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Hip and Knee Injuries in Dancers

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Common hip injuries in dancers include tendon problems, stress fractures, and torn acetabular labra. Problems in the knee are frequently related to patellar alignment, inflamed plicae, or torn menisci. Ligament injuries are less common in dancers but are discussed as well since their management differs from that in other athletes. Emphasis is placed on identifying technical errors and anatomical variations that may have contributed to the injuries. Recommendations for rehabilitating the injured dancer often include changes in technique in order to maximize the chances for full recovery and minimize the risk for the recurrence of the injury.
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Document Type: Review Article

Affiliations: Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle, Box 354060, Seattle, Washington 98195

Publication date: 01 March 2000

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