Ehlers Danlos Syndrome Elevate physical therapy Chicago

Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes (EDS)

The Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) is a group of hereditary disorders of connective tissue that vary in the ways they affect the body within their genetic causes. The underlying concern is the abnormal function of collagen and certain allied connective tissue proteins.

People with EDS usually have joint hypermobility, meaning their joints move further outside their normal range and joint instability, which can lead to subluxation and dislocations of joints. Most predominantly affecting the shoulders, knees, and elbows. People with EDS are also more prone to structural weaknesses such as hernias, and organ prolapse through their pelvic floor.

Physical therapy aims to relieve some of the musculoskeletal symptoms of EDS by increasing muscular strength to help improve stability of affected joints. Increasing both cardiovascular and muscular endurance in the body can help to mitigate symptoms.

Elevate Physical Therapy works with each of their patients to pinpoint their pain problems and develop a tailored plan to not only relieve pain but also improve core strength to prevent worsening of the symptoms.