As rheumatologists become more aware of the significance of hypermobility and as patients’ expectations rise, there is a greater need for rheumatologists to equip themselves with new knowledge about the scientific basis, clinical features, treatment and natural history of hypermobility related syndromes.
Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to:
- recognize the joint hypermobility syndrome from its characteristic features
- observe how chronic pain is more disruptive than in fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis
- identify how cognitive behavioral theorapy can help patients to cope with chronic pain in joint hypermobility syndrome when analgesics do not
- acknowledge moves within the international community to improve the quality and reproducibility of classification criteria for joint hypermobility syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome type III
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