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Treatments for Musicians and Dancers

Dr. Alexander Pantelyat playing the violinDirector Alexander Pantelyat, M.D., playing the violin.

As a musician or a dancer, your mind, body and spirit must function as one.

Through frequent practice and repetitive motions, you run the risk of overuse injuries. You may find a medical problem impairs your ability to perform to your fullest potential. Promptly seeking care can mean a shorter recovery time and fewer long-term effects of an illness or injury.

In collaboration with Johns Hopkins Rehabilitation Network and the Peabody Institute, there is a multidisciplinary team of Johns Hopkins experts to deliver specialized care specifically for musicians and dancers.

Why Musicians and Performers Choose Johns Hopkins

  • Unmatched Expertise: The Center for Music and Medicine and its programs harness the world-class expertise of Johns Hopkins Medicine and The Johns Hopkins University.
  • Dual Perspectives: Pairing an understanding of musicians’ unique needs with expert health care.
  • Dedication to Improving Life: The Center for Music and Medicine includes a multidisciplinary community of people who are dedicated to uplifting the quality of human life through music. Caring for musicians and ensuring their ability to perform is essential to this mission.

Request an Appointment

Created for musicians who require top levels of function for performance, Johns Hopkins’ Center for Music & Medicine connects you with transformative thinking and medical practice.

The Center for Music & Medicine accepts patients through the following medical departments. Please discuss your condition with your primary care provider first to help determine referral to the appropriate group.

  • Neurologists and neurosurgeons treat diseases, injuries and conditions of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and peripheral nervous system (motor and sensory nerves and ganglia outside of the brain and spinal cord).

    The Center for Music & Medicine recommends scheduling an appointment with the neurology and neurosurgery department for the following conditions:

    Learn more about Neurology and Neurosurgery.

  • To request an appointment with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, call 410-997-2663 (BONE).

    Orthopaedic surgeons include specialists in foot and ankle, hand, hip and knee, oncology, pediatrics, shoulder and elbow, spine, sports medicine, revision surgery and trauma. They address acute injuries and conditions related to aging, overuse and traumatic accident with the objective of improving mobility, range of motion and quality of life.

    Your primary care provider may recommend orthopaedic surgery for the treatment of the following conditions:

    Learn more about Orthopaedic Surgery.

  • To request an appointment with the Department of Otolaryngology, call 443-998-9348.

    Founded in 1914, the department has grown from a small group of ear, nose and throat physicians to the leading otolaryngology and head and neck cancer care center in the nation (according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 – 18 rankings). Johns Hopkins is proud to provide leading head and neck surgery and comprehensive multi-disciplinary care in Baltimore, Maryland, and the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

    The Center for Music & Medicine recommends scheduling an appointment with the otolaryngology department for the following conditions:

    Learn more about Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

  • To request an appointment with the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, call 443-997-5476.

    Physical medicine and rehabilitation focuses on restoring the health and functional abilities of people after illness or injury, such as a stroke, spinal cord injury, heart surgery, amputation, joint replacement, sports or performance injuries, spinal disorders and other conditions.

    The Center for Music & Medicine recommends scheduling an appointment with a rehabilitation physician or therapist for the following conditions:

    • Rotator cuff injuries
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Thoracic outlet syndrome
    • Tendonitis including:
      • Bicipital tendonitis
      • Trigger finger
      • Medial epicondylitis (golfer’s and baseball elbow)
      • DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis

    Your primary care provider may also recommend physical medicine and rehabilitation for treatment of the following conditions:

    • Ataxia
    • Carpal tunnel
    • Cubital tunnel
    • Musician’s dystonia
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Balance disorders
    • Parkinson’s disease
    • Dysphagia

    Learn more about Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and rehabilitation for performing artists.

  • To request an appointment with the Department of Rheumatology, call 443-997-1552.

    Johns Hopkins’ Department of Rheumatology is the foremost center in the nation for specialists in rheumatic diseases of the bones and muscles, as well as certain autoimmune conditions that cause inflammation, stiffness and deformity (according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 – 18 rankings).

    The Center for Music & Medicine recommends scheduling an appointment with the rheumatology department for rheumatoid arthritis.

    Learn more about Rheumatology.

Are you a Peabody student?

Peabody Institute students receive care through the Johns Hopkins Rehabilitation Network Clinic (JHRN), a component of the Center for Music and Medicine.

 

Conditions We Treat for Performers

Learn more about the conditions we treat in the Health section:

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