Monday, May 27, 2013

Treatments & Drugs

There is no cure for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, but treatment can help to manage the symptoms and prevent further complications.

Medications

Health providers/doctors may prescribe drugs to control:

 @   Pain: If over-the-counter pain relievers — such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) and naproxen (Aleve) — aren't enough, doctor may prescribe stronger medications for joint or muscle pain.

 @   Blood pressure: As blood vessels are more fragile in some types (e.g. Vascular type) of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, doctor may want to reduce the stress on the vessels by keeping the blood pressure low.

Physical Therapy

Joints with weak connective tissue are more likely to dislocate. Exercises to strengthen the muscles around a joint can help stabilize the joint. Physical therapist might also recommend specific braces to help prevent joint dislocations.

Surgical & Other Procedures


In rare cases, surgery is recommended to repair joints damaged by repeated dislocations. However, the skin and the connective tissue of the affected joint may not heal properly after the surgery.


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