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An Introduction to Hypermobility Related Disorders

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An Introduction to Hypermobility Related Disorders

An Introduction to Hypermobility Related Disorders

This course includes
1:02:05 of Course Material (View)
Patient Exercises (View)
Lifetime access after purchase
Certificate of completion
This course was recorded in March 2024


This online course will describe hypermobility spectrum disorders (HSD) and hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS), the most common heritable connective tissue disorder.

HSD/hEDS affects many tissues in the body, leading to a variety of different systems involved. Furthermore, common comorbidities can complicate presentation and management.

Participants will learn to recognize HSD/hEDS and outline conservative evaluation and management approaches.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this online course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe presentation of patients with hypermobility-related disorders (aka: “hypermobility”)
  2. Identify common comorbidities that may impact healthcare
  3. Outline appropriate clinical reasoning for examination, evaluation and diagnosis of patients with hypermobility
  4. Describe principles of management for this patient population


This online course is for all healthcare professionals including physiotherapists, chiropractors, occupational therapists, and kinesiologists.

The instructors
Leslie Russek

Leslie Russek, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, is Professor Emeritus of Physical Therapy at Clarkson University. She is an Orthopaedic Certified Specialist physical therapist with over 30 years of clinical practice experience with 25 years working with patients with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Her research and clinical interests include hypermobile EDS, fibromyalgia, headaches and chronic pain. Prof. Russek has published and presented nationally and internationally on HSD/hEDS, headaches, and chronic pain management.

She is currently co-facilitating the Allied Health Professionals ECHO Telementoring series for EDS in North America and co-leading the Allied Health Working Group of the International Consortium of Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders; she was also a member of the 2021-2022 National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Committee on Selected Heritable Connective Tissue Disorders and Disability.

Although Prof. Russek has retired from academic teaching, she continues to treat patients and lecture to healthcare providers and patient groups.

Course Material included in this course
  • An Introduction to Hypermobility Related Disorders
  • Welcome!
  • Slides
  • Full presentation
  • Additional Resources
  • Feedback
Patient Exercises included in this course
  • Breathing
  • Hip CARs
  • Core Control: Heel Slides in Crook Lying

Once you have completed the course, a certificate of completion (including learning hours and course information) will be generated. You can download this certificate at any time. To learn more about course certificates on Embodia please visit this guide.

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