Dancers, gymnasts, ice skaters, and performing artists share many things in common, unfortunately one of these can be injuries. Evergreen is here for you. These dedicated individuals perform their craft thousands and thousands of times making even minor faults in technique, efficiency or performance hard on their bodies. Evergreen can help prevent a minor injury from becoming a disastrous one. Or, if one should occur, then guide the rehabilitation and recovery process with expertise and compassion.
Common injuries include
- Flexor hallicus tendinopathies
- Achilles tendinopathy
- Shin splints
- Patellar tendinopathy
- Ilio-tibial band syndrome
- Labral tears of hip
- Back pain
- Pelvic floor weakness aka “pee when i jump”
- Scapular / shoulder pain
- Sacro-illiac joint pain
- Plantar faciopathy
- Ankle sprain
- Lisfranc Ligament Injury or fractures
- Snapping hip syndrome
Physical Therapy for injured dancers / performers may include:
- Customized evidence-based physical therapy care for rehabilitation of injuries specific to dancers, performing artists, gymnasts and ice skaters
- Manual Therapy inclusive of soft tissue, joint, and neural mobilization
- Acute injury management with modalities such as H-Wave, Interferential E- Stim, Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT), Ultrasound, Iontophoresis, Heat / Cold
- Taping techniques for edema, support, inhibition, or facilitation including Kinesiotape, McConnel Tape , Rock Tape
- Assistance in safe return to full activity and performance
- Movement / technique analysis
- Analysis of overuse and compensation reduction with corrective interventions
What our Dance Medicine patients are saying
During my sophomore year at my college dance program, I injured my FHL tendon while rehearsing for a performance, and was put in a boot for six weeks. I went to Dr. Karim for physical therapy because she works with dancers and dances herself, so she helped me gain back the strength in my foot and ankle and gave me special exercises geared towards ballet and pointe. Other doctors would have simply treated me for the problem, but Dr. Karim went above and beyond to make sure I was treated specifically for what I do. After several months I was back to dancing, and I am so grateful to have had Dr. Karim's knowledge and help- she really understands dancers' needs!
KM, Collegiate Dancer
I fractured my 5th metatarsal when I landed a jump on my foot the day of our spring performance. I didn't know I had fractured it at the time and although I was in pain, I knew I had to keep dancing. Dr. Karim did a few tests backstage and felt it was necessary for me to see a specialist. She took me to an orthopedic surgeon, got x-rays, and put me in a boot right away. If Dr. Karim had not been there, I would have brushed it off as a bad sprain and kept dancing on it. The doctors later told me that had I danced on it that night, the bone would have split, shot through my foot, and I would have been out for 6+ months... Dr. Karim saved my career!
Annette Karim is a superb physical therapist who has a gift for understanding dancers' bodies. She has greatly helped several of my students, not only with recovery from injury but also with working on areas of weakness or dysfunction while they are still dancing a full load. I highly recommend Annette and Evergreen PT as the place any dancer should go for help with injuries or physical obstacles.
Jenny Ringer, Director Colburn Dance Academy
Annette Karim and her team at Evergreen PT have been an incredible resource for my dancers. Many of them, myself included, have seen her to address various injuries and she's been so helpful, understanding the needs of professional dancers and offering exercises to do on our own to minimize the number of office visits. Her deep understanding of the human body and dance technique is an invaluable combination for dancers.
Annette really listened to the problems I was having and gave me treatment to solve the problem. Imagine that; a doctor who listens.