What are the common treatments for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome?
Treatment for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome aims to prevent dangerous complications. It can also help protect the joints, skin, and other tissues from injuries. An individual’s treatment depends on many factors, including the type of the disorder and symptoms.
To protect the skin, doctors recommend using sunscreen and mild soaps. Taking extra Vitamin C can help reduce bruising. Physical therapy (exercises to strengthen the muscles supporting the joints) can help prevent joint injuries. Braces also help stabilize joints.
Because blood vessels are fragile, doctors will monitor people with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and may use medication to help keep blood pressure low and stable.
Dislocated joints and other joint injuries are common among people with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. For this reason, doctors recommend they avoid:
- Strenuous (heavy) lifting
- High-impact exercise where the body pounds the ground
- Contact sports