"Do you remember the kid in school who entertained everyone with his stupid tricks? He was the one who could place both elbows well behind his head or fold himself like a pretzel. Entertaining fellow, but possibly the victim of a serious, potentially debilitating disease. Although the diagnosis is infrequently made, the research shows this is simply a failure to accurately recognize the condition, formerly known as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome," says Dan Michaels, DPM.
"As is often the case, science often changes its mind and changes disease names, a logical move as we learn more about a disease. This constellation of inherited conditions, all closely related, is now termed hypermobility spectrum disorders (HSDs). The term hypermobility refers to an increased active or passive movement of a joint beyond its normal range. These are an array of connective tissue disorders, with the notable characteristics being joint instability and chronic pain," says Dr. Michaels.