What is Dance Medicine?

Dance medicine has a unique role in the sports medicine community. The performing arts require an enormous amount of athleticism, which makes dancers susceptible to distinct injuries different from those in other sports.

Proper treatment of dancers requires a familiarity with their needs and an extensive knowledge of the demands of their sport to properly diagnose injuries and return dancers safely to activity. Leah has had the honor of being trained in Dance Medicine by one of the countries leading Dance Physical Therapists Samara DiMattia M.S.P.T. Samara was the original PT aid to Dance Medicine pioneer Marika Molnar (Physical Therapist for New York City Ballet). 

 

Because the majority of dance injuries result from muscular imbalance, tissue overuse, and subtle alignment issues most dancers respond quickly to conservative rehabilitation. When treated properly dancers can limit their time away from the studio and return stronger, with decreased risk or injuries in the future.

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Common Conditions Treated

  • Ankle sprains

  • Back pain

    • Herniated Disk, Spinal Stenosis, Spondylolysis, Spondylolisthesis, Scoliosis

  • Foot pain

    • Metatarsal stress fractures, Lisfranc sprain (midfoot pain), posterior impingement, Os Trigonum, Severs Disease, plantar fasciitis, bunions, big toe pain, sesamoid injury​

  • Tendinopathy of the upper and lower extremities

    • Rotator cuff, patellar, achilles, flexor hallucis longus, posterior tibialis, peroneal, Gluteal tendinopathy

  • Hip pain 

    • Labral tear, hip impingement, snapping hip syndrome​, chronic hip flexor pain

  • Shin Splints

  • Knee Pain

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Joint Subluxations

  • Hip Dysplasia

  • Hamstring Strains

 

*This list is not exhaustive and If you do not see your issue listed, please reach out and we would be happy to help you.  

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