Practitioner Course

Joint Hypermobility Disorder

Identify and care for patients with hypermobility spectrum disorders.

Online Course
1 lesson


12 Months OR Subscriber Pass


1 hour 10 minutes total


Ann Childers

About this course

Joint hypermobility has traditionally been perceived as a lifelong, asymptomatic trait lacking clinical significance. However, contemporary insights now associate hypermobility with a diverse array of symptoms, leading to the identification of Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders (HSD), which encompasses conditions such as Ehlers-Danlos hypermobile type.

A considerable number of individuals have endured various seemingly unrelated symptoms, lacking recognition for a specific condition. It is now understood that many of these individuals have an underlying HSD, elucidating the origins of numerous perplexing symptoms. Approximately 20% of the population exhibits hypermobility, making it a potentially valuable clinical indicator. Unfortunately, these patients often encounter frustration as their condition is not well comprehended by many clinicians, resulting in them seeking medical attention as a last resort. The list of symptoms associated with HSD is surprisingly long and you see them every day.

Dr Ann Childers herself has HSD and now sees these people often in her clinic. She says that very, very frequently people are saying to her “I have pain all over. My body doesn’t work right, yet my tests and x-rays are normal. My psychiatrist says I’m anxious, depressed and have somatoform disorder. A family doctor says it’s just stress. I’m tired of being sick and tired. Can you help me?" Dr. Childers sheds light on the extensive spectrum of Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders, detailing her diagnostic approach and care for the increasing number of patients with HSD under her care.
What you receive:
  • Clear protocol explanations from some of the world's top practitioners
  • Clinical pearls for improved practice results
  • Access to your audio and video recordings via the App Store
  • A downloadable PDF of the presenter’s slides
  • Links to all referenced research papers and useful clinical handouts
  • Access to the community hub where you can get answers to your questions
  • A 30-day money back guarantee

From this course you will

  • Understand why many, many people are suffering without a diagnosis or a solution
  • Learn how to recognise patients with a possible hypermobility disorder
  • Know how to assess for these conditions
  • Discover an unseen spectrum of disorders that have challenged clinicians for many years without resolution
  • Have a range of solutions for these people
  • Be able to help many patients who have had nil success with many previous clinicians

What's in this course

Your Presenter

Dr Ann Childers MD

Dr Ann Childers MD is a child- and adult-trained psychiatric physician with a special interest in regaining the physical and mental health of children, adolescents and adults through standard care integrated with principles of nutrition and sleep. In her practice Dr Childers provides continuous glucose monitor testing, genetics testing and temperament testing to individualise treatment in harmony with metabolic, genetic and personality characteristics.

Dr. Childers has published a number of textbook chapters, among them ‘Nutritional Aspects of Psychiatry’ for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: The Essentials (Cheng and Myers, 2011). A local and international lecturer, Dr. Childers’ lectures and podcasts are available on the Internet. A member and fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, with membership in the Oregon Psychiatric Physician Association, the American Medical Association, the Nutrition and Metabolism Society and the Obesity Medicine Association, Dr. Childers sees patients who desire an integrated approach to psychiatric care, sleep, genetic and metabolism management.