For recreational and professional dancers, musicians and other types of performing artists, MedStar NRH offers a fully integrated, multidisciplinary approach to the recovery and maintenance of health and well-being. A team of medical specialists, including physicians, sports physical therapists, occupational therapists and athletic trainers is dedicated to helping you return to your desired level of activity as quickly and safely as possible.
What separates us from other medical facilities is our unique understanding of performing artists and other physically active individuals, and the injuries they suffer. We appreciate the sense of urgency and high level of expectations our patients bring to treatment. We also know that, in order to manage such injuries appropriately, it is essential to be aware of not only what they are, but why they occurred. So, in addition to traditional evaluation measures, our assessment includes careful review of training techniques, inspection of equipment, and/or biomechanical activity analysis.
Our goal is not to simply treat your injury, but to integrate the injured joint or muscle into the total performance of the body as we safely restore you to the highest possible level of activity. Emphasis is on early intervention, to avoid complications such as loss of endurance and muscle stiffness, and on maintaining good physical conditioning through alternate means during injury convalescence. We then provide you with training guidelines to promote performance and prevent reinjury.
We treat all types of injuries affecting performing artists, from tendinitis, sprains, muscle strains and carpal tunnel syndrome to myofascial, neck and back pain. We also provide comprehensive rehabilitation following surgical procedures.
Our services include:
- Medical assessment and treatment (physical therapy, occupational therapy and hand therapy)
- Physical conditioning
- Evaluation for musical instrument modification
- Music and dance technique assessment using video and biofeedback
- Movement re-education
- Psychological services for anxiety and stress management
- Educational programs for dancers, musicians, and parents
- On-site athletic training services
- Pilates equipment (Bethesda site)
Performing Arts Program is available at the following locations: