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When we think of someone needing to see an orthopedic physician, we most often visualize a high school football player, a weekend warrior, or anyone experiencing an injury or trauma.
Reality is performance artists, just like athletes, often develop conditions in need of orthopedic care. Consider the cellist who suffers from carpal tunnel syndrome brought on by repetitive hand/wrist motion; the tuba player in a marching band with a painful back from the weight of the instrument; the ballet dancer with foot and ankle injuries from constant pressure on their feet; the portrait artist with shoulder complaints from prolonged lifting of one arm for hours at a time. All of these artists, whether practicing or performing, overwork some joints while underutilizing other protective muscle groups. These imbalances, if not identified and treated appropriately, can ultimately lead to pain and loss of function.
Therefore, If you are a musician, dancer, or artist, whether by profession or for personal enjoyment and you suffer from soreness or pain, consider appropriate orthopedic care. Many times an appropriate treatment program that encompasses physical therapy and other non-surgical treatments can get the performing artist on the road to recovery. Here at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates, we have 10 physicians in 3 locations offering same day appointments with on-site physical therapists that provide comprehensive care. Feel free to reach us 941 951 2663 (BONE)
Many people will come to the sports clinic with complaints of pain on either side of their elbow which has been present for months and is aggravated by gripping things or shaking hands. While often referred to as Golfer’s or Tennis elbow, this painful tendon condition usually occurs not from playing golf or tennis but from repeatedly gripping or lifting objects improperly. Unfortunately, the condition can become severe enough where the tendons on either side of the elbow will become swollen, degenerated, and possibly torn causing persistent pain. Despite being referred to as lateral or medial epicondylitis by the medical community, this condition is known not to be an inflammatory condition. Because of this, typical anti-inflammatory medications like Ibuprofen or Naprosyn often will not help. While steroid or “cortisone” injections can be tried and may give temporary relief, studies have shown that the condition often returns weeks to months later causing further delay in healing. The good news is that this condition can be treated non-surgically. Medical studies have revealed that a dedicated specific exercise program that concentrates on eccentric strengthening of the elbow and wrist tendons often will successfully cure the problem. Even when rehabilitation fails, other procedures less invasive than having surgery can often be performed which can significantly improve pain in 90% of the cases. So whether you are struggling with chronic elbow pain from playing doubles tennis or from lifting luggage at the airport, the physicians at SOA can evaluate your elbow problem, correctly diagnose the cause of the pain, and suggest a specific treatment regimen which will get you back on the road to recovery. Paul Lento, MD PM&R, American Medical Society Sports Medicine