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Readers Respond: Worst Dance Injuries

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Sprain/trapped nerve

I trapped a nerve, then I danced on my hand and sprained it badly but because it was numb I did not feel the force. When the numbness had gone there was extraordinary pain. I say also warm your wrists up before doing any type of dance.
—Guest beth


When I leap on my less stronger leg sometimes my Achilles heel hurts. I can feel this little bone near it sticking out. But the next day I'm fine. I have no idea what that's about. Maybe I need to stretch my legs out even better before I leap.
—Guest Lily

Twisted knee

I've had a few injuries while dancing. I've dislocated my thumb once, torn a ligament in my shoulder, I couldn't dance with my arms for 3 weeks, and I twisted my knee doing an arabesque. I was off dancing for nearly 8 weeks because every time I tried dancing again it would re-twist. It was extremely painful. It's still stuffed and I have to permanently wear a knee brace...it's so frustrating! I'm going back to dance next week but I'm going to take it really slow and hope my rehab at home has been working, otherwise I might need to get an operation...let's hope not!
—Guest V

Rib and ankle

I was doing ariel cartwheels in the middle of class one day when I didn't get enough momentum. I tried to put my hands down, spraining my wrist, then I fall anyway and cracked two ribs.
—Guest Danie

My poor knee cap

I was dancing and my knee cap just popped out. I was too scared to pop it back in so the doctor did. I'm in pain at home, no dace, so sad.
—Guest angie

Sciatic nerve

I was learning a heel stretch one time at my jazz class and had to kick up into it. There wasn't too much pain at the time but soon after I started getting pain in my buttock muscle. I think it's sciatica caused by a disk out of place but I'm not sure. With the pain I cannot go into splits, and it's really messing with my dancing. I'm trying to get my parents to take me to a chiropractor but it's expensive...for now I guess I'll be dancing through the pain.
—Guest Stephany


Two years ago I started to have pain in the sides of my big toes (mostly the right one) so I went to the doctor and she said that it was fine, just do not cut the nail really short. It got so bad that I went to a foot doctor and he tried to just pull back the skin but it hurt so bad and was swollen so bad that he had to give it surgery. It wasn't a big surgery, he just cut off some of the skin and cut off all the nail on one side of my toe. The worst part was that I couldn't dance for three weeks. This happend again on both sides of both my big toes, which was bad, but now I have no pain in any way on my toes!
—Guest Dance4ever

Poor, poor ankle..twice :(

I was at practice, dancing to to the music, when I did a wrong step and my ankle twisted. I went to the doctor and they told me it was just a slight twist and that I should be careful and rest for a while. Obviously, I didn't listen and tried even harder. Like 3 weeks later, I fell while doing a triple pirouette and sprained my right ankle. It hurt so much. I went to the doctor and they told me it was a 2nd grade sprain and went to physical treatment, gave it RICE and recover. But it was horrible.
—Guest Becks


I love dancing but have just acquired a horrible case of achilles tendonitis. What do I do?
—Guest Ava

Swollen shoulder tissue

At a competition, I realized I could not move my arm. It was excruciatingly painful. I had to dance through the pain. I immediately went to the chiropractor to find that my shoulder tissue was swollen and starting to tear. Unfortunately, I had to stop ALL arm movement for three weeks.
—Guest sarah

Knee, and foot.....twice!

Two years ago, I came out of stag leap on the wrong side of my left foot and fractured the fifth metatarsal (also called jones or dancer fracture). I wore a walking boot for about 8 weeks. The next year I did the same thing, about an inch lower on my foot, while doing a la secondes improperly (I was hopping because I was just learning.) This was about another 8 weeks in a walking boot. Last year I stepped down funny and twisted my left knee. It dislocated my patella. My doctor says I have naturally hyperextended knees so I'm prone to injuries like that. Recover was about 10 weeks with physical therapy and a patellar stabalizing brace. Hopefully this year my left leg curse won't strike again.
—Guest Brittany

Dislocated knee (patella)

My knee popped out of place while doing barre work, ligament damage. I'm so scared of it happening again. I'm so not brave! Turns out I have hyperextended ligaments.
—Guest Chloe

Dislocated kneecap / torn ligaments

I'm not a professional dancer but I was in a club doing the same spin as I have done a million times before (my dad calls me the tazmanian devil) and my right knee went, so down I went. After my friend gave me my aftershock while I was lying on the ground, the staff took it away. Best thing about it, I was only in the club 15 minutes. At this present time I'm in a full leg plaster coming upon two weeks. The pain is so bad but I cannot wait to get on the dance floor. The worst thing is my left knee is unstable as I did the same thing ten years ago. It is now getting the exercise it should have gotten back then.
—Guest Miss street freestylez

Pulled Hamstring

I had a ballet duet at a local competition. It was pretty early and the stage was really slippery. Even after warming up to the point I was dripping in sweat, when I slid into a split on my right foot, I felt something on my right upper thigh pop. I was in a TON of pain. It really felt like someone shot my in the leg. I finished my dance and had to ice it until a group number I was in later that day. I finally healed 100% a couple months after with physical therapy and rest.
—Guest Lillie

My Knee

My arms and legs are hyperextended and so apparently my knee cap pops in and out of place. Well, when I got up from the floor it popped out and I had to push it back in. I can't dance for 6 weeks. This is torture for me. Who knew being flexible could be a bad thing?

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