Dance/Performance Injuries

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The Practice is experienced in the treatment of Ballet injuries and Irish and Highland Dance injuries.

For children, growth spurts can lead to muscle weakness, which can result in vulnerability to injury. For teenagers increasing flexibility of movement can be accompanied by a lack of strength, so that some routines can lead to injury. Dance can often involve repetitive motion and if a dancer loses concentration or becomes tired in repeating movements, injury can occur. The types of dance injuries we often treat are

  • Achilles Tendonitis – inflammation of the Achilles tendon.
  • Groin strain – this injury can occur if you overstretch or tear the muscles around the groin
  • Anterior knee pain – inflammation of the articular cartilage on the underside of the knee cap.
  • Shin splints – pain over the shin bone caused by inflammation of the lining of the bone.
  • Hamstring strain – a common injury where there is a stretch or tear in one or more of the hamstring muscles
  • Metatarsalgia – a condition of inflammation/irritation of the bones in the front part of the foot causing pain and reduced ability to dance comfortably

The Practice has extensive knowledge of dance technique, and clinicians can spot weakness and areas of technique which need to be addressed. When injury occurs it is useful to remember….

Rest | Ice | Compression | Elevation
These help to reduce pain and swelling. It is advisable to seek help from a physiotherapist as soon as possible