes and it wasn't until a few months after she had turned eleven that the pain became more regular. It was most apparent when she did breaststroke. A visiting sports exercise instructor suggested that she do a set of exercises which stretched her adductor muscles in both legs. It didn't assist her condition and at eleven years and three months she ceased doing breaststroke. Diving and pushing off the wall also presented pain in her groin area. She went to boarding school and she continued swimming for another year by which time the pain had become progressively worse. At twelve years and six months she found walking painful. At this time she stopped swimming altogether. She came home and we took her every week to a sports physio, with no improvement, then a physio specialist who requested an MRI. From the MRI he noted swelling in and around the pubic bone and diagnosed that she had a groin injury similar to what footballers get. He suggested another physio for ongoing treatment. He hadn't picked up that she had hypermobility. Every day she would use a Scenar device and once a week visit the Scenar therapist for more intense treatment. She showed an improvement but there was still pain at different times. Then she had twice weekly treatment with a Pilates therapist who worked on swimmers. Integrating balance and core strength was her method of treatment. Julia found that this therapy helped her bring greater strength and balance to her core area. The pain still persisted. Finally, I took her to my doctor who works with various sports people. He saw the MRI and accompanying notes and after requesting a series of blood tests and carrying out some of his own physical testing stated that she may have a mild form of Marfan’s Syndrome. He referred us to a Paediatric Physiologist, who has concluded after more blood tests that in fact she doesn’t have Marfan’s but is genetically hypermobile in her joints.
She’s been back into swim training (though no breaststroke) for four weeks. The time away has probably helped to ease the swelling in her groin area. The pain has not been as persistent as it used to be. Can anyone assist with an exercise regime she can do to continue outside of the pool to help her inherent joint hyper mobility while she continues with her swim training?
Asked by Anthony Gibson - 0 answers - 4 years 25 weeks ago