The needs of a dancer patient can be daunting to the uninitiated physician. A dancer's technique, environment, and mentality are unique among athletes. Compared with popular team sports, like football or basketball, physicians are often unfamiliar with dancers' injuries and requirements to facilitate a safe, timely return to dance. The goal of this article is to help foster better communication between dancers and the medical community by describing dance epidemiology, dance basics including technique and characteristics, and some specific dance injuries.
Diplomate Sports Medicine and Internal Medicine, Los Angeles Ballet, Los Angeles, CA; Diavolo Dance Company, Los Angeles Valley College, Los Angeles, CA
Address for correspondence: Selina Shah, M.D., Diplomate Sports Medicine and Internal Medicine, Dance Company Physician Los Angeles Ballet, Dance Company Physician Diavolo Dance Company, Team Physician Los Angeles Valley College, Kaiser Permanente, 13652 Cantara Street, Panorama City, CA 91402 (E-mail: Selina.X.Shah@kp.org).