Performing artists are particularly vulnerable to ailments and injuries due to the unique physical demands of their profession. Often, symptoms that appear to be relatively mild can be disabling and even end a career. The Center for the Performing Artist brings together a team of specialists from all disciplines whose goal is to offer an integrated and seamless healthcare experience to performing artists, keeping them off the examination table and on the stage. Care begins with an in-depth evaluation, including a detailed medical history and performance requirements, and continues with a full range of treatment options, including rehabilitation for the particular disorder or condition and referrals to relevant specialists as required.
Our physicians are expert in the treatment of disorders that affect performing artists, including:
- Ear, nose and throat disorders, including sinus disease, hearing loss, throat infections, dizziness, changes in taste and/or smell, swallowing problems, sleep disorders, nasal breathing problems, and trauma to the head and neck
- Musculoskeletal injuries, which affect performing artists in particular due to repetitive stresses and strains on the boned, joints and soft tissues
- Neurological conditions / movement disorders that can involve the voice, the head, the limbs, or any part of the body.
- Pulmonary conditions, including Asthma, chronic cough, and shortness of breath
- Mental health concerns receive comprehensive treatment, including individual and group therapy and medication management.
- Voice disorders that range from polyps in the larynx to a paralyzed vocal chord. Common symptoms of laryngeal disorders include hoarseness or breathiness, voice breaks, limitations in pitch range, volume or projection, deterioration of the voice with prolonged use, and chronic throat clearing or coughing.