Ehlers Danlos Syndrome & Hypermobility Syndromes

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Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) is a genetic disorder that affects connective tissue. The most widespread subtype of EDS causes hypermobility in the connective tissue that makes up ligaments, tendons, and skin. Currently, there is no cure for EDS; however, physical therapy is known as the key to managing EDS as well as other hypermobility disorders. This rare syndrome is highly complex and often overlooked as there is no definitive diagnosis for hypermobility-type EDS.  The main symptom of EDS is widespread musculoskeletal pain; however, EDS may also contribute to systemic symptoms. Symptoms we can address through physical therapy include:

  • GI dysfunction (abdominal pain, reflux, IBS, constipation)

  • Cardiovascular dysfunction (POTS, general deconditioning, orthostatic intolerance)

  • Headaches

  • Musculoskeletal dysfunction

  • Balance and coordination deficits

  • Pelvic floor dysfunction (incontinence, prolapse, pelvic pain)

  • TMJ and headaches

Our physical therapists are experts in movement. We treat EDS through skilled manual therapy approaches, postural reeducation, and exercise to target your individual needs. Our skilled manual therapists are up-to-date on the latest research and utilize evidence-based practice to address your goals.