What is Performing Arts Medicine?
Performing Arts Medicine (PAM) focuses on the care and treatment of specific problems affecting performing artists, including musicians, dancers, singers, and actors. Although PAM may be considered a branch of occupational medicine, many performing arts practitioners do not have an occupational medicine background and represent a wide variety of medical specialties. PAM is, rather, more analogous to sports medicine as it involves treating small and large muscles and other soft tissue structures. For example, dancers often experience muscle overuse injuries that can lead to tendinitis or muscle strain in large muscles; while musicians may develop bursitis or tendinitis when smaller muscles are required for repetitive fine motor control. PAM clinicians work closely with a variety of medical specialists, such as those in physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, hand/orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and otolaryngology, to provide performing artists with comprehensive care.
Our physiotherapist Irem Eliassen studies Performing arts Medicine in UCL / London.