Ehlers Danlos

Services

A message from Dr. Zingman:

I was diagnosed with Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome by Dr. Clair Francomano in 2015 after a decade-long struggle to obtain a diagnosis. By this time, I had multiple disc herniations, had undergone five orthopaedic surgeries, and I could not walk even a few blocks on any hill due to pelvic instability. I was already engaged with physical therapy, acupuncture, Muscle Activation Techniques, and chiropractic care, but I needed a more strategic and comprehensive approach to get better. I looked hard, but could not find anything that did the job.

So, I created home exercise programs for myself, went through elimination diets, and committed myself to learning about Ehlers Danlos and getting better. Within four months of my diagnosis, I could walk several miles. Dr. Francomano encouraged me then to start a clinic for Ehlers Danlos patients. My journey has been (and continues to be!) full of peaks and valleys. This is a condition which affects my family and my community, and I don’t want others to undergo the same decade-long, discouraging journey as I went through. I created this practice so that there is a physician available in the community to diagnose Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and teach you to care for your body.

What We Do

  • Diagnosis of Hypermobile EDS
  • Integrative, coordinated musculoskeletal care
    • Orthopaedic and Spine diagnoses such as diagnosing subluxations, tendonopathies, tendon/ligament tears such as rotator cuff tear or tennis elbow, herniated discs, spondylolisthesis, etc.
    • Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation utilizing a variety of Osteopathic, Physical Therapy and Acupuncture techniques
    • Teach you to care for your joints at home
    • Coordinated Care with local team of specialists coming Fall 2019
  • Co-located with Dr. Fraser Henderson, immediate Neurosurgical referral if indicated

Offerings

  • Diagnostic Appointment
    • 2 hours with Dr. Zingman MD MPH
    • Key outputs include treatment plan and EDS diagnosis (if needed)
  • Physical Therapy
    • 50-80 min one-on-one with Physical Therapist plus 10-30 min of independent exercise
  • Muscle Activation Technique
    • 50-80 min one-on-one with Muscle Activation Technique Specialist plus 10-30 min of independent exercise
  • Acupuncture
    • 50 min one-on-one with Acupuncturist
  • Full Day Musculoskeletal Eval and Treatment Plan:
    • 2-3 hours with Dr. Zingman – diagnosis and care plan
    • 45 minutes Acupuncture – prepare the body for manual therapy
    • 2-3 hours Physical Therapy – includes manual techniques and personalized therapeutic exercise program
    • Following your appointments:
      • Written program to take home to your physical therapy
      • 60 minute tele-health consultation between Dr. Zingman MD/Dr. Piersol DPT and your physical therapist at home
  • 3-day Musculoskeletal EDS Jumpstart
    • All of the above plus 2 additional days of Physical Therapy, Muscle Activation and Acupuncture so that you can get a more comprehensive evaluation and plan (4 hours per day)
    • Additional evaluation by Dr. Zingman if needed to address additional joint or health concerns
    • Option of multi-specialty Intensive starting Fall 2019 (see below)

  • 5-day Musculoskeletal EDS Jumpstart
    • All of the above plus 4 additional days of Acupuncture and Physical Therapy so that you can get a more comprehensive evaluation and plan (4 hours per day)
    • Additional evaluation by Dr. Zingman if needed to address additional joint or health concerns
    • Option of multi-specialty Intensive starting in 2020 (see below)
  • Musculoskeletal EDS Intensive: multiple week program
    • In this program we take full ownership of your rehabilitation and injury prevention with appointments 4-5 days per week for multiple weeks.
    • Call for more information
  • Multi-specialty EDS Intensive: 5 days or longer
    • Coming in 2020
    • MSK EDS Jumpstart plus the following
    • Telemedicine evaluation with Cardiology, Immunology and Functional Medicine on days 1-2 of the Jumpstart including lab draw on day 2 for micronutrient analysis, mast cell evaluation, and any other indicated testing.
    • Echo and follow-up evaluation with Cardiology in a single, streamlined appointment
    • Care Plan from Cardiology, Immunology, and Functional Medicine for you to provide your Primary Care physician at home