How Physical Therapy Works for Your Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

How Physical Therapy Works for Your Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Living with joint hypermobility diseases, like Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, comes with unique challenges. This condition leads to abnormally loose connective tissue, meaning your joints are more flexible than average. 

While extra flexibility may seem like a good thing, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome leaves you at risk for chronic pain, recurring dislocations, and early onset arthritis. It can even affect your skin, causing it to stretch too much, making it increasingly fragile and susceptible to permanent scarring.

At Momentum Physical Therapy, our team specializes in personalized treatment strategies that manage even the most complex joint conditions, like Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. If you have overly flexible joints, here’s how our gentle pilates-based rehabilitative physical therapy plans can help.

Why physical therapy

Most of us know that exercise does a body good. However, it can also provide therapeutic benefits when you perform the right activities. That’s where physical therapy comes in.

As licensed medical professionals, physical therapists have advanced training in: 

This expertise enables them to care for people during every phase of healing and activity level. Plus, their personalized approach to treatment means they can customize your physical therapy program to your unique needs, strengthening specific areas where your body needs it most.

At Momentum Physical Therapy, our team takes a unique approach to treating orthopedic injuries and chronic pain conditions like Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. 

Physical therapy for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome

Our physical therapists combine traditional techniques and pilates-based programs to create personalized treatment strategies. These methods include:

This holistic approach provides a far more gentle and conservative approach to treating Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, so you can strengthen your joints safely while reducing your pain at the same time.

The first step to creating your personalized physical therapy program involves a careful assessment. After closely assessing the severity of your symptoms and joint function, we outline an exercise program focused on controlled pilates movements. As you learn these exercises, we closely monitor you to ensure you execute them correctly and safely. 

Your pilates-based physical therapy program incorporates supervised and at-home exercises.  As you move through your treatment plan, you can expect to experience better joint function, increased joint stability, and less risk of joint injury. All of these improvements also reduce your chances of long-term joint complications, like degenerative arthritis.

Long-term success takes patience and time when it involves stabilizing hypermobile joints. You can rest easy knowing that your personalized treatment plan moves slowly, progressing through each exercise carefully to protect your joints and prevent injury in the process.

Do you have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome? See how physical therapy can help. Call our Momentum Physical Therapy in the Sawtelle neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, or book a consultation online today.

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