Physical therapists are skilled, doctorate-level medical professionals who specialize in optimizing and retraining how the body moves. When movement is performed incorrectly for multiple repetitions, the chance of injury increases. Physical therapists identify not only the improper movement patterns but also contributing factors. Through specialized one-on-one care, physical therapists will work with patients to address the impairments in order to decrease patients’ pain, improve mobility, and subsequently, improve their ability to dance. Physical therapists can also provide individualized physical screenings to evaluate the risk of injury and teach patients various methods for prevention including education and movement retraining.
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Prepared by Christine W. Yim, PT, DPT
"Christine W. Yim is a physical therapist and dancer. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Though Christine has experience in multiple dance styles including ballet and modern, her competitive career has been focused on International Standard and Latin Ballroom. She has competed both regionally and nationally. Christine is currently involved with the Performance Arts Special Interest Group within the Orthopedic section of the American Physical Therapy Association. One of her professional goals is to contribute to a standardized, preprofessional dance screen; this way, younger athletes learn how to move optimally in their chosen dance style, minimizing risk for future injuries in order to build a successful, healthy career in dance. For additional questions, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to follow @dr.yimzdpt on Instagram and Twitter for more dance-specific exercise, rehabilitation tips, and more!”
*The information provided is only meant to be informative and is NOT medical advice. Please consider seeing a physical therapist in person.*