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Beighton Score

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Other Names

  • Beighton-Horan scale
  • Beighton Score


Illustration of the Beighton scoring system[1]
  • Evaluate for connective tissue disorder or hypermobility
  • A score of 5 or more on 9-point scale defines joint hypermobility


  • Passive hyperextension of each small finger >90° (1 point each)
    • Passive dorsiflexion and hyperextension of the fifth MCP joint beyond 90°
  • Passive abduction of each thumb to the surface of forearm (1 point each)
    • Passive apposition of the thumb to the flexor aspect of the forearm
  • Hyperextension of each knee >10° (1 point each)
  • Hyperextension of each elbow >10° (1 point each)
  • Forward flexion of trunk with palms on floor and knees fully extended (1 point)



  • Needs to be updated

See Also


  1. Folci, Marco, and Franco Capsoni. "Arthralgias, fatigue, paresthesias and visceral pain: can joint hypermobility solve the puzzle? A case report." BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 17.1 (2016): 1-6.
Created by:
John Kiel on 22 July 2019 23:07:28
Last edited:
25 March 2023 06:24:21