What Causes Hypermobility?
Hypermobility is a condition of loose joints and spinal segments that move beyond their normal range of movement. Joints and spinal segments are held together by ligaments and tendons. In hypermobility, these ligaments and tendons are often weaker and more stretchy than normal. This causes the joints and spinal to be unstable and prone to injury or dislocation.
Generalized hypermobility is a genetic condition where all the joints are loose.
Hypermobility tends to lessen with age and for many people, joint hypermobility commonly does not give rise to symptoms. It can even be considered an advantage, for example athletes, gymnasts, dancers and musicians might specifically be selected because of their extra range of movement.
What is Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes (EDS)?
The Ehlers Danlos Society says Ehlers-Danlos syndromes are a group of connective tissue disorders that can be inherited and are varied both in how they affect the body and in their genetic causes. They are generally characterized by joint hypermobility (joints that stretch further than normal), skin hyperextensibility (skin that can be stretched further than normal), and tissue fragility.
EDS are currently classified into 13 different subtypes with each having a set of criteria that help guide diagnosis. One thing they all have in common, however, is that each type is defined as a specific problem in making or using collagen.
Common Symptoms of EDS:
EDS symptoms are most often related to a patient’s skin and joints.
- Joints: Loose and unstable joints prone to frequent dislocations and/or subluxations, joint pain, joint hypermobility, and early onset of osteoarthritis.
- Skin: Fragile skin that tears easily, soft velvety-like texture, easy (and sometimes severe) bruising, and poor wound healing
Regenerative Medicine for EDS & Hypermobility
The pain and disability associated with Hypermobile Ehler-Danlos (hEDS) can be overwhelming. At Integrative Rehab Medicine, we’ve spent years working with hEDS patients to restore mobility and allow them to live their daily lives pain free. Using a variety of natural treatments — like prolotherapy, nutrition, physical therapy, and laser therapy — we customize plans for each patient to ensure optimal results.
- Regenerative Medicine Injections (Prolotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), and Bone Marrow Stem Cells) used to stimulate healing and stability of the supporting structures.
- Physical Therapy to strengthen and re-educate the muscles and ligaments and to improve strength.
- Anti-inflammatory Diet with adequate nutrients to support the healing process along with natural anti-inflammatory supplements.
- Energy Modalities such as low level laser and PEMF to further support tissue healing, decrease swelling and improve function.
- Acupuncture to decrease pain and improve overall function.
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Dr. Sebastian is truly one of the most caring, compassionate, and professional doctors I have ever met. I have damage to the cervical spine and he not only treats the physical problems but teaches you how to cope with the pain. He has provided me books to read, shows to watch, and meditation material. I wish all doctors took the time to care the way he does.
Dr Klisiewicz is amazing. After years of searching for the right diagnosis for my teenager, one pediatrician neurologist sent her to him. Dr Klisiewicz was the first one to point to the diagnosis : Ehlers Danlos Syndrom (EDS). Now, where no other doctor is helpful, he is the one helping her through exercise, diet, supplements, PRP or prolotherapy and different methods. He listens, is caring and has a huge impact on my teenager daily life, mobility and ability to practice the last sport left for her.
Dr. Sebastian and his staff truly go above and beyond to identify the root cause of pain and make the patient feel as comfortable as possible. I can’t speak highly enough of the compassion and exceptional care I have received at Integrative Rehab Medicine. I have unusual and varying symptoms due to hypermobility, and Dr. Sebastian uses innovative procedures to help not only manage my pain but also to ultimately rebuild my stability. He is a doctor who truly takes the time to listen to every patient — even those who may have been passed around by other doctors.