Dancers Anonymous > Injury Support Group

Discussion in 'Dancers Anonymous' started by mamboqueen, Sep 20, 2006.

  1. dancingchickie

    dancingchickie New Member


    this is going to sound weird, but im new to this, how do i post a post :D

    where do i go to do it?
  2. Stillharbor

    Stillharbor New Member

    Before my first comp I was having a ache in the ball of my right foot. I just thought that it was aching from all the extra lessons I was having to get ready for my first comp. By the end of the comp I was limping around in heels. Afterward, anymore than 15-20 minutes in heels left me with the worst pain ever. A friend mentioned the sesamoid bone. When I looked it up online with my symptoms it fit perfect. I had a sesamoid stress fracture in the ball of my foot. Apparently, my new level of activity combined with my weight had caused it. So, I got a good pair of tennis shoes with gel insoles and wore them everywhere. Now my foot's okay.

    NOW, I'm having pain in the top up my shin, below my knee. What's really weird is that the only time it hurts is when I push up from a chair, stepping up the stairs, or pushing up from out of the car. Painkillers don't help and resting it doesn't seem to work either. Guess the next step is the doctor.... Yuck! :confused:
  3. cornutt

    cornutt Well-Known Member

    Silver, American.
  4. cornutt

    cornutt Well-Known Member

    Hmm. That kind of sounds like shin splints, although I think that is usually lower. I used to get shin splints from running. I fixed that by not running anymore. :p
  5. cornutt

    cornutt Well-Known Member

    I think you just did. Welcome.
  6. cornutt

    cornutt Well-Known Member

    Yes, but they don't seem to help much.

    After a lot of experimenting over the past few weeks, I've figured out that it's definitely shoes, two pairs in particular. They have edges that repeatedly press up underneath that bone. I haven't figured out why this is just now starting to happen; I've had those shoes for a while. But I'll stop wearing them. Actually, I haven't had any shoes on at all this weekend (I've worn sandals whenever I needed something on my feet), and right now the ankle feels pretty good.
  7. QPO

    QPO New Member

    Welcome.. I think cornut replied, you just did, not hard hey? Dont forget to participate further :p

  8. elisedance

    elisedance New Member

    welcome to DF DC!!
    (sometimes we abreviate for ease of typing)

    What kind of dancing do you do? And I hope there is no reason for your first post in this 'injury support' thread. There are happier places :)
  9. J.Risa

    J.Risa New Member


    I have a question:

    How did y'all here get your injuries? I mean, were they self-inflicted (and I don't mean in a bad way) or did your instructors maybe try to help you into some position but ended up injuring you?

    I got injured 4 years back when my teacher tried to force me into a position. The physiotherapist diagnosed it as nerve damage (she said it was possibly a pinched nerve) and we did strengthening exercises, ultrasound therapy, heat therapy, electric shock therapy and traction. I also saw a rheumatoid arthritis specialist who agreed it was nerve damage and administered loosening shots to help relax my tense muscles.

    This year however, my friend recommended a chiropractor seeing as along the way I had dropped all the physio treatment because they didn't seem effective. The chiropractor told me my sacroiliac joint has been displaced all these years, probably when my teacher stepped on me while she asked my senior to hold me down. Imagine my horror.

    My sacroiliac joint now easily dislocates as a result of the prolonged period of displacement, which has affected my back and resulted in knee injuries from overcompensation, which in turn has led to a weakened ankle. Basically I'm sort of crippled in the left side of my body when it comes to anything. It's quite depressing because it has majorly affected my dancing, not to mention I used to be into contact sports.

    Can anyone recommend strengthening exercises or a specialist I should consult? I've been told to go to an orthopedic surgeon but I'm not so sure if that's what I really need. (And no, despite sorely wanting to, I can't afford to take that teacher to court for compensation, which is just killing me.) :|
  10. samina

    samina Well-Known Member

    that sounds like a question for a medical practitioner of some sort, JR...especially one who is familiar with working with athletes and dancers.

    wishing you a speedy recovery!
  11. Chiron

    Chiron New Member

    All my injuries have always been self inflicted. It would make me really worry about a coach or teacher if they hurt me. I've done a few riskier things (certain stretches, plyometrics, and overtraining) in past training but I knew all the risks involved before I did them and knew to stop immediately if things started going slightly wrong.

    See if you can find a good sports doctor. I've also had some family members that were able to deal witha pinched nerve with just physical thearapy. Hope you heal soon.
  12. etp777

    etp777 Active Member

    I definitely suggest a good sports docdtor, preferealby one who doesn't specialize in a specific sport (though if they do, stick with someone who knows dance or gymnastics). ONly injury that wasn't my fault was a concusssion from someone spearing me, helmet to helmet, in football. I take no responsibility for that. Even then, still playeed half the time the next game. Not that I suggest that, as taking hits with a mild/medium concussion is not smart. ;) LUckly, not much of a concern when dancing.
  13. cornutt

    cornutt Well-Known Member

    :shock: What on earth was this instructor trying to do? :confused: I've never heard of such a thing.

    I've had twinges here and there, mostly due to having developed a bad habit of some sort. Tweaked a knee once when I stepped on something that had spilled on the floor. Had an ankle deal a couple of months ago, which I finally realized was due to a tendon being irritated by an ill-fitting pair of shoes. A weird one: About two years ago I was having a lot of gout problems. The usual explanation you hear for this is it's diet-related, but I tried all kinds of diet changes, to no effect. I finally found the cause myself: my DW and I were building a house at the time, and I was inhaling a lot of calcium from sanding drywall compound and plaster. Once I made it a point to wear a mask whenever I did that, the gout went away.
  14. J.Risa

    J.Risa New Member

  15. wooh

    wooh Well-Known Member

    Ugh, a few days of bad back hygiene (not stretching, sitting in bad positions, LONG nap in a chair after a night shift, lots of driving, and did I mention not being a good girl and doing my stretches?) and my back is spasming like CRAZY. Actually having trouble standing up tonight. Like people on tv when they stand up and can't stand up. Then I collapse back into the chair until I rotate it into a spot where it's not spasming. Must get on the floor and do my stretches. Back stretches are important to girls with herniated disks! MUST do my stretches!
  16. Hank

    Hank Member

    The medical treatment that has helped my dance injuries the most is called “prolotherapy.” It is a series of injections done by a medical doctor, the intent of which is to cause inflammation in the injured area. So, it is basically the opposite of a cortisone shot or anti-inflammatory medication.

    The theory is that inflammation initiates the healing cascade, which causes new tissue to be created. You can find out more about it using Google. It isn’t a mainstream medical treatment, and most insurance probably won’t cover it. The injections and their aftermath can be quite painful, but I've had them done many times and have found them to be dramatically helpful in treating various tendonitis and repetitive strain injuries.
  17. skwiggy

    skwiggy Well-Known Member

    Sprained my ankle last night. Rolled it in Quickstep. Now it's swollen to the size of 3 ankles and I have to rest it for 2 - 6 weeks. So frustrating.
  18. Peaches

    Peaches Well-Known Member

    Ahhh, pin firing.
  19. ireniecat

    ireniecat New Member

    Yuck! Rest up and hope it's only for 2 weeks, not 6 :)
  20. skwiggy

    skwiggy Well-Known Member

    That's my hope. But the doctor stressed that while the length of time depends on how it feels, starting back too early can aggravate it, reinjure it, and potentially double my overall recovery time. I start physical therapy on Monday, and in the mean time I'm sporting a very attractive support boot.

    I'm glad it's not broken though. With how painful it was, I wasn't sure.

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