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Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome: Physical Therapy Intervention and Management (Virtual Course)
 /  Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome: Physical Therapy Intervention and Management (Virtual Course)

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When: April 9, 2022 at (8:00 am – 12:20 pm)

Course Instructors

  • Brian Grant, PT, DPT, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (NSCA)
  • Ryan Wood, PT, DPT, MHA, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

Course Description

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and Hypermobile Spectrum Disorders (HSD) comprise a group of genetic connective tissue disorders with a multitude of different subtypes and often lead an outpatient therapist challenged in diagnosis and patient management. Up to 90% of patients with EDS have experienced chronic pain (Chopra et al., 2017). Physical therapy plays a central role on the multidisciplinary team when working with individuals with EDS and HSD (Zhou et al. 2018). Individuals with EDS are often mismanaged and categorized as simply “weak” during a physical therapy assessment, often failing conservative management with ceilings limited to “not understanding how to do the exercises and generally unstable.”

This course offers answers to these challenges, introducing new strategies and foundations surrounding neuromuscular reeducation to increase proprioceptive and interoceptive input to an individualized plan along with pain neuroscience education, manual therapy, and more. The course will introduce common failures in exercise and ergonomics in both pediatric and adult settings that will position the learner in a better place to guide individuals with EDS and HSD in healing.


Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Overview evidence-based methods to both classify and manage the hypermobile patient.
  2. Describe the clinical presentation and characteristics of those diagnosed with various hypermobility spectrum disorders.
  3. Compare evaluation techniques for those with and without hypermobility syndromes.
  4. Select and plan therapeutic approaches to patient management for the hypermobile patient.
  5. Differentiate the levels of interoception and sensory processing functioning to deliver a holistic, individualized approach to patient management for the hypermobile patient.
  6. Analyze and differentiate appropriate responses to therapeutic interventions.

Speaker Information

Dr. Brian Grant, PT, DPT, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (NSCA), is a Doctor of Physical Therapy with undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Evansville. Brian has successfully completed the 12-month Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency at Forefront Therapy in collaboration with Arcadia University. He has been accredited through the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. He continues his involvement in academics by serving as an adjunct instructor within the University of Evansville’s School of Health Sciences. Brian has also taken a regional leadership role as Vice President of the Southwest District, American Physical Therapy Association Indiana Chapter.

Dr. Ryan Wood, PT, DPT, MHA, Board-Certified Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, is a Doctor of Physical Therapy with undergraduate and graduate degrees from Saint Louis University. Ryan attended the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency at the University of Chicago Medicine and is a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. His subspecialties include hypermobility, chronic pain, and abdominal pain. He received his Master of Health Administration (MHA) at the University of Southern Indiana and currently teaches a course titled Administrative Effectiveness in Healthcare for the MHA Program. He has participated in research, participated in lectures, presented at state/national conferences, and has multiple publications in peer-reviewed medical literature. He is a strong advocate for his profession, serving in multiple roles for APTA Indiana, currently as a Delegate.

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