Research Study Update: Muscle Strength and Physical Functioning

Posted January 6, 2022

New research has been published that studied “Muscle Strength, Muscle Mass and Physical Impairment in Women with Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder.”

The authors of the research, Marie Coussens, Bruno Lapauw, Thiberiu Banica, Inge De Wandele, Verity Pacey, Lies Rombaut, Fransiska Malfait, and Patrick Calders explain more about the study:

“This research was conducted to assist health practitioners to tailor therapy to the needs of patients with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS) and hypermobility spectrum disorder (HSD), and in the decision whether or not they should treat patients with hEDS and HSD differently. In this research, we aimed to evaluate differences in physical impairment, muscle strength, and muscle mass between patients with hEDS, HSD, and healthy participants.

“First, this research showed that all measured parameters did not differ between individuals with hEDS and HSD. Therefore, we recommended that further research should evaluate whether similar physiotherapy approaches could yield similar benefits in patients with hEDS and HSD. Also, we suggested adding factors such as physical impairment and muscle weakness, to the current diagnostic classification. Secondly, we observed substantially lower physical functioning and muscle strength in patients with hEDS and HSD, which led us to the conclusion that muscle strength training is highly necessary for these patients.”

The research paper can be viewed here.

 

 

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