As a first
step, an evaluation is performed by a physician who has expertise in the treatment
of performing artists. He or she will
take into account any of these that the patient may be experiencing, including:
Performers will be examined with and without their
instruments or artistic tools. Please bring these to all physician and therapy appointments,
in addition to DVDs or videos of the artistic work in action.
Kenny Rehabilitation Institute physicians and occupational and physical therapists
are experienced in the rehabilitation of performing artists. Many therapists have specialized hand therapy
certification. Respected community artists and musicians are available for
Specialized services include:
ProForma Vision is a software program that utilizes real-time
video and EMG (electrical activity of muscles) readings of
musicians playing their instruments to help them optimize their
performance, diagnose underlying causes of injury, and design
treatment plans that will return the musicians to healthier
Simultaneous data from signals from a MIDI piano keyboard enable
analysis of force, ability to relax tension, and velocity of
movement of finger and forearm muscles.
This facilitates diagnosis and treatment of specific finger and
wrist overuse and/or weakness, as well as timing of muscle
Abnormalities of muscle activation can immediately be correlated
with a visual image of limb position and posture.
This therapy tool is particularly helpful in diagnosing and
treating musicians with overuse, tendon irritation muscle strain
and focal dystonia. It is also applicable to patients with weakness
and coordination difficulties associated with neurologic injuries
such as stroke.
Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
Jennine