Doctors specializing in musician injuries
Greetings, someone wrote to me, looking for a doctor who specializes in musician injuries, does anyone know of any resources to find such a doctor? Her particular problem is tendonitis in the left pinkie, and she is in California. But I'd love to have a list of performance injury doctors all over the U.S. and beyond...
Thanks for any help with this!
P.S. I did find this: Referral Directory for the Performing Arts Medical Association, but I couldn't actually find a way to see or search the directory....?
At the recommendation of Susanna Klein, Professor of Violin at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond (and active v.com member), my daughter (a cellist) got some physical therapy a couple of years ago from Brenda Jackson, a physical therapist at VCU Health. The diagnosis and treatment were successful. Patients can call 804-628-0183 for appointments. Everything was done by telemedicine. We did not have to travel to Richmond at all. Note that our insurance -- and as public college professors we have excellent health insurance -- did not pay for these visits, of which there were two or three, so it was moderately expensive but still worth it.
In Chicago, Shirley Ryan (formerly Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) has a Performing Arts Clinic:
In California there is
My dear friend and musical collaborator, Dr. Lewis Eastlick, is an accomplished pianist and a great hand surgeon in South Florida.
I did not think this existed until recently.
BAPAM in the UK.
Some years ago, after a few classes my former teacher (unfortunately he passed) suggested that I should check with a physiotherapist he did know of, specialized on high performance athletes and musicians as well (!!!). I think these specialists are becoming more common nowadays. His secretary asked me to bring along the violin for the examination of my movements. I was happy to come out with no concerns but he also gave me a series of body exercises to do.
@A C - you did not put the location of the person you are recommending. Apparently, he is in Vancouver, BC.
Not a doctor but I've heard Howard Nelson (married to Pamela Frank) has basically made it possible for her to play again and he comes highly recommended for these sorts of issues by members of the St. Lawrence String Quartet.
@Katie - where does Nelson practice?
Howard Nelson visited my kids' precollege program a couple of times, with Pamela Frank as well. Very helpful! I'm pretty sure he practices in NYC, but he does guest lectures all over the country.
The "Fit as a Fiddle" website suggests NYC but I've heard from a friend that they are more recently based in California (I think SoCal). Laurie would probable know.
Dr Robert E Markison in San Francisco, CA specializes in hands. He has treated numerous musicians and is a musician himself.
I believe PAMA requires a (free?) login.
Arts Medicine Minnesota (Minneapolis) is another possible addition to your list. Johnathan Reynolds is the owner/practitioner, the first to come up with the idea that my bilateral lateral epicondylitis was just the tip of the iceberg in a sea of musculoskeletal dysfunction.