Ask genuine questions and express yourself – just like you do with your dance.
Share insights about what drives you and develop a true collaborative relationship with your medical team. The more that they know about you, the more they can meet your unique needs.
Ask “What can I do?” while healing from a dance injury.
Most dance injuries do not require absolute removal from all activities, but rather individualized modifications. For example, a dancer with a lower leg stress injury might be able to lightly mark steps, do upper body work, and condition through Pilates or water-based activities. Another dancer with a back injury may have to limit upper body work, lifts, and arabesque position, but can still glide and do lower body foot work.
Ask about telemedicine options.
Many dance medicine providers will allow for telemedicine evaluations. These may not be ideal for an initial visit where a face-to-face interaction is more helpful, but they can be useful for follow up appointments. This may also allow the provider to watch you in a dance, studio, or moving along with the company to get a better idea of your recovery.