We must say that dance is not less than a sport as it requires frequent body movements to get into different positions. For many, dance is worship as well and they really mean it. But it won’t be wrong to say that dancing also requires a lot of flexibility.
Considering the frequent body movements and different positioning, dancers are also prone to different types of orthopedic injuries. In this post, we will discuss some of the common injuries that dancers face in their careers. You might or might not be surprised to know that dancers are also prone to fractures and sometimes, the condition could be so serious that surgery may be required for the fixation of fractured bone fragments, and that requires the help of different types of Trauma Implants.
Dance-Related Common Orthopedic Injuries
Ankle sprains are known to be the most common acute injury noticed in dancers. While dancing, frequent movement of feet and ankle is required and in this process, sometimes the ankle bends awkwardly resulting in a sprain. Sprains generally occur when the ankle is forced to move outside its range of motion. This might also cause tendon or ligament tears. Ankle sprains are generally treated non-operatively, only most serious cases require surgery.
This is the condition where the inflammation of the tendon at the back of the ankle occurs. The Achilles tendon is the largest one in our body and it connects calf muscles to the heel bone. When this tendon gets inflamed, the dancer becomes unable to move his/her feet properly. One of the common reasons why this injury occurs in dancers is overuse. This condition is very painful and might result in swelling. Physical therapy and rest are the best ways by which this injury can be treated.
This is another overuse injury that is seen commonly in dancers. This injury occurs due to pointing of the big toe frequently while dancing. Trigger toe is characterized by inflammation and muscle damage. Again, intense pain may be experienced during this injury. In most cases, physical therapy under proper guidance is the best way to treat this condition. Serious injury may require surgery to release the tendon from surrounding tissues.
This is the condition where tissue at the ankle is compressed and this could occur at either side i.e. front or the back of the ankle. The person feels pain during ankle impingement at the front of the ankle. When it comes to the treatment of the condition, just like the above-mentioned ones, physical therapy is useful. Surgery is only required in cases where a bone spur is developed between the back of the tibia and heel.
Hip impingement could occur due to multiple reasons and that may include stress fracture, arthritis, muscle strain, and sacroiliac joint dysfunction. This is another condition that is commonly seen in dancers due to an imbalance between the external and internal rotation. Physical therapy with stretching is always the first line of treatment. But if these procedures fail to provide the desired relief, surgery may be needed.
It doesn’t matter what the cause of orthopedic injuries is, they could be serious, especially if ignored. In certain cases where fractures are involved, surgery using orthopedic devices may be required. Siora Surgicals Pvt. Ltd. is a reliable manufacturer of orthopedic implants like Hand Fracture Implants, Antegrade Femoral Nail, and Multifix Tibial Intramedullary Nail. The company also exports its international standard quality products to different countries across the globe.