Spine Injuries in Dancers

Gottschlich, Laura M. DO; Young, Craig C. MD

Current Sports Medicine Reports:
doi: 10.1249/JSR.0b013e318205e08b
Spine Conditions
Abstract

Care of a dancer calls for a unique balance between athlete and artist. The physician must familiarize himself or herself with dance terminology, common moves, correct technique, and dancer's mentality. The goal is to work intimately with the dancer to care for the injury and, if possible, continue to participate in portions of dance class to limit anxiety and increase compliance to treatment. The spine is the second most injured area of the body in dancers, and many issues stem from poor technique and muscle imbalance. This often leads to hyperlordosis, spondylolysis, spondylolisthesis, lumbar facet sprain, discogenic back pain, and muscle spasm and piriformis syndrome. This article reviews these causes of low back pain with a focus on dance-related presentation and treatment issues.

Author Information

Medical College of Wisconsin, Departments of Community and Family Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery, Milwaukee, WI

Address for correspondence: Craig C. Young, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin, Departments of Community and Family Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery, 9200 Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53266 (E-mail: cyoung@mcw.edu).

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