Hypermobility syndro. Hypermobility syndrome. Most people think you are protected from osteoarthritis and injury by hypermobile joints. Just the opposite. You are more likely to sprain, strain, and tear major ligaments in the knee, because your joints bend more. Hypermobile joints are associated with some serious genetic disorders, but most are not. Hypermobility is associated with mitral valve prolapse, & etc.
"Double jointed" Features joints that easily move beyond the normal range expected for a particular joint. The joint hypermobility syndrome is considered a benign condition. It is estimated that 10%-15% of normal children have hypermobile joints or joints that can move beyond the normal range of motion.
Laxity. There is a normal range of motion that most joints have as they are moved. Joint hyper mobility describes a range of motion in a particular joint that is more than normal. Hyper mobile joints are at increased risk of subluxations and dislocations. The term ligamentous laxity implies joint hyper mobility.
Loose joints. Some folks are genetically predisposed to have extra laxity of their joints. This by itself is not something to worry about.
You cannot. Joint stability is related to the tightness of the ligaments. Other than for medical procedures, you cannot tighten the joints to ease your hyperextensibility.
Yes. Basically the same.
Yes. Yes, that is a fairly equivalent term.
Muscle strengthening. Muscle strengthening exercises are the long-term solution. Short term, recommend trying tylenol (acetaminophen) first up to 3000mg per day. If you fail that, consider an anti-inflammatory like motrin, advil, alleve. Make sure to follow instructions on bottle. Go bucks!
My 3yr old son has hyperextensible joints and walks on his tip toes, he tends to walk as if his legs are going togive way, hands/knees arms click?
Get him checked. Hyper extendable joints in a three-year-old in and of itself is not a problem. What concerns me, is that your child walks on his toes. It's important you get him checked to figure out what the cause of that may be. It may be as simple as stretching and some support to treat, but it's better to have him evaluated sooner than later.
See a podiatrist. Flexibility and toewalking are not unusual at his age. Most toewalkers do outgrow it. I think you might want to consult with a podiatrist or pediatric orthopedist if he often looks unstable, and what else you describe.