Understanding Hypermobility (5.5 hrs)
This deeply insightful and immersive online course on Joint Hypermobility (JH), is presented by former dancer and esteemed authority in the field, Dr. Linda Bluestein, MD.
This comprehensive course sets out to demystify the intricacies of Joint Hypermobility, differentiating it from conditions akin to it such as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders (HSD). Learners will gain an understanding of the various factors that influence joint mobility, the pathophysiology of JH, and its prevalence in distinct population groups, specifically professional dancers and athletes.
Central to the course is the emphasis on the importance of early diagnosis, revealing the potential physical and psychological sequelae associated with undiagnosed JH. Participants will also explore the dual character of joint hypermobility - viewing it as both an asset and a liability, even for asymptomatic individuals.
Master the use of assessment tools for JH and Generalized Joint Hypermobility (GJH), such as the Beighton Score, and engage with a deep dive into various hypermobility disorders and syndromes including Ehlers–Danlos syndromes, Marfan syndrome, and Osteogenesis Imperfecta. The course will further dissect the gene mutations that precipitate these Heritable Disorders of Connective Tissue (HDCT).
Finally, a thorough examination of the clinical presentation of Symptomatic Joint Hypermobility (SJH) including musculoskeletal effects, pain types, extra musculoskeletal manifestations, and comorbidities, will provide participants with a well-rounded understanding of when further investigation is warranted.
By the end of this rigorous course, participants will be equipped with the knowledge and confidence to recognize and manage JH effectively within a clinical practice setting.
Join us on this educational journey and take a step forward in advancing your professional expertise. This course is not merely an opportunity to learn, it is a chance to transform your understanding of joint hypermobility and directly impact the lives of your patients.
NCBTMB: 5.5 CEUs
Dr Linda Bluestein M.D.
Dr. Linda Bluestein, M.D., is a board-certified anesthesiologist, integrative pain medicine physician, and former ballet dancer, with a specialization in treating dancers and athletes prone to hypermobility disorders. After obtaining her Medical Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine, she completed an anesthesiology residency at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine.
Dr. Bluestein is a dedicated member of several renowned associations, including the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, the Performing Arts Medicine Association, and the Dance Healthy Alliance of Canada's Resources Committee.
A prominent figure in the study of connective tissue disorders like Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes (EDS), she serves as the Director of Education for the nonprofit, EDS Wellness. Additionally, she contributes to academia as an assistant professor and the RISHI Healer’s Art Program course director at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Includes 32 video classes plus course notes. 4-6 hours. Includes exam and NAT course certification.