A statement by Susan Chalaela- Physical Therapist, Charleston, SC:
It would be of extreme value for MUSC to have this very valuable imaging available to these patients to arrive at quicker diagnosis allowing for a sooner treatment plan with less financial, emotional/psychological, and physical hardship on these patients. It will allow the process to run smoother with less time and money spent on diagnosing these patients and making a medical plan. If we had this imaging, many of these patients would have hope with less feeling of hopelessness due to the extensive process of time, money, and travel to get answers making it more possible for many to come here for answers. We are understanding more about hypermobility as a whole and as medical practitioners learn about it, we will have more patients diagnosed and due to the power of social media will be heading here to Charleston to get help and answers to their misunderstood neurological symptoms. We are seeing more and more patients with a hypermobility disorder who are finding us here in Charleston, and meanwhile, there are only a few medical practitioners who understand this disorder. The cell phone and computer industry is growing significantly and the younger generation is developing with spine abnormalities secondary to the evolution of the human race. Therefore, biomechanically our requirements and undue stresses on our joint alignment are causing damage to our nervous system, needing an improved understanding of how to protect those at a younger age.