Pain management techniques can relieve muscle spasms
A main source of pain in those with hypermobility and hEDS is muscle spasms. Muscles spasm in this population due to the inherent joint instability; the ligaments are too lax to adequately stabilize the joint, so the muscles chime in to help.
This often results in muscle spasming, as a muscle’s job isn’t usually to provide joint stability, but joint motion and strength. Relieving these painful muscle spasms can be useful but can also destabilize the joint if not reinforced with a strength program.
Your physical therapist can help to relieve these painful spasms and provide reinforcement to the joint to give it some stability and control. Unwinding this painful pattern is key to keeping your joints safe and functioning.
Pain management techniques can come in many forms. There are many topical pain relief creams, braces for joints, taping methods, as well as pharmaceutical prescriptions to manage chronic, persistent pain.
There is, unfortunately, not a one-size-fits-all solution and managing pain should be done on an individual basis. Everyone’s body is different and will require different interventions for pain relief. Seeing a physical therapist is a critical part of a sustained pain management plan.