Connective tissue disorders, like Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes (EDS), have far-reaching consequences. Multi-systemic symptoms affect quality of life -- with pain, frequent injury, joints “giving way," fatigue, headache, gastrointestinal problems, and insomnia being common. Welcome to Bendy Bodies with the Hypermobility MD, with your host and founder, Linda Bluestein, MD. Learn from specialists with diverse areas of medical and scientific expertise. Conversations cover topics relevant to everyone with symptomatic joint hypermobility (EDS, HSD, Marfan's). Learn to optimize your hypermobile health!
73. Understanding Lower Extremity Pain with Pradeep Chopra, MD
The lower extremities must bear the weight of our whole bodies. Problems in the hip may cause a chain reaction of aches, imbalances, or chronic issues that could manifest in the knee, ankle, or somewhere else along the kinetic chain.
Continuing our series on pain with Dr. Pradeep Chopra, we explore the hips, knees, ankles and feet, diving into multiple possible causes of issues in these joints.
Dr. Chopra discusses why rolling of the ankles is unhealthy, even if it’s asymptomatic, explains how pain in one part of the leg may be due to an issue in a different joint, and explores why and how you might correct knee hyperextension.
Dr. Chopra dives into the hip joint structure, outlining possible reasons for hip subluxation. He shares different ways to treat SI joint pain, and offers practical suggestions for dealing with multiple lower extremity pain issues.
Filled with detailed information, accessible medical explanations, and Dr. Chopra’s popular “hack” tips, this episode belongs on your must-listen list!
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72. Examining Upper Extremity Pain with Pradeep Chopra, MD
Joints of the upper extremity (eg: shoulders, elbows, fingers, etc) can be prone to subluxation and dislocation in those with joint hypermobility and/or joint instability. As we continue our discussions on common causes of pain throughout the body with Pradeep Chopra, MD, we focus on an often-overloaded area of the body: the upper extremities.
Dr. Chopra breaks down the shoulder joint and its inherent instability. He gives advice on how to have hard conversations about sports that push an excessive range of motion in the upper extremities, and addresses noisy joints (eg: cavitation) in the hypermobile person.
Dr. Chopra shares his experience with muscle relaxants, and why releasing tight muscles is not always helpful with joint pain. He also explains thoracic outlet syndrome and how it can mimic cervical disc issues, making it difficult to find effective treatments. We cover complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and how this extremely painful condition may influence treatment choices.
Pain and hypermobility in the wrists and hands are covered, and Dr. Chopra shares how your writing style might be influenced by joint hypermobility. He offers hacks to increase proprioception in fine motor skills, and explains the downside to wearing a full hand brace.
With an incredible body of knowledge to share, Dr. Chopra continues to help us examine complicated issues in a methodical way.
For doctors, therapists, patients, and anyone associated with connective tissue disorders, this is another episode to add to your must-listen list.
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71. Examining Head, Spine, and Chest Pain with Pradeep Chopra, MD
Connective tissue runs throughout your body, surrounding and connecting every system. This is what makes treating issues that arise from connective tissue disorders so difficult: when everything is connected, it’s hard to find the root cause of something.
We’re in the midst of our summer series with Dr. Pradeep Chopra, renowned expert on connective tissue disorders such as Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes. In this discussion, Dr. Chopra talks through several common causes of head, neck, and chest pain in people with connective tissue disorders or symptomatic joint hypermobility.
Dr. Chopra discusses his approach to exploring a patient’s signs and symptoms, and dives into common causes of headaches in this population and how to seek treatment. He shares headache hacks for different types of head pain and explains Chiari malformation and various problems that may arise from it.
Dr. Chopra also offers hacks for TMD head pain, and touches briefly on craniocervical instability. He shares why he looks for cranial settling, looks at rib subluxations, and offers hacks for them as well. Finally, Dr. Chopra discusses chronic pain and the loneliness it may cause, emphasizing the benefits that may come from having an understanding support group.
