Hypermobility is the term given for generalised joint laxity in a number of joints throughout the body. Children tend to be more flexible than adults and 10-15% normal children have hypermobile joints which extend beyond normal range of movement. Many people refer to this as having a joint laxity or being double jointed. Some people have differences in the structure of the collagen fibers of the ligaments, which increase the flexibility of those joints.
Hypermobility syndrome can be a standalone condition or can be part of other conditions including Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Down syndrome and Marfan syndrome. Hypermobility is more common in children, females, those with a family history and Asian or African populations.
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