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How can someone tell if you're double jointed?

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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No such thing: There is no such thing as being double jointed. This is a term that is commonly used for people who have increased flexibility and "loose joints".

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What does it mean if someone if double jointed?

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Dr. Daniel Mass
Hand Surgery 46 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.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how to know if I'm double jointed?

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Dr. Donald Hohman Jr
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 13 years experience
Not possible: there is no such condition." double jointed" seems like a term that is used for laxity in normal joints. There is a wide range of what is normal.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Is it rare for someone to have all their digits double jointed?

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Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine 24 years experience
It is rare: Double jointed digits are rare and usually is a result of genetic disorders called hypermobility syndromes. It does not usually involved the digits only however. Ligaments are excessively flexible and create more motion that normal. It can lead to pain and early arthritis if chronically overused.

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