'The Hypermobile Dancer – What Every Dancer and Dance Educator Needs to Know About Hypermobility Disorders’ with Linda Bluestein, MD and Kendra Neilsen Myles, CHES, BCPA, RYT 200

Webinar Title: ‘The Hypermobile Dancer & Other At-Risk Athletic Communities’ with Linda Bluestein, M.D.
Date: July 29th, 2018
Time: 7pm EST/6pm Central
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Overview: ‘What Every Dancer and Dance Educator Needs to Know About Hypermobility Disorders’
Dr. Linda Bluestein will lead an educational webinar & interactive discussion on the hypermobile dancer, inherent risks, strategies for awareness and injury prevention. The occurrence of hypermobility in other at-risk athletic communities and activities will be discussed as well.
As a former ballet dancer, Dr. Bluestein has a unique interest in treating dancers, gymnasts, circus performers and other people at increased risk of hypermobility disorders. Her love of dance and genuine understanding of these athletes is paramount to accurately diagnosing and effectively treating these individuals.
Purpose:  Following the presentation, participants will be able to identify some of the more common symptoms of hypermobility disorders and what steps can be taken in order to create healthy dancers, optimize career longevity and collaborate with healthcare professionals.
Participants:  Dancers, dance educators, dance scientists, healthcare professionals and dance families.
Design/Procedure:  The presenter, a former dancer, and integrative pain physician, will provide a conceptual analysis and recommendations based on their research and clinical practice.
Clinical Significance:  Joint hypermobility (JH) is extremely common amongst dancers and while aesthetically advantageous, JH can also be problematic. Hypermobility is categorized as localized (LJH), peripheral (PJH) or generalized (GJH) and is the result of numerous factors including genetics, gender, age, race, muscle tone, bone shape, and collagen strength. The spectrum of GJH ranges from the completely asymptomatic individual to one with a full-blown connective tissue disorder.  In 2017, the term Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (JHS) was dropped from current terminology due to confusion over the diagnostic differences between hypermobility-related disorders, of which JHS was considered most prevalent. The previous term and usage of JHS spanned a broad spectrum of patients, including those who presented with the physical characteristics and medical history suggestive of Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS) – the most prevalent of the 14 identified types of Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS). Currently, the updated international classification for all Ehlers-Danlos syndromes, published in March of 2017, provides clarification between the diagnostic criteria for hEDS and the newly recognized diagnosis of Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder (HSD). Hypermobility spectrum disorders are a set of conditions associated with/related to joint hypermobility; however, individuals with the diagnosis of HSD have hypermobility-related problems, but do not meet the updated diagnostic criteria for hEDS and are negative for other Heritable Connective Tissue Disorders (HDCT) or a different type of EDS.
Educational Goals/Purpose:

  1.  Tips for reducing the risk of injury, including information and resources on proper joint alignment, biomechanics, and strengthening proprioception.
    2.  Tips for reducing the risk of developing chronic pain
    3.  Information about hypermobility disorders, such as Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS), hypermobility spectrum disorders (HSD) and related conditions so that if dancers or other athletes become symptomatic they can get appropriate treatment more quickly.
    4.  Credible information for dancers and other at-risk athletic populations to take to their healthcare provider (HCP) presented in a non-threatening way that will enable him/her to provide better care efficiently.

About Dr. Linda Bluestein:
Dr. Linda Bluestein has been practicing medicine for over 20 years. She received her Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine and completed her internship and residency at the prestigious Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. Before opening Wisconsin Integrative Pain Specialists, Dr. Bluestein practiced medicine in Wisconsin. After a personal experience with the limitations of traditional medicine, Dr. Bluestein developed a keen interest in utilizing functional and integrative medicine to comprehensively treat painful conditions. Linda S. Bluestein.
Dr. Bluestein’s work focuses on empowering patients through education and improving the interaction between patients and their healthcare professionals. Her true dedication to helping patients with chronic pain led her to volunteer her time with several different non-profit organizations. Additionally, Dr. Bluestein is also an integral member of the Board of Directors of EDS Wellness, Inc., serving as the Director of Education & the Director of the Medical Advisory Board. As a Medical Consultant for EDS Wisconsin, Inc., a non-profit organization serving the needs of EDS patients throughout Wisconsin, Dr. Bluestein regularly volunteers her time conducting educational programming for patients and their families.
X  2014 by the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Vol. 6, 241-249, March 2014
This webinar is sponsored/hosted by Restored Wellness & KNeilsen, LLC

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