PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR EHLERS DANLOS SYNDROME

Ehlers Danlos Syndrome is a variable, complicated and challenging diagnosis. It has the ability to impact not only your musculoskeletal system, but also cardic, gi, integumentary and endocrine. The most common form of EDS is characterized by excessive flexibility, frequent subluxation, wide spread joint/muscle pain and fatigue. Physical Therapy that is properly folded in the patiently daily routine can be incredibly beneficial leading to decreased pain, decreased fatigue, fewer subluxations and even have a positive impact on the other systemic challenges indirectly.

TREATMENT FOR EDS

The initial evaluation for a patient with EDS is different from a typical PT evaluation. This session will be spent exploring the patient’s individual history including exploring challenges in all bodily systems that may be contributing to the musculoskeletal presentation. Follow up sessions will consist of manual treatments to help reduce symptom presentation and the development of an individualized exercise program to help prevent future injury and pain. The typical developed program will consist of three parts:

  1. Exercise set for daily use to help and prepare the body for functional activities
  2. Exercise set to be done on the “crash” days when the patient is dealing with high pain/high fatigue. This will focus on pain relief and geared towards function.
  3. Exercise set to be done on the great days. This will focus on progressing strength/stability

Our goal with Physical Therapy is to put you in control of your symptoms and get you back to doing what you would like to do. Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions about how PT could be beneficial for you.

Kathryn “Ryn” Proctor, DPT

Kathryn’s goal is to To help each patient resolve pain and reach their goals by focusing on movement quality and individual empowerment through education and exercise.  She is one of the few Colorado experts on Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardic Syndrome (POTS). Kathryn works in our Boulder Medical Center Location.

Menu