Over 600 known connective tissue disorders exist today

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and familial hypermobility

Person with these syndromes have hypermobile joints (very loose joints) from birth and throughout life. There are 6 major subgroups of Ehlers-Danlos syndromes but many other Connective Tissue Dysplasia have joint hypermobility. Some people have fragile skin, and a tendency to sprains, while others have fragile blood vessels with a tendency to bruising or blood vessel rupture.

There may be deformities of the spine such as scoliosis, or joint contractures due to dislocation of joints with damage to nearby muscles.

Rehabilitation goals include prevention of trauma to skin, protection of loose joints, and treatment of specific complications.

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