is a condition in which joints can easily move beyond the normal range for that particular joint. It is most common in women and children but can be seen in both genders and all ages. It is most commonly seen in the elbows, wrist, fingers, and knees. Ligaments are thick bands of tissue that help keep the joints from moving too much, but in people with hypermobile joints, this band is loose or weak. Individuals with hypermobile joints are sometimes called "double jointed". Hypermobility can cause pain in the joints, as well as arthritis. These joints may also sprain or dislocate more easily. Extra care may be needed to protect an affected person's joints. Hypermobility tends to run in families suggesting a genetic basis. This condition is diagnosed by a physical examination of the affected joints, and often requires no treatment. If treatment is needed, it will depend on the patient’s specific case. When there are no other symptoms or medical problems in a person with hypermobile joints, it is called benign hypermobility. Hypermobility however is a common feature of some rare genetic disorders. If you or someone you knows has hypermobility along with other health concerns a doctor should be consulted. (see also: Marfan syndrome
and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
as well as other conditions associated with hypermobility).