I have had the opportunity to treat a great deal of Erlos Danlos patients over the years, and hypermobility disorders have become close to my heart as I've gotten to know many of those patients well because they need physical therapy so often.
This style of practice is wonderful for an EDS patient because I understand the ins and outs as well as the complications associated with the condition and I believe that being connected to a physical therapist at all times is imperative.
Finding a health care practitioner who even knows that this condition exists can been very difficult and that is incredibly frustrating; I have helped several patients over the years get their initial diagnosis.
Before your first visit we will discuss your lifestyle, home life, health and previous surgeries/injuries as well as what you would like to achieve with therapy. We will come up with a time and place to meet and you will receive paperwork to complete before your first visit.
On your first visit will include:
A quick review of the paperwork so we can address anything not discussed during our phone conversation.
A quick check of your blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen saturation at home to get a baseline. A check in your own environment without the stress of being in a doctors office will be more accurate.
Strength and Mobility Assessment
A thorough strength and mobility assessment is needed as I believe a whole body approach is especially important with hypermobility syndromes. I will make sure to take the time that we have together to thoroughly examine all of the factors involved in your condition.
We will complete special tests associated with your symptoms to make sure that our treatment plan is the best fit for you.
In the last 15 minutes of your initial visit we will discuss and come up with exercises for home as well as a treatment plan involving frequency of telephone versus in person visits.