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What does it mean if your double jointed?

What does it mean if your double jointed?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Joint Hypermobility (Definition)

Joint hypermobility, also known as double joints, is a clinical finding in which a person's joints are more flexible than normal, resulting in the ability to extend joints beyond where they are typically able to. This is more common in conditions ...Read more


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What does it mean if someone if double jointed?

What does it mean if someone if  double jointed?

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. ...Read more

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How are people double-jointed?

NO SUCH THING: This term is inaccurate. More accurate to say that someone is "hypermobile"...I.E....Very flexible causing the joint to move beyond its normal range of motion, which may be an inherited thing from a family member. A connective tissue disorder known as ehlers-danlos syndrome, may also cause hypermobility. If there is a problem with chronic joint pain/dislocated joints, see your family dr. ...Read more

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Is it bad to be double jointed?

Is it bad to be double jointed?

No??: You are 41 and doing ok? Have you seen cirque du soleil? Are you worried about arthritis or aches and pains? A wellness programs will begin to help most ailments. ...Read more

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How can I find out if i'm double-jointed?

How can I find out if i'm double-jointed?

Varies: Can you bend your elbow past straight, touch you thumb to you forearm, hyperextend your knees, bend your fingers backwards?.. If so you are. ...Read more

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How can someone tell if you're double jointed?

How can someone tell if you're double jointed?

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". ...Read more

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Is it really possible to be born double jointed?

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. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why are people born double jointed?

I'm wondering why are people born double jointed?

JHS: Medical name is joint hypermobility syndrome. This is mostly inherited in female line & women can lock knees & touch palms to floor, oppose thumb to forearm, & put feet behind neck as children. Imo is conserved trait to impart ease of childbirth & by 4th childbirth often takes minutes not hours & more infants born healthier. Condition also highly associated with development of fibromyalgia. ...Read more