Don’t Let an Injury Stop You From Dancing
Dance is a beautiful, but physically demanding, art form. The intense demands
of training and
performance often make dancers prime candidates for injury. Dance Physical
Therapy is physical rehabilitation focused on the prevention, assessment
and treatment/management of dance-related injuries.
Did You Know?
75–97 percent of dancers are injured annually
80 percent of dancers experience a major injury during their career
65 percent of dance injuries are overuse injuries, and 35 percent are acute,
Dancers are vulnerable to a wide range of injuries to the foot, ankle and
lower leg, including stress fractures, tendon injuries, sprains and strains.
The good news is that 98 percent of dance injuries respond to conservative
Physical therapy can help facilitate recovery from a dance injury through
the use of hands-on care,
exercise and dance-specific treatment strategies. Physical Therapists
also can administer modalities to reduce symptoms and speed healing.
About the Dance Therapy Program
The dancer is an athlete with a very specific set of demands on the body.
Our goal is to address
the specialized needs of the dance patient and to safely return dancers
to rehearsal and
performance as quickly as possible. Our clinicians have a knowledge base
in the art and technique of dance and/or experience in the performing
environment as well as decades of experience treating athletes of all
When treating the injured dancer, physical environment, rehearsal/performance
shoes and fatigue all are factors considered by the physical therapist.
Rehabilitation focuses on
specific dance steps and muscular imbalances, both those causing the injury
and those that need to
be addressed to prevent future injury.
Dance Therapy is available at the following locations:
LifeWorks of Southwest General
7390 Old Oak Blvd.
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130