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Rehabilitation for Performing Artists
The Johns Hopkins performing arts rehabilitation program aims to evaluate, treat and educate performing artists such as dancers, singers, figure skaters and musicians. Our goal is to help you express your very best in your form of art, whether it’s a hobby or a profession.
Performing Arts Rehabilitation: Why Choose Johns Hopkins
- Our physical, occupational and speech-language therapists are specially trained and experienced in working with dancers, musicians, gymnasts, figure skaters, vocalists and other performers.
- Recovery after injuries, injury prevention and performance improvement through proper posture and positioning are some of the ways our team can help you.
- We have a former Olympic figure skater and other former professional performers on staff for technique consultation.
- Our team has worked with and treated students from Towson University, Baltimore School for the Arts, Goucher College, Peabody Institute and other performing arts institutions across the country.
- Performers of all ages and experiences, from preteens to artists in their 70s and beyond, are welcome in our program.
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When our patients are able to return to the stage and do what they intended to do without pain and limitations, we know we’ve done our job.
- Andrea Lasner, physical therapist and former professional dancer
The Center for Music and Medicine
Our team also provides rehabilitation services as part of the Johns Hopkins Center for Music and Medicine (CMM). The center treats musicians such as pianists and violinists, as well as dancers, singers and other performing artists who are prone to injuries due to the repetitive motions involved in their art. With former and practicing musicians and dancers on staff, we provide the unique rehabilitation these injuries require.
In partnership with the Peabody Institute, and as a component of the CMM, we have opened a clinic for performing artists at Peabody. It aims to provide evaluation and treatment of performance-related injuries and conditions to Peabody students and faculty. At this time, this location has limited hours and is open to Peabody, Baltimore School for the Arts and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra artists. Clinicians who treat at the Peabody clinic are available at our other locations to serve all performing artists.
A physical therapist who isn’t familiar with the requirements of playing an instrument or dancing might say, ‘We need to get you out of that position.’ But we know that’s not an option. We need to work within the constraints of what this particular technique requires.
– Amanda Greene, performing arts physical therapist
Our Performing Arts Rehabilitation Services
Consultations, Screenings and Assessments
You can rely on us for one-on-one professional evaluations, screenings and functional assessments. Our experienced therapists can make recommendations on improving technique or returning to performance after an injury. We also provide art-specific evaluations, such as pre-Pointe screenings and analysis of skating elements.
We can help assess your readiness to start pointe in your dance classes. Our clinicians evaluate and assess ankle range of motion/strength, balance, lower extremity alignment and core strength specific to the technique required for ballet. We can provide recommendations for beginning pointe work and exercises to help the dancer prepare for pointe work.
Our therapists are familiar with the most common injuries in your field of art. Our team can provide personalized education and training to help you remain injury-free. If your performing arts institution is interested in hosting an injury prevention workshop for a larger group, we are happy to accommodate this request.
Do you need help returning to art or competition after an injury? Our therapists can help with a personalized rehabilitation program. We use Pilates-based rehabilitation and other innovative techniques and equipment to help you do your best without being limited by pain.
Please check with your health insurance provider to verify coverage for specific services.
As an elite figure skater, I find it important to have a therapist who is on the same page as me. Having a specialist in my sport here at Johns Hopkins makes it easy to decide where to go for treatment. It puts my mind at ease knowing that I will be back to performing quickly while being monitored throughout the recovery.
– Kimmie Meissner, former Olympic figure skater and world champion
Conditions We Treat
- Sprains, fractures and dislocations
- Muscle strain and cramps
- Chronic pain
- Focal dystonia
- Labrum tears
- Frozen shoulder
- Strained vocal cords
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Cubital tunnel syndrome
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
- Ligament tears
- Trigger finger
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- DeQuervain's tenosynovitis
- Rotator cuff injuries
Our Performing Arts Rehabilitation Team
Our team consists of physical, occupational and speech-language therapists, many of whom are also current or former performing artists. We have former ballet dancers, competitive figure skaters and musicians who speak your “language” and are familiar with your field of art. They work closely with your referring physician, coach or teacher, and other health care providers to coordinate your treatment.
Want to become a performing arts physical therapist? Learn about our fellowship program. Therapists, somatic practitioners and dance educators are also invited to participate in dance medicine modules hosted at Johns Hopkins.
Therapy Program Keeps Performing Artists on Their Feet
The demands of some performing arts, such as playing an instrument in a specific posture for a long time, are often dismissed by traditional physical therapy. Learn how our performing arts specialists address them.
Common Dance Injuries and Prevention Tips
Sports medicine specialist Raj Deu, M.D., and performing arts physical therapists Andrea Lasner and Amanda Greene, share tips about dance injury treatment and prevention. Read more.
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