What is Benign Joint Hypermobility?

Hypermobility also commonly known as “double jointed” describes how joints can move. Hyper means ‘more’ and mobility means ‘movement’ therefore hypermobility really just means that joints move more than is typically expected.

Joint hypermobility is often hereditary (runs in families) and is the result of ligaments around joints being more lax, and as ligaments normally restrict how much movement is present at a joint, lax ligaments therefore allow the joints to have much more movement than normally expected.

Hypermobility is definitely not considered an illness or a disease, but just the way someone is essentially put together. It is very important to note that it is considered a normal finding by medical professionals. (APCP 2012)