Dancing may seem like a graceful, effortless sport, but it’s really one of the most physically grueling activities out there. Dancing not only requires an artistic component but the ability to perform and maintain certain athletic skills. As with any sport, injuries may occur and require specialized attention in order to make a full recovery. Finding a provider specializing in physical therapy for dancers may be a challenge, but Dr. Schoene is ready to help in the Chicago area.
The focus of dance physical therapy is to regain a dancer’s full function after an injury and teach them how to avoid future injuries. Dance medicine specialist Dr. Schoene provides her patients with the valuable advice and expertise to make this happen. As a committed physical therapist, she will perform a thorough evaluation of the dancer’s shoes, physical abilities, and movements to minimize future risk of injury.
Physical therapy can help dancers by helping them to build and regain strength without building mass. By providing them with a properly planned recovery for their injuries, dancers will be able to resume their normal classes and routines much more quickly than waiting for an injury to heal on its own.
Any impediment to a dancer’s range of motion can affect dancing technique, lead to future injury, and affect overall performance. During your physical therapy rehabilitation, Dr. Schoene aims to improve your overall range of motion while also strengthening and restoring your full motion and function. She understands the importance of having the ability to physically exert yourself and have a full range of body movement and flexibility. This unique form of rehabilitation offers an in-depth analysis and program to get you back to the level of performance you need.
Our evaluations check for foot mechanic alignment along with screenings for issues such as bunions and scoliosis to help prescribe the proper dance-based physical therapy exercises.
Some of the injuries we commonly see in dancers include:
These injuries occur due to several reasons. These include:
Typically, after a mild injury you may experience muscle soreness that subsides within 24 to 48 hours. If you experience the following, it may be a sign of a more serious injury that requires physical therapy:
If you experience any of the above types of pain, consult with Dr. Schoene. Years of experience in dance-related injuries allow her to treat your injuries with the care and attention you need for a proper recovery.
The majority of injuries caused by overuse and even some traumatic injuries that dancers suffer can be prevented. Follow these tips to help reduce your risk of injury that requires physical therapy.
If you experience an injury, you should seek medical care as soon as possible to prevent any worsening of symptoms.
Dr. Lisa Schoene has been practicing in Chicago and Lake County for over 30 years. She’s a triple board-certified podiatrist dedicated to helping dancers overcome their injuries so they can get back to doing what they love. With over 25 years dedicated to working with athletes, she’s now dedicated her career to working closely with dancers to help them make a full recovery so that they can resume dancing as quickly as possible.
Dr. Schoene has worked closely with many American athletes ranging from dance troupes in the Chicago area including Ballet Chicago, the Evanston Dance Ensemble, and Inaside Chicago Dance. She has also worked with athletes involved in the 1996 Olympic Games and the 1994 World Cup series. She is the go-to in the Chicago area.
Gurnee Podiatry & Sports Medicine Associates is currently complying with federal, state health department, and Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for infection control guidelines to help minimize and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Dr. Schoene and her staff are symptom-free and will be following proper precautions to help reduce the spread. Before receiving care, each patient will be asked appropriate screening questions and have their temperature taken before each appointment. If you have any questions regarding our current policies or procedures related to COVID-19, please don’t hesitate to contact our office. We can be reached by telephone at 847-263-6073.
If you’re a dancer and have suffered an injury, reach out to Dr. Schoene at Gurnee Podiatry & Sports Medicine Associates to get your specialized physical therapy regimen. You can reach us by phone at 847-263-6073 during regular office hours or by submitting an online form 24/7. A member of our staff will reach out to you promptly to schedule your consultation. We’re located at 401 W. Ontario St. Suite 240 in Chicago, IL. You don’t have to suffer in silence. Reach out to get the treatment that you need so you can resume dancing as soon as possible.
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