For many general practitioners, physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropracters, patients with a background in performing arts account for only a small proportion of their practice. This simple primer assists the reader in the management of these highly complex (and sometimes highly strung) elite athletes. This book is pitched at the Masters level. A first degree in a medical speciality is assumed so space has not been allocated to the standard management of common conditions such as epicondylitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, ankle sprains of fractures. With some thirty years practical experience around the theme of "Controversies in Performing Arts Medicine", the editor has provided occupational rheumatological care for performing artists, especially instrumentalists and dancers with complex ailments. The introductory section provides a basic insight into the musculoskeletal problems specific to each of the many varied instruments and styles of dance. Consideration is also given to musculoskeletal aspects that affect the voice.
- The use of illustrations will help contrast clinical case histories
- The reader will find basic insight into muskuloskeletal problems specific to the many varied intruments and styles of dancing
- This book aims to assist in the management of highly complex elite athletes
1. Expert Care of the Performing Artist.- 2. Musical Instruments and their Demands on the Body.- 3. Styles of Dance and Their Demands on the Body.- 4. The Voice and the Musculoskeletal System.- 5. Principles of Management.- 6. Illustrative Musical Case Studies.- 7. Illustrative Dance Case Studies.- 8. Overuse Syndromes.- 9. Hypermobility in Dance; Asset not Liability.- 10. Scoliosis in Musicians and Dancers.- 11. Drugs and Therapeutics.- 12. The Disabled Performer.- 13. The Multi-Talented Performer.- 14. Future Trends.
Prof. Howard Bird has provided occupational rheumatological care for performing artists, especially instrumentalists and dancers with complex ailments, for the last thirty years. This practical experience around the theme of performing arts medicine has given Prof. Bird the right tools to discuss and present the readers with practical and useful insight into the musculoskeletal problems which come with the repeated use of instruments as well as dance moves.