Register Calendar Latest Topics
 
 
 


Reply
  Author   Comment  
ballerinasmama

Novice Member
Registered:
Posts: 3
Reply with quote  #1 
Can anyone here recommend a dance medicine specialist either in NJ, NY, or PA for my daughter? She has been dealing with undiagnosed ankle pain for over a year now that is getting worse and now it is sadly keeping her from dancing at all. We have seen numerous specialists in our area, ortho, rheumatology, etc. and I feel like we are getting nowhere.  I'm at my wit's end trying to help my daughter, she is 16.  I am in South Jersey, but can travel to NYC, PA, etc. I found a couple online, but know nothing about them. I was hoping someone here could recommend one to us. Thank you in advance. 

Jodi 
0
PasDeChatMom

High Silver Member
Registered:
Posts: 235
Reply with quote  #2 
Harkness in NYC
0
tiptoemom

High Silver Member
Registered:
Posts: 246
Reply with quote  #3 
Harkness is meant to be a wonderful resource. We are in Philly and my daughters have each seen Dr. Harwood at the Rothman Institute. We had a great experience with him all 3 times. 2 visits for our ballerina and one for our athlete daughter. 

Good luck!!
0
tendumom

Avatar / Picture

High Platinum Member
Registered:
Posts: 4,215
Reply with quote  #4 

Harkness is considered the place to go in NYC, Rothman in Philly. 

If you cannot get an appointment soon enough, dd used Mitch Green in NYC. He is actually a chiropractor but is trained in rehabilitation medicine and dance. He is the director of dance injury and rehab program at the ballet school dd attended in NYC. He has helped her through 2 injuries, one to her shoulder (was lifted by her arm by a 6+ foot male dancer!) and with an ankle issue. 

In any area with a ballet company, you can also get names by calling up the company and seeing who works with their dancers. 

Has she already had imaging to rule out os trigonum?

0
ballerinasmama

Novice Member
Registered:
Posts: 3
Reply with quote  #5 
Thank you all so much for your responses. She has had imaging:  X-ray, MRI, and recently CT scan. All normal, yet pain persists (acts like a stress fracture, yet no fracture found) and she still cannot dance, and we are talking about a dancer that is very dedicated and used to dancing through pain, pretty tough kid. So if she says it hurts too much to dance, at this point I know it must be so painful for her. Even riding a bike or walking for long periods of time is painful. We are seeing her older sister's rheumatologist (older sis has RA) and she had blood work this morning to rule that out along with a few other autoimmune diseases, but if all of that comes back normal as well I know that we are not going back to our regular ortho, as he really hasn't been of much help. I am not really sure where to turn at this point to help her, and I knew this would be the best place to ask. Thanks so much. 
0
prancer

Platinum Member
Registered:
Posts: 1,075
Reply with quote  #6 
If I could tag on here a bit - for those of you who have had dancers with injuries that have been properly evaluated and treated and rehabbed - do your dancers still have some nagging discomfort/pain at the site of those old soft tissue injuries? My daughter has ongoing issues with her hamstrings despite very good rehab. I’m thinking this is just the nature of the beast and she will work with it or eventually back off Dance. Thoughts?
0
DanceMomLaura

Avatar / Picture

Gold Member
Registered:
Posts: 385
Reply with quote  #7 
My DD16 has hip issues.  Bilateral hip dysplasia with some damage to the labrum.  Not tears, but definitely not presenting as "normal".  She has done PT 3 times, this last time (over the summer when dance was light) was the most successful.  She still has pain when she dances (and stands for long periods of time or walks for long periods of time) and probably will have pain until when/if she has surgery.  She is followed at Boston Children's Hospital by a sports medicine doctor who is the Director of Dance Medicine as well as in the Hip Preservation Program. 

While I feel we have her in the right place and are helping her as much as possible (without surgical intervention), she will never bee 100% while she continues to dance. 

Next year is her senior year and I believe she is on board to stop competing and perhaps just take a few rec classes to keep busy.  We shall see if this helps.

Good luck with finding answers for your daughter, but I truly believe that while they dance (or do any activity) the injury will never have time to fully heal.
0
ballerinamom13

Avatar / Picture

Platinum Member
Registered:
Posts: 1,829
Reply with quote  #8 
Quote:
Originally Posted by tiptoemom
Harkness is meant to be a wonderful resource. We are in Philly and my daughters have each seen Dr. Harwood at the Rothman Institute. We had a great experience with him all 3 times. 2 visits for our ballerina and one for our athlete daughter. 

Good luck!!

Ballerinas ARE athletes too.......[smile]
0
dave9988

Avatar / Picture

High Gold Member
Registered:
Posts: 719
Reply with quote  #9 
Quote:
Originally Posted by prancer
If I could tag on here a bit - for those of you who have had dancers with injuries that have been properly evaluated and treated and rehabbed - do your dancers still have some nagging discomfort/pain at the site of those old soft tissue injuries? My daughter has ongoing issues with her hamstrings despite very good rehab. I’m thinking this is just the nature of the beast and she will work with it or eventually back off Dance. Thoughts?


Soft tissue injuries can be like that, I think. 

My DD14 had some back/hip issues last year.  We visited local specialists as well as Harkness.  Strengthen the core, yes, but the biggest factor for her seems to be overuse.  Some minor flare ups this year, but so far much better than last.
0
Previous Topic | Next Topic
Print
Reply

Quick Navigation:

Easily create a Forum Website with Website Toolbox.