Double jointed meaning

Joint hypermobility syndrome

Hypermobility or being a double jointed means that joints are very flexible that your joints can even move in some abnormal position to the regular movements most population have. When this causes pain, it might be joint hypermobility syndrome.


Symptoms of double jointed (hypermobility) syndrome

  • Recurrent pain particularly after physical work or exercise
  • stiffness joints and muscles because your muscles have to work harder with supple joints
  • Recurrent muscles sprains and strains
  • Recurring joints dislocating .
  • Poor coordination and balance.
  • back pain
  • easily getting bruises
  • pain seizures are usually better at night and gets worse throughout the day.
  • fatigue

You should immediately see a GP, if the previous symptoms are accompanied with:

  • Stretchy thin skin
  • sclerae (the white part of the eyes is bluish)
  • anxiety
  • hernias
  • varicose veins
  • flat foot
  • irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) along with diarrhea or constipation
  • urinary stress incontinence
  • hypotension (low blood pressure )
  • eyelids drooping


How will the GP is probably going to explain the double jointed meaning to you?

Your GP will converse with you about your symptoms. And will perform a Beighton score test, to measure how flexible are your joints

They may also refer you for a blood test or X-ray to help rule out any other conditions like arthritis.

Doctors will also advice you about treatment options and other do’s and don’ts as well as other complications and how to avoid them.


Complications of joint hypermobility


Your risk of developing osteoarthritis will be slightly higher if you are double jointed meaning that you might have some of the following complications:

  • tissues in and around the joints may have mild inflammation (swelling)
  • cartilage damage
  • you might develop some bony growths around the edge of the joints

Sports injuries

knee joints of people with joint hypermobility are at a highr degree of risk for injuries whenever they are doing any heavy activities or sports. However, the ankle joints risk degree of injury to is not increased.



Joint dislocation probabilities especially recurring shoulder dislocation, are very high in people with hypermobile joints. They will also be at a higher risk of injuries in their soft tissues such as:

  • tenosynovitis
  •  bursitis
  • tennis elbow (epicondylitis)


Pelvic organ prolapse

Hypermobility syndrome in women will increase their risk of developing pelvic organ prolapse. Pelvic organ prolapse is the case when the pelvis organs slip down from their normal position.


If you have joint hypermobility, your body’s connective tissues will be weaker than normal. Connective tissues main function is to support and hold all of your inner organs. Here note that double jointed meaning is that you may have a prolapse.


Treating joint hypermobility syndrome

There’s no cure for joint hypermobility syndrome.

Thus the main treatment for your double jointed will basically means that you have to  improv your muscle strength to protect your muscles and bones from any possible injuries.

Your GP  may refer  you to an occupational therapist  or a physiotherapist .

They will help you to:

  • increase muscle strength
  • improve posture, coordination and balance
  • Decrease the degree of pain
  • Lower your risk of recurring joints dislocations


Joint care tips you can do yourself

being double jointed means that you’ll have some Do’s and Don’t in order to take care of  you joints and to improve muscle strength, and reduce strain:

  • warm baths
  • heat-rub ointments


The Do’s

  • Practice some low-impact exerciselike cycling and swimming
  • good, firm shoes will help you improve your posture
  • Maintaining healthy weight and staying in shape
  • use special support arches in your shoes, if you have flat feet

The Don’ts

  • don’t practice neither any high-impact exercise nor intense exercising
  • don’t outstretch your joints



How to deal with the pain from your hypermobile joints

Anti-inflammatory painkillers and Paracetamol (for ex: ibuprofenin the tablet form, gels and sprays) may help ease any pain.

Stronger painkillers may also be available with a prescription after GP consultation


What causes joint hypermobility syndrome

Genetical reasons if Joint hypermobility syndrome runs in the family

Usually, the joints are loose and stretchy because the tissues that should make them stronger and support them are weak.

The weakness is because the collagen that strengthens the tissues is different from other people’s.