Specialized Care and Injury Prevention for Dancers

The dancing athlete, regardless of level of experience or ability, needs specialized care. The dance medicine program at the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine is designed specifically for the needs of dancers, to prevent injuries and to treat them properly and promptly.

Dancing places unique demands and stresses on the musculoskeletal system, and injury is a risk. Our team is dedicated to helping professional, student and amateur dancers prevent injuries and stay in top form. When injuries do occur, we have the specialized skill and experience to treat them properly and promptly. In fact, our team members are involved in research to improve prevention and treatment of movement-related injuries.

Inexperienced dancers may not realize the limits of their own bodies or their dance partners’. Experienced professional dancers often ignore minor problems until they become chronic or disabling. We help dancers understand how to prevent injuries and how to recognize when they need to rest and seek treatment.

Experienced Care for Dance-Related Injuries

Dance-related injuries most often involve bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments or joints. The lower back, feet, ankles and knees of dancers are at highest risk. Our team is skilled and experienced in treating injuries of the:

  • Muscles, ligaments and bones
  • Knee
  • Shoulder
  • Ankle and foot
  • Hip and thigh
  • Elbow and wrist

Our doctors, physical therapists and athletic trainers take the time to fully explain the steps you need to take to recover and prevent future injury. As part of Tulane Health System, we make full use of the latest technology and resources for diagnosis, therapy and rehabilitation, including:

  • Comprehensive on-site imaging, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), X-ray and diagnostic ultrasound
  • Experienced physical therapists and athletic trainers
  • Expertise in arthroscopy (minimally invasive joint surgery)

We’ll create a plan for your full recovery, from initial treatment through each stage of healing and rehabilitation. We’re committed to helping you return to top form with no permanent limitations, and to helping you prevent future injuries so you can keep doing what you love.

Learn more by calling (504) 408-1637.