Treating A Dancer With Posterior ‘Impingement’ Pain

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Lisa M. Schoene, DPM, ATC

   The typical technique is a bimonthly injection into the damaged tissues. One would complement this with other modalities and treatments as I discussed above. The bimonthly injection of Traumeel creates stability while still allowing mobility of the tendon, which is paramount to proper regeneration. These injections encourage the continual recruitment of fibroblasts to allow the tissues to go through more controlled inflammatory, proliferative and remodeling stages. Although these patients should ideally emphasize relative rest for the duration of the treatment protocol, this would be difficult for a professional dancer. This regimen affords the best outcomes with little to no downtime for the dancer's schedule with only minor compromises and alterations.

   Dr. Schoene is a triple board certified sports medicine podiatrist and a certified athletic trainer. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine and the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

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