Another episode full of wisdom and encouragement from one of the world’s top experts in his field, you will find yourself listening, saving and sharing it with everyone!
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70. Examining Abdominal Pain with Pradeep Chopra, MD
Abdominal pain is an extremely common finding in people with connective tissue disorders, like Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes (EDS). Similar to other issues patients face with EDS or Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders (HSD), getting answers can be challenging. Often, people go from specialist to specialist, trying to get help. Gastroenterologists, allergists, nutritionists, and pain specialists may look at abdominal pain from very different points of view. So getting complete information can be elusive and frustrating.
That’s why Bendy Bodies took this opportunity to talk about abdominal pain with Dr. Pradeep Chopra, a pain management physician who works with complex chronic pain conditions. Dr. Chopra lists many possible causes of abdominal pain, and talks through different diagnoses and how they might be interrelated.
Dr. Chopra looks at over two dozen different diagnoses, from gastroparesis to small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) to postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) to endometriosis. He shares his approach to uncovering abdominal pain sources, as well as the question he asks himself with every patient.
Finally, Dr. Chopra offers some concrete tips for people suffering with abdominal pain. He suggests solutions for people who have trouble absorbing medication, and reveals his hacks for people working to sort out the source of their abdominal pain.
For doctors looking to deepen their understanding of abdominal pain, as well as people trying to figure their own issues out, this deep dive of a podcast is not to be missed.
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69. Traveling with a Chronic Disorder with Dr. Linda Bluestein, Kristin Koskinen RDN, and Jennifer Milner NCPT
Travel comes with a lot of uncertainty: flights get canceled, hotel reservations are lost, luggage never turns up. But add the complications of traveling with a chronic disorder like Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, and voyaging becomes even more complicated.
How can you plan for contingencies, guard yourself against flares, and still have a fantastic time while traveling? The Bendy Bodies team shares their favorite tips on traveling during this round table discussion.
We share suggestions for actions to take leading up to the trip, reveal items we cannot live without on a trip, and look at ways to combat the effects of travel on a bendy body.
Dr. Bluestein gives advice on preparing for traveling without your “pit crew”. Jennifer Milner addresses how to stay active on the trip without overdoing it, and Kristin Koskinen shares her top three tips for finding food to support your nutritional needs while away from your favorite grocery stores.
The team offers their best all-around travel tips and advice for planning - as well as knowing that if things go awry, it will be ok!
For anyone planning to travel soon, this episode is so packed with tips that you’ll find yourself taking notes while you listen!
Learn more about Jennifer Milner, NCPT, Kristin Koskinen, RDN, and Linda Bluestein, MD.
PS: Do not transport controlled substances across state (or country) lines outside of their original container, as that is illegal. If you need a smaller container, ask your pharmacist. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/bendy-bodies/message
68. Fostering Hope for Hypermobility with Cortney Gensemer, PhD, Victoria Daylor, and Linda Bluestein, MD
Symptomatic joint hypermobility can be difficult to understand and can present in so many different ways. Recently, Victoria Daylor, Dr. Cortney Gensemer, Dr. Russell Norris, and Dr. Linda Bluestein published a CME two-part series titled “Hope for Hypermobility - An Integrative Approach to Treating Symptomatic Joint Hypermobility”. We were able to sit down with Dr. Gensemer, Ms. Daylor, and Dr. Bluestein to discuss their research and the results.
They share how the collaboration came about and the developmental process they went through. The co-authors reveal their intentions behind the articles, and three things they want people to know about symptomatic joint hypermobility (SJH).
The panel of guests discuss what they see for the future of joint hypermobility and related conditions, and stress the importance of properly done research. Written to be accessible both for people with SJH and medical professionals, these articles may well be a defining reference for many people in the future!
With limited-time free access to Part 1 and Part 2 of this peer reviewed series, you will want to dive into these papers and share with others as soon as possible!
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