Hypermobility, or Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Type III, is a condition where a person can move their joints beyond the natural, or expected, range of motion. It’s not the same as being double jointed, though it may appear very similar. Often children are naturally much more supple, but as they become adolescents their joints stiffen up; when this does not happen a person may be diagnosed with Joint Hypermobility Syndrome. Symptoms include chronic pain, frequent dislocations and extreme fatigue, as well as inflammation of the soft tissue surrounding the joints.
Doctor’s will use a Beighton Scale (similar to the one above) as the basis for their diagnosis, and the more of the joints that are affected the more serious the condition becomes.
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