Dancers Anonymous > Injury Support Group

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

  1. skwiggy

    skwiggy Well-Known Member

    My partner and I have been "poster children" for this thread in the last 6 months.

    First I was having knee pain. Not unbearable, but really annoying. Then I sprained my ankle. It hurt so badly that I didn't notice my knees for a month or so. Just as I was getting back to the point where I could dance, then my partner sprained his ankle. And as my ankle got better, I started to remember how much my knees were hurting. And then the pain got much, much worse.

    I have been in physical therapy since I sprained my ankle in July. A couple of months ago we switched over from working on my ankle to working on my knees. I saw some slow but steady improvements.

    About a week ago I decided to start acupuncture for my knees, as I had great success with it several years ago for sciatica. And I am SO EXCITED about the results so far. I have had 3 sessions (he says I need about 15), and I have seen at least a 50% improvement, maybe even more. Dancing is MUCH less painful, and stairs are much better too.

    I had a session this morning. I mentioned to the acupuncturist that I had a cold and he said, "I'm glad you told me. I'll treat your cold too." He put a few extra needles in my hand and forearm for that. That was less than 2 hours ago, and my cold is already much much better!

    I know it's not a cure-all, but clearly my body responds very well to it. At the moment I'm absolutely loving it. I <3 Acupuncture. :-D
  2. CANI

    CANI Active Member

    I'm glad to hear that you have found some relief, skwiggy! A question, if it is not too personal -- is there any advice you might consider passing along to the rest of us in order to prevent some of the injuries that you've experienced? I know in some cases, they just happen, but in others there is something that you can say, if I could rewind time, I'd do xyz differently...
  3. skwiggy

    skwiggy Well-Known Member

    I'm sorry to say I don't think I have any profound wisdom to impart here. The best thing I know to do to prevent injury is to warm up and stretch well before activity, and stretch well after. Also to be conscious of proper form in any activity, dancing or otherwise.

    Unfortunately, attention to those things doesn't seem to have kept me from getting injured a lot. But I do really believe that it has kept me from getting injured even more.

    Oh yea, there is one thing that will probably prevent injury pretty effectively. Don't get old. :rolleyes:
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  4. CANI

    CANI Active Member

    That's ok -- thanks for sharing!!
  5. flashdance

    flashdance Active Member

    last night I banged my head on the fireplace, then started bleeding :( I asked my mum if she could see my brain but she said "what brain" :lol:

    Gah! Anyway, was only a little cut but it's amazing how much came out... still a little sore this morning :( I can still remember everything so it seems I have survived :cool:
  6. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member sorry...head wounds are notorious bad for bleeding have alot going on right now and that tends to make a person accident prone
  7. CS6

    CS6 New Member

    I severely injured my foot in July of last year. Since then i have had surgery on my ehl tendon twice and three million misdiagnoses. It turns out the injury was quite significant with multiple breaks, damaged tendons, ligaments and joints and lots of nerve problems. It's been 7 months now and I am still waiting to dance again. Just after some advice for perseverance...? It's been a long and frustrating process
  8. 3wishes

    3wishes Well-Known Member

    It takes time. Really it does. Seek, possibly, sport therapist rehabilitation. I started back after a little more than a year, in bare feet with k2tape and guidance from therapist. We would walk through basics. One lesson a week. And moved into, flats, etc. the frustration of waiting for the healing can be miserable and slow and I hope I never ever go through that again. Good luck and I hope you receive the healing your looking for.
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  9. RiseNFall

    RiseNFall Well-Known Member

    3wishes gives excellent advice. I have not an injury anywhere near as severe as yours, but I am constantly battling issues with my feet, one in particular. Determination, perseverance, and patience are all necessary. After the primary healing phase is over, balancing strengthening, stretching, resting, etc. is difficult and frustrating, but also rewarding.

    Best wishes in your healing.
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  10. FancyFeet

    FancyFeet Well-Known Member

    Push yourself, but pace yourself, if that makes any sense.

