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What does it mean if your double jointed?

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Dr. Robert Purchase
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Loose ligaments: Being double jointed means that your ligaments allow more motion than other people's, i.e. That they are a little lax. Hypermobile is a term that physicians use to describe the situation where a patient's ligaments and soft tissue allow more motion of the joint than is typical. Often times, people without a medical background use the term double jointed to describe the same situation.
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What does it mean if someone if double jointed?

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Dr. Daniel Mass
Orthopedic Surgery 48 years experience
Elastin: You are double jointed because you have too much elastin in the ligaments that control the extremes of motion of your joints. This allows for too much potential motion and therefor injury.
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