Professional and amateur musicians, dancers, and other performing artists often confront injuries and conditions related to their vocations and avocations. These injuries and conditions include:
- Muscle strains
- Repetitive motion disorders, including carpal tunnel syndrome
- Myofascial, neck, and back pain
- Other musculoskeletal, orthopaedic, and neurologic conditions
MedStar National Rehabilitation Network’s Performing Arts Program offers comprehensive injury recovery and health maintenance services for performing artists with such problems. The program’s goal is not simply to treat the injury, but to integrate the injured joint or muscle into the body’s total performance as the person is restored to the highest possible level of activity.
The program emphasizes early intervention to avoid complications such as endurance loss and muscle stiffness. MedStar NRH’s performing arts rehabilitation experts also help patients to maintain good physical conditioning during injury convalescence and provide training guidelines to promote performance and prevent re-injury.
The Performing Arts Program’s expert team includes physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and psychologists. A variety of techniques such as manual therapy (muscle energy technique, myofascial release, and craniosacral therapy), movement analysis and enhancement, biofeedback, and acupuncture are offered.