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Have you watched a contortionist in action? You know, those people that can tie their bodies into knots? Do they have bones? Yes, they do have bones, but they also have a genetic condition called Hypermobility which is the ability to overextend limbs beyond the normal range. Children typically are born with Hypermobility, making them very flexible. As a child grows, their extra flexibility should start to diminish. Some Hypermobility in adults is not uncommon and in some cases can be entertaining at parties. However; for some, it can develop into a painful and debilitating condition known as Hypermobility Syndrome.

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1. What is Hypermobility Syndrome?

The genetic disorder called Hypermobility affects the joints and bones allowing them to go beyond the normal range. This disorder has also been named double-jointed or loosed boned. The disorder usually doesn't cause a problem for those that have it. However; there are some that develop what is called Joint Hypermobility Syndrome or JHS; these people can have a different outcome.

Joint Hypermobility Syndrome or JHS can bring with it an array of symptoms that can cause extreme pain and struggles in daily activities that can threaten a persons independence and self-confidence, this could lead to depression. People with JHS are more prone to dislocations and injury and have to take more precautions when living everyday life.

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