Ehler’s Danlos Syndrome (EDS) is a genetic condition that affects the production of collagen which is used to provide strength and elasticity to many of the body’s tissues. People with EDS tend to have highly flexible joints, fragile skin and may develop chronic pain. There are several different forms of EDS, and associated conditions can include craniocervical instability, mitral valve prolapse, malfunctions of the autonomic nervous system and, in vascular EDS, rupture of major blood vessels and organs. This lecture provides an integrative approach to pain management for patients with EDS.
About the Speaker: Delia Chiaramonte, MD
Dr. Delia Chiaramonte, Assistant Professor of Family & Community Medicine, Associate Director and Director of Education at the Center for Integrative Medicine, part of University of Maryland School of Medicine, is board certified in Family Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Care, and is certified by the American Board of Holistic and Integrative Medicine. Elected Phi Beta Kappa and the recipient of awards for teaching excellence, Dr. Chiaramonte has devoted her recent career to educating medical learners about integrative approaches to health and wellness. She currently serves as Chair of the Education Working Group of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine and she provides integrative medicine curricula for health professionals, students and lay audiences. Dr. Chiaramonte’s clinical experience includes inpatient and outpatient integrative family medicine, serving as a hospice team medical director and running a private patient advocacy practice. It was Dr. Chiaramonte’s experience practicing conventional medicine that spurred her interest in integrative medicine. After discovering that patients with complex concerns often responded best to an integrative approach, Dr. Chiaramonte pursued postgraduate training in mind-body techniques, Chinese herbal medicine and positive psychology. Her primary interests include integrative pain management, mind-body medicine, mood disorders, integrative wellness and the impact of stress on health.
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