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Performing Arts Program

To meet the unique needs of performers, the Medical Program for Performing Artists was established in 1988 by Dr. Jerome Gilden, orthopaedic specialist in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Our program provides dancers, musicians, actors, artists and singers with quality medical treatment in an effective and timely manner. Our goal is for performers to return to performance at full function and reduce their risk for future injury.

Commonly Treated Conditions

Performing Arts
  • Neck Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Overuse injuries of the foot and ankle common to dancers
  • Overuse injuries of the upper extremities common to musicians
  • Ergonomic and postural problems common to musicians and performing artists
  • Stress fractures
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis

Patient Education

Medical Program for Performing Arts Brochure

Article: Encore! When the Healing Arts Enhance the Arts

Q&A: Performing Arts Injuries

Criteria for Pointe Work

Prevention of Foot Stress Fractures in Dancers

To make an appointment, please call 314-747-ARTS (2787)