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Dance medicine

About

Dancers are highly athletic and they may be at risk of injury of the physical demands of their art. 

Need to know

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    Dancers may suffer from a variety of musculoskeletal problems. These can include back pain (due to wear of the discs or facet joints) hip pain (due to femoral acetabular impingement or arthritis), bone pain due to stress fractures, ankle injuries and problems with the joints of the feet.

     Dancers may also be prone to hormone problems, such as RED-S (relative energy deficiency in sport, formerly known as the ‘female athlete triad’). RED-S can cause a spectrum of physical problems, including the risk of bone stress injuries such as stress fractures.

  • Screening and Diagnosis icon plus

    You will be thoroughly assessed and examined by your consultant. You movement patterns will be observed to look for any restrictions or strength deficiencies, and you may be sent for diagnostic imaging, such as an MRI or ultrasound scan. If a medical problem such as RED-S is suspected, you may need to undergo blood tests and an assessment of your bone mineral density (DEXA scanning).
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    Your treatment options will be discussed with you by your consultant. Depending on your injury type, a course of physiotherapy or osteopathy may be recommended. Sometimes injection treatment (such as a guided corticosteroid injection) or shockwave therapy may be recommended. Occasionally, temporary rest from dance by be required, and your consultant will work closely with your therapist, coach or dance company, to guide your recovery.

Don't wait, pay for yourself

You don’t need health insurance to have fast access to our top consultants, extensive range of treatments, diagnostic tests and surgical procedures at our world-class facilities.
Consultant in theatres

Our da Vinci specialist consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion. 
Robotic-assisted surgery

Using the latest robotic technology

Our London Bridge Hospital has been the latest hospital in the HCA UK group to set up a surgical robot for use across a number of service line. The da Vinci ® Xi™ system is fully integrated in the hospital theatre at the Private Care at Guy's Centre.

The da Vinci® Si™ surgical system at the Princess Grace now has integrated fluorescence imaging capability providing real-time, image-guided identification of key anatomical landmarks using near-infrared technology.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics. 

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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