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Ehlers Danlos Syndrome

The Ehlers Danlos Syndromes are a group of connective tissue disorders, the most common of which is the hypermobile type. EDS is characterized by joint hypermobility, poor proprioception, and often, joint dislocations or subluxations.

Most people with EDS report chronic widespread pain. With hypermobile joints, the muscles tend to spasm as they must overwork to maintain joint stability. This muscle spasm can lead to pain and feeling tight or the desire to stretch frequently.

With chronic pain, adaptations occur in the nervous system, which can lead to an increase in pain sensation. While EDS must be diagnosed by a physician, physical therapy is one of the primary strategies for managing symptoms. Physical therapy for EDS includes proprioceptive training to learn how to control joints through the available range of motion and improve balance, strengthening and postural endurance exercise to decrease dislocations/subluxations and improve ability to carry out daily activities, and addressing the nervous system adaptations that occur with chronic pain.

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