Ehlers Danlos Syndrome

Chicagoland Pain Management

Interventional Pain Management Specialists located in Bolingbrook, IL & Hinsdale, IL

The genetic disorder Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) causes pain and fragility of the skin and connective tissues and problems such as hypermobility that have a lifelong impact on your well-being. The specialist physicians at Chicagoland Pain Management in Bolingbrook and Hinsdale, Illinois, have extensive experience of helping patients who have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and finding ways to relieve the pain it causes. For more information, call Chicagoland Pain Management today or book an appointment online.

Ehlers Danlos Syndrome Q & A

What is Ehlers-Danlos syndrome?

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) is a collection of disorders affecting connective tissues around the body that support and attach bones, skin, muscles, organs, and blood vessels. There are six main classifications of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome:

  • Classical
  • Hypermobile
  • Vascular
  • Kyphoscoliosis
  • Arthrochalasia
  • Dermatosparaxis

Each of these variations is a distinct condition, inherited from one or both parents. There’s no cure for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, so treatment focuses on alleviating the symptoms.

What are the symptoms of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome?

The most common symptom of all types of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is hypermobility, where joints bend and move to a degree beyond what would be typical.

You may have heard this condition referred to as double-jointedness, but the joints aren’t double. They merely have a more extensive range of movement than most people’s joints.

Other symptoms of Ehlers-Danlos include:

  • Being able to pop joints in and out of position
  • Having flat feet
  • Early onset of osteoporosis
  • Bruising easily
  • Having thin skin that’s fragile and extremely stretchy
  • Soft, velvety skin
  • Taking a long time to heal after incurring a wound
  • Non-typical scar formation

People who have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome often seem clumsy because they have neurological problems that cause them to have trouble balancing and focusing.

How is Ehlers-Danlos syndrome diagnosed?

Genetic testing can identify Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, but if you have the symptoms and there’s a history of EDS in your family, diagnosis is clear without the need for testing.

Ehlers-Danlos is sometimes misdiagnosed initially because the symptoms may resemble those of conditions such as lupus. Children with Ehlers-Danlos may be told they have growing pains instead.

How is Ehlers-Danlos syndrome treated?

As Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is incurable, the initial treatment is likely to consist of pain-killing medication and therapies to reduce other symptoms, such as custom orthotics to help with flat feet or splints to support joints.

The primary treatment for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is physical therapy, and the team at Chicagoland Pain Management includes staff members who have specialized skills in designing physical therapy programs for patients with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

If you or your child has Ehlers-Danlos or you’re concerned you have the symptoms, call Chicagoland Pain Management today or book an appointment online.