Professional dancing days over
- Like so many of you, I started dance young. I was on dance/pom teams from 6th grade thru high school. Danced competitively during that time also. Danced with a pro sport cheerleading team and majored in dance in college. First professional theatre production at age 14 and I dislocated my knee. Healed well and finished schooling and college with over 20 hours of dancing ( practice and performances weekly) Professional dancer after college and even performed the musical "Cats" - 10 shows a week for 4 months. No knee problems. TRhis spring, stepped wrong off a curb and fell......just told today by a surgeon that I have to give up dance. I am 26 and there isnt a surgery to help and I am too young for a knee replacement.
- —Guest Broadway baby
- Three days ago I went to ballet like I normally would. The class hadn't started yet so I was warming up. When I did a plie and stretched my knee it dislocated. It was so painful and my ballet teacher called an ambulance and they took me to the hospital. It was like a nightmare and the doctor told me it would take like a half year to heal and that was so frustrated. I go to a special dance school in my country and now I can't go there anymore and it hurts me so much. Today I'm going to a specialist and they're gonna tell me how long it will take. Wish me luck because I'm really gonna need that.
- —Guest Lisa
- I have been a dancer for almost 5 years now and every competition season I seem to get the same injuries. I have had severe patellofemoral tracking syndrome in my right knee now since 2008. I also roll over my toes and ssprain my foot at least once every competition season. It also happens a lot in summer practices.
- —Guest dancer4497
- I only have been dancing for about 2 years but I'm 15. My ankles are so weak and it hurts so bad everytime I dance but I don't want to stop because it is so much fun. I have tried so many different exercises to strengthen them but they just hurt worst. What should I do.
- —Guest Guest sammy
- This is my senior year in high school and I have danced on my school's dance team for the last four years. I have always had knee problems: patella-femoral syndrome, knee subluxation, and a variety of other aches and pains that go along with dancing. Over the course of this year my knees became increasingly worse and became so painful that I couldn't even walk. I went to get an MRI and found out that I tore my lateral meniscus. I had to have arthroscopic surgery to repair the tear-which ended up being 4 separate tears. I am still recovering and haven't danced for almost 20 weeks. It's the hardest thing I've ever had to do: especially since dance is usually my escape from my problems. I miss it so much!
- —Guest High School Dancer
- I've been dancing for 13 years I'm 15 and i have hurt my knees really badly... My doctor has said if i don't slow down or don't do my PT exercises i may not me able to walk in 2-3 years they also said i will have this injury for the rest of my life. What is wrong with them is that my knees never sit correctly into their sockets and there isn't a lot of cartilage in them ... Also this past week i hurt my hip i was doing a tilt and i felt a snap in hip and i felt a snap and i hurt my hip and it gives out on me now i think I'm going to the doctors soon i hope its not serious... Wish me luck :)
- —Guest Emma
- I was tumbling in the dance studio and I didn't notice the chairs on the other side of the room. I landed on top of them with my head in between to of them and knocked myself unconscious and haven't tumble since.
- —Guest Dancer
Worst so far
- I have been dancing for 7 years on and off and I have always had weak ankles. So I was practicing a leap and my dog tripped me and so I had to use crutches for 3 weeks and a boot for 5. I have now been released to dance but I have to wait till the summer season and I have been out a season and a half, so have to wrap it or brace it when I dance now.
- —Guest Jade
Type 3 sprain
- I was dancing when I went over my ankle and I tore my ligaments off my bone. The doctors put me in a boot and said it would be fine in 6-8 weeks on the 7th I was taken out of the boot and put into rehab and when the doctor cleared me I went back to dance. It's a nightmare every time I dance it keeps swelling up. It's been three months and two weeks since it happened and I've been out of this dance season the whole time. I'm going for an MRI tomorrow and they said if that doesn't go we'll. ill need surgery.
- —Guest Chloe
Broken (close) To Beyond Repair
- About a year ago, I started to feel some pain in my hip. I saw many doctors and therapists but nothing seemed to help. My hip continued to pop, crack and cause pain. About a month ago, I saw yet another doctor and he told me since the hip is baried in bone, it's hard to injure. He said after my hip was under such an amount of pain he began to shut itself down, causing it to not strengthen itself which then lead to my hip popping out of place. He also said he doesn't know how my hip has been walking for me, let alone dancing. I was pulled out of dance for a little over a month (worst month ever.) and if any of you know it's recital coreography time. Today was my first day back to dance and not even really behind in all my dances, but words can not explain how much flexibility I've lost. My tip to everyone, if you feel pain, stop! I was told that if I would have taken a break when I first started to feel pain, I would have never had to take an entire 6 weeks off from dance.
- —Guest Maddie
Not that bad but hurts
- I was practicing my balance on my chest stand and I asked my mom to get my legs up untill I had my balance and my mom pushed to far and I cracked my back really bad it hurt for 5 days and I had to sit out of 3 of my classes.
- —Guest Amy
- I am on the dance team at my school.One evening at a performance I went to do the round-off that was in our dance and landed short. Next thing I knew my knee had popped and started to swell. I couldn't put any weight on it .Everytime I tried to get up I would fall back down so I scouted myself of to the side until my team had finished the dance. Our team trainer came over and asked me what happened and I told him. He helped me get up and try to walk it off but I couldn't but any weight on it so he carried me off the court and looked at it.He said i needed to go to the hospital and get an Mri done.Sure enough his supsions were true I had torn my ACL and could not dance for 6 weeks.Now I have to wear a brace when I dance but I can still dance if I have no pain.
- —Guest kim pemburlin
- I've never had any dance or acro injuries. Just goes to show what difference a little caution and common sense does.
- —Guest Dancer2034
WOW that's a lot
- I have sprained both my ankles, broken my wrist and I have severe osgood schlaters in both my knees I have been dancing since I was 3, went competitive at 8 and I am now 13 Those are the only injuries I've ever gotten FROM DANCE
- —Guest Bella
Sprained ankle and dislocated knee
- One time I was at my cheer gym doing round off back tucks. I did one and somehow messed us and twisted my knee. I kept tumbling and then landed funny and dislocated my knee. It was before the biggest competition EVER. My coach hated me for it
- —Guest Katie Barr