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Common Dance Injuries

Common Dance Injuries


Now we’re in the middle of the Dublin Fringe Festival we can see many different performing arts on view. From hip hop to ballet, every form of dance pushes the boundaries of what the body will do. Sometimes these inspiring performances come at a cost and unfortunately musculoskeletal injuries are common in dancers. Dance injuries including:

Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains are an extremely common dance injury. They can occur with landing from a jump, sudden twisting or turning movements or with going off balance when dancing ‘en pointe’. This can be a very painful injury with swelling and bruising often appearing soon after the injury. Initial management of an ankle sprain is guided by the RICE (Rest Ice Compression Elevation) regime. Rehabilitation following an ankle sprain is so important. If it is not correctly rehabilitated it can leave the ankle vulnerable to future injury. Working with your chartered physiotherapist will help ensure your ankle is strong and your balance good in all the positions you need as a dancer.

Overuse injuries

Overuse injuries can often be a feature of a dancer’s life. The knees can be a particularly vulnerable joint for many dancers. Repeated knee bends, especially at speed or increased force, as with landing, can put strain on the tissues of the knee. The front of the knee in particular can be at risk. Patellofemoral pain syndrome is common in dancers and is a condition where the pain originates from the joint between the patella (knee cap) and femur (thigh bone). Many factors can contribute to this condition developing. These include: poor control/strength of hip muscles, tight muscles of the thigh, poor mobility of the hip, biomechanical issues with the foot and training errors. Your physiotherapist will assess each of these factors and advise on modification to allow the knee joint to recover.

Dance injuries can include other overuse injuries that affect the hip. These include trochanteric bursitis and piriformis syndrome. Usually these are related to a muscle imbalance around the hip. With these conditions certain muscles are over-working and others are underworking which can lead to pain. Treatment for these conditions may include dry needling, soft tissue release of muscles, joint mobilisations, activity modification and a stretching and strengthening programme.

At Ballsbridge Physiotherapy we understand the different stresses and strains on a dancer’s body. Our highly skilled Chartered Physiotherapists in our Dublin 4 clinic will work with you to help you get back on your feet as soon as possible.

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