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Posted On: 7th May 2015

Double Jointed Fix On ITV

Fixer Ruth Goode
Ruth wears splints to support her joints
Dr Toby Smith, Physiotherapy Lecturer, UEA

‘I can sprain a wrist or damage an elbow just by picking up a bag if it’s too heavy.’


Ruth Goode (17) from Norwich has hypermobility syndrome and is campaigning to raise awareness of the condition and the challenges she faces every day.  


Her story was broadcast on ITV News Anglia on Thursday 14th May.

In the TV piece, Ruth explains hypermobility syndrome, its impact and her plans to produce an animated film with Fixers to get her message across.


‘Since I was ten I’ve been left with various injuries, mainly sprained wrists, sprained ankles and sore knees,’ Ruth says.


‘I spend a lot of time going in and out of hospital.

'I have physio appointments, occupational therapy, hydrotherapy and the odd emergency trip when I’ve badly sprained a wrist, knee or ankle.


‘I really enjoy water sports but sadly at the moment I’m not able to do very much.’


Dr Toby Smith, a Physiotherapy Lecturer at the University of East Anglia, also appears in the broadcast film, to share his expert views and support Ruth’s campaign.

'I think the general population have a low awareness of hypermobility syndrome,' he explains.

'Ruth's project to increase that awareness is very, very important.'

Watch Ruth's TV film at the top of this page. 


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Luke Murphy has also been sharing his experiences of life with joint
hypermobility syndrome on TV. Watch his broadcast film.

 

Author: Emily Tolloczko

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