    Put in the healing time, then do your physio and rehab diligently. Physio that has worked with dancers/gymnasts - or at least athletes - is best... you're trying to get more strength/flexibility/range of motion back than the average person uses.

    Work hard, but know it's also important to work smart.

    When you do get to start back, be prepared to make concessions (shoes, steps/dances to avoid for a while, etc.). It won't be back overnight - but it will get better. Also be aware that it may never be the same as it was, but you'll find ways of dealing with that and working around it - or you may even find it brings to light weaknesses in other areas that, once addressed, make you a stronger dancer overall.
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  11. chomsky

    chomsky Well-Known Member

    humans are afraid of injuries and bad health in general, let alone dancers who are like athletes. The body usually is weak....
  12. Mr 4 styles

    Mr 4 styles Well-Known Member

    Dancers are athletes

    And my body ain't weak!!!!
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  13. 3wishes

    3wishes Well-Known Member

    Tai chi also helps enormously for many who have had these types of injuries.
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  14. MaggieMoves

    MaggieMoves Well-Known Member

    Other than seeing a specialist? I'd focus on someone that has both orthopedic and podiatry backgrounds. They probably will be able to help you the most.

    After that? Physical therapy - there is no better shortcut than that.

    Foot injuries stink. I had a bad sprained toe that took me out for 2.5 months.
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  15. cornutt

    cornutt Well-Known Member

    Yeah, foot injuries take forever to heal. Some years ago, I had plantar fasciitis, and it took a year before it was completely healed.
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  16. chomsky

    chomsky Well-Known Member

    Sorry I was being philosophical. We have a saying, a proverb that goes back to ancient greek and the new testament.

    τὸ μὲν πνεῦμα πρόθυμον, ἡ δὲ σὰρξ ἀσθενής

    the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak

    That's what I meant, in Plato the difference is between the real world and the dream world...
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  17. Mr 4 styles

    Mr 4 styles Well-Known Member

    I've heard that one. When the body is weak the mind must be strong
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  18. chomsky

    chomsky Well-Known Member

    ankle sprains are my speciality...
  19. Purr

    Purr Well-Known Member

    So, a spot on the outside of my right foot has been hurt for a few weeks now. I think when I stumbled I rolled the foot and caused the injury. There was some swelling.

    So Sunday evening I deeply massage the spot, and I'm not going to lie, it hurt. I also massaged it Monday morning. Monday at lunch I walk to the bank, and it hurt walking down there. I stand at the teller counter for awhile going through transactions. When I leave the bank, my foot stops hurting - just like that. I didn't feel pain walking back to work. My foot continued to improve yesterday evening and this morning. I massaged it again Monday evening, and lightly this morning. It's still tender, but much better, and the swelling has went down.

    I have no idea why my foot would improve so rapidly. Maybe one of the bones in my foot was out of alignment, causing inflammation, and the massage/walking knocked it back into place. I had been contemplating going to the doctor, but not now.
  20. cornutt

    cornutt Well-Known Member

    Something has happened to my right foot. On an airplane flight last Thursday, it started to hurt a bit. I didn't think anything about it at the time, but Friday it was worse. Managed to dance on Friday night, but Saturday it was hurting even worse, and since Sunday it's become nearly unbearable. I can barely walk. Hydrocodone and various NSAIDs have not helped much. The one thing that makes it better is rest, but

    The pain comes around the ball of my foot and then goes across the top of the foot. DW thinks it might be gout, but I've had gout before (effect of breathing in a lot of drywall dust), and this isn't it. When I had gout, the pain was in my big toe and the joint, and it hurt mainly when the toe bent a certain way. This is behind the toes, it hurts all the time, and I can barely move my toes at all. It's all very swollen, but ice isn't helping much.

    I've got a podiatrist appointment, but it isn't until next Tuesday. I don't think I'm going to be dancing this Friday.

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