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.
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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