Performing Arts Injuries

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If you’re a dancer, musician, singer, or actor, or in another area of the performing arts, your passion can lead to unique injuries. Such injuries require a unique type of physical therapy. Our trained experts can help you recover from an injury and even prevent future injuries.

Performing arts injuries we can treat: 

Performing arts often require you to do a specific set of movements over and over, and this is a recipe for injuries like: 

  • Tendinitis.
  • Muscle strains.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Muscle dystonia (common in artists who play instruments).
  • Ankle injuries.
  • Bunions.
  • Hip injuries.
  • Knee injuries. 
  • Plantar fasciitis.
  • Lower back strains.
  • Shin injuries.
  • Stress fractures.

Our team is the perfect partner to help you address these and other injuries that you may develop as a result of your performing art. 

Why are we a good choice for your performing arts injury treatment? 

Our dedicated physical therapy team includes specialists that understand the passion and commitment that drive performing artists. Our team is an excellent choice to address your injury because we also understand: 

  • The language of dance, theatre, gymnastics, cheerleading, music and skating, which allows us to effectively work with the demands of each art form.
  • The need to keep performing.
  • The technique and terminology of a variety of performing arts. 
  • The specific footwear requirements for various performing arts. 
  • That the specific needs of performing artists vary based on where you fall on the beginner-to-professional spectrum.

How can we treat your performing arts injury?

We understand that each individual requires customized physical therapy for an injury, even if they have had a similar injury in the past. That’s why our dedicated physical therapists will build you a treatment plan that’s unique to your needs and injury symptoms. A few of the techniques we may include in your treatment program include: 

  • Studio-to-stage training.
  • Manual therapy and osteopathic manipulation techniques.
  • Modalities for soft tissue preparation and pain management.
  • Taping techniques for postural retraining and support.
  • Custom foot orthotic evaluation.
  • Sport psychology and nutrition consulting.

How should you prepare for a performing arts injury treatment session?

There are many ways you can help maximize the effectiveness of the physical therapy our team offers. One of these is to wear loose, comfortable clothing. You should wear sturdy, supportive shoes to your session, too. The idea is to wear something you’d be comfortable working out in. Many of the physical therapy services used in your sessions will involve active participation from you. Others, like manual therapy or foot orthotic evaluations, allow you to take more of a passive role.

When you first arrive for your initial consultation, one of our physical therapists will take you through a thorough patient history questionnaire and physical examination. You’ll be encouraged to ask questions at every point in the session. These questions can help us gain insight into your unique condition. They can also help us provide you with an accurate diagnosis and plan of care. Your unique plan may include evidence-based physical therapy services such as therapeutic exercises, joint mobilizations and manual therapy.

We always encourage our patients to stay well hydrated before, during and after their sessions. Water is essential to helping your body heal. Also, the benefits of active and passive PT services are often increased when you’re well hydrated. Aim for one-third to one-half your body weight in fluid ounces per day. You may need to drink more if you exercise a lot or have a physically demanding job.

Find the performing arts injury treatment you need at Armor PT

Our Armor Physical Therapy team is ready and willing to treat injuries you may sustain as a performing artist. We’re able to address the needs of the performing artist from the comprehensive evaluation to the functionally based treatment plan. We can also help manage your symptoms and work to prevent your condition from happening again.

Contact us at our Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, Mattawan, Plainwell and Portage, Michigan, centers today for more information about our performing arts injury treatment service.

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