Getting to take group or private dance lessons in Fort Worth, TX is an enticing opportunity, and naturally, our dancers never want to do anything to interfere with or ruin their lessons. But unfortunately, having a dance-related injury is one factor that can be difficult to control. However, with a little knowledge and a few precautions, you can at least reduce your risk of injury. Knowing how to properly treat an injury can also help it to heal sooner. Here’s a look at some of the most common dance-related injuries, and how to prevent and treat them:
- Foot injuries: Dance is all about complex foot movement, from bouncing to twirling to jumping. Completely rolling a foot in dance isn’t particularly common, but small fractures on the fifth metatarsal, which runs along the outside of the foot, are a very prevalent injury among dancers. This fracture can be avoided by taking extra care to always land with straight feet, and always taking enough time in between jumps during practice to avoid wearing your metatarsal too hard. If an injury does occur, ask your doctor how best to treat it. They will likely require that you stay off your feet for at least a couple weeks.
- Ankle injuries: Rolls, sprains, and Achilles tendonitis are all common injuries for dancers to experience in their ankles. Interestingly, one of the best ways to avoid ankle injuries is to strengthen other parts of your body, including your foot arch and your inner thighs. Stretching is another key to preventing Achilles tendonitis, and if you’re coming off of a break from dance, make sure to ease back into it gently.
- Knee injuries: Too much jumping and sudden, jerky changes in direction are the main culprits in causing knee injuries in dance. The most typical of these injuries is when a kneecap slides out of and then back into its socket, which can cause a lot of pain and sensitivity. It’s important to be careful when treating this type of injury, as knee surgery is an all too common setback for dancers. So if your doctors tell you that you need a break and physical therapy, make sure you do as they say.
- Hip injuries: It’s a sound solo dancers learn to dread: the click, click of one’s hip as they walk, usually caused by misplaced tendon or muscle rubbing against the hipbone. Called piriformis syndrome, this condition might not hurt at all. But as soon as it does start hurting, it’s time to head to a chiropractor or physical therapist. It’s important to catch it quickly, as this hip injury can potentially connect to your lower back and thighs.
- Back injuries: Common back injuries for dancers include spasms and strains, which luckily can usually be relieved with an ice pack and some rest. These injuries often occur when dancers excessively practice lifts, and will result in lower back pain. If the pain keeps recurring, it’s time to see a physical therapist or chiropractor.
If you have questions or concerns about an injury during your private dance lessons in Fort Worth, TX, be sure to let Arthur Murray Dance Studio know—we look forward to seeing you again!