My fingers bend back really far and it is kind of
scary-looking. Am I double-jointed?
Being double-jointed—or having what’s known as hypermobility
syndrome—basically means that your joints are able to stretch farther than most
people’s joints are able to. It can include contortionist tricks like putting
your legs behind your head, or being able to bend your fingers back rather far,
like you. You can see it happen in a single joint, or throughout your body.
There’s nothing wrong with being double-jointed, babe, so
don’t worry. While it’s not typical, being double-jointed in and of itself is
not a bad thing. However, if you start experiencing joint pain, especially in
your knees or back, it’s smart to visit your doctor. Regular exercise or
physical therapy should keep you in tip-top shape.
BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 9/18/2011 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN disease, doctor, advice