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i am double jointed, is there therapy for this?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
No: Being "double jointed" is not a condition that requires treatment unless you have a joint that is painful, swollen or dysfunctional. Discuss with an orthopedic specialist or other qualified health care provider.
Dr. Charles Toman
Sports Medicine 18 years experience
Not really: People who have joint flexibility usually feel best when they are relatively strong. People like you usually complain of shoulder pain and sometimes hip pain. By strengthening the muscles around these joints, the patients seem to feel better.
Dr. Steven Shannon
Orthopedic Surgery 8 years experience
Joint laxity: There is no need for treatment of joint laxity AKA "double jointed".

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Is it really possible to be double jointed if eds?

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Dr. Gerry Tolbert
Family Medicine 13 years experience
No: There's no such thing as a double joint. You can be extremely flexible, and folks with ehlers danlos often are incredibly flexible. This comes from laxity in the ligaments and connective tissues surrounding the joints. The joints themselves, where the bones meet, have the same number of connections as anyone else.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What does it mean if your double jointed?

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Dr. Robert Purchase
Orthopedic Surgery 23 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.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How do you know you are double jointed, and is it a disorder?

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Hyperlax = flexible: Double jointed usually describes someone with what we call hyperlaxity (hyper flexible). If the increased laxity becomes problematic, the laxity is referred to as patholaxity. A common example would be if ones hyperlax shoulder suddenly began to slip out of joint (subluxate or dislocate) with little or no trauma. Mere , therefore, is not necessarily a disorder at all.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Is it really possible to be born double jointed?

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Dr. Robert Purchase
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Yes: 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. This increased laxity of the joint's soft tissue has almost certainly been present since birth although the patient may have just noticed it.
A 44-year-old member asked:

If im double-jointed can I be a good baseball player?

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Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine 23 years experience
Yes!: Double-jointed is typically a manifestation ligamentous laxity (.

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