The full text of, “Pain Management in Patients With Hypermobility Disorders: Frequently Missed Causes of Chronic Pain” by Dr. Linda Stapleford Bluestein will be available for free from Topics in Pain Management until August 19th.
Dr. Bluestein, an Assistant Professor at Medical College of Wisconsin–Central Wisconsin, has developed this CME/CNE activity to help educate medical providers about pain in Ehlers-Danlos and related disorders. ” I am working to help improve patient care,” said Dr. Bluestein, while speaking to Ehlers-Danlos Society staff about the new publication. “My goal with requesting this issue to be free was to raise awareness amongst physicians because I know that EDS and related disorders are horribly misunderstood and unrecognized.” For a small fee, physicians can receive CME credits for this activity until June 30, 2018. Nurses can receive CNE credits until July 31, 2019.
“Chronic musculoskeletal symptoms account for a vast amount of health care utilization and are a leading cause of impairment and deterioration of quality of life. Clinicians frequently observe the presence of musculoskeletal pain in patients with joint hypermobility, although in too many cases, the hypermobility goes unrecognized. Over the past few decades, more attention has been drawn to Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) and related disorders, although there has also been confusion over diagnostic labels and criteria. This article addresses some of the recommendations by the International Consortium on Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes, many of which were updated in March 2017. Chronic and acute pain are both common manifestations of many of the Ehlers-Danlos subtypes and other hereditary disorders of connective tissue (HDCT); however, the focus of this article is on pain management in patients with hypermobile EDS (hEDS) and those with hypermobility spectrum disorder (HSD), collectively referred to as hypermobility disorder (HD)”