Joint hypermobility and hypermobility disorders are frequently missed as contributing factors to problems in the pelvis such as pelvic floor prolapse and sexual dysfunction. We will cover hypermobility and related conditions and how they relate to these common problems.
Define joint hypermobility and hypermobility disorders.
List ways in which hypermobility can impact the pelvic floor.
Recognize the role of hypermobility plays in their patient's (or their own) pelvic floor problem(s).
Board-certified anesthesiologist, integrative pain medicine physician, and former ballet dancer, Linda Bluestein, M.D., specializes in treating dancers and other athletes at increased risk of hypermobility disorders. Through her private practice, Hypermobility MD, Dr. Bluestein helps people living with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos (hEDS), hypermobility spectrum disorders (HSD), and other conditions involving joint hypermobility. Dr. Bluestein is co-host of the podcast, “Bendy Bodies with the Hypermobility MD,” and former co-host of “Hypermobility Happy Hour.” Bluestein is the Director of Education for the nonprofit, EDS Wellness, Inc. and founder and executive director of Bendy-Bodies.org. Dr. Bluestein has published a number of original research papers; presents work at national and international conferences, and is a contributing author for the book, Disjointed - Navigating the Diagnosis and Management of Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders. As a leading specialist in connective tissue disorders such as the Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes (EDS), Dr. Bluestein helped to create the first online EDS Continuing Medical Education program. Dr. Bluestein is a member of the International Consortium on Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders, Allergy and Immunology Working Group. Dr. Bluestein serves as an assistant professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Central Wisconsin where she is the course director for the RISHI Healer’s Art Program. After numerous injuries forced her to quit dancing, Dr. Bluestein received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Irvine (UCI). She received her medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine and completed her anesthesiology residency at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Bridge Dance Project, the Promotions Committee for the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, the Resources Committee for the Dance Healthy Alliance of Canada, and the Performing Arts Medicine Association. More information about Dr. Bluestein can be found on her website.
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