A Multidisciplinary Approach to Managing Ehlers-Danlos (Type III)

Working with the chronic, complex patient. 2013, Singing Dragon Press

Ehlers Danlos-Hypermobility Syndrome is a challenging condition which is often misunderstood and misdiagnosed. This book looks at how physiotherapy can provide effective and lasting relief for sufferers. The book explains how EDHS is diagnosed and how a physical assessment of the patient should be carried out. It shows how physiotherapy can systematically work through the body inside out to relieve symptoms commonly associated with EDHS such as muscle weakness, chronic pain, sleep disorders and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). From the perspectives of physiotherapist and patient, the authors reflect on how and why they managed to achieve a vastly improved quality of life for Isobel. They highlight the importance of considering every aspect of a patient’s lifestyle, as well as the neurological elements and psychological impact of the condition, and how holistic treatments can be incorporated in the treatment plan. There is also guidance on how to monitor and chart symptoms, and set realistic goals in order to navigate a treatment program that works for the patient. This book will be essential reading for physiotherapists working with EDHS, and will be of interest to medical students, complementary therapists, psychologists, dance scientists, dancers and occupational therapists.

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