Beighton Scoring System

The Beighton Score is a simple validated system used to quantify joint laxity and hypermobility. If you think you may have hypermobility, you can check your Beighton Score using the table below

Give yourself 1 point for each of the simple tests that you can do, with the maximum score being 9 points. Most people score less than 2, and only three to four in a hundred healthy people score 4 points or more.

Test Points
Able to put hands flat on the floor with knees straight1
Able to bend left elbow backwards (hyperextend beyond 10°)1
Able to bend right elbow backwards (hyperextend beyond 10°)1
Able to bend your left thumb back on the front of your forearm1
Able to bend your right thumb back on the front of your forearm1
Able to bend you left little (fifth) finger back beyond 90°1
Able to bend your right little (fifth) finger back beyond 90°1
Able to bend your left knee backwards(hyperextend beyond 10°)1
Able to bend you right knee backwards (hyperextend beyond 10°1

 

The Beighton Score can be categorised into three groups:

  • 0-2 points not hypermobile
  • 3-4 points moderately hypermobile
  • 5-9 points distinctly hypermobile

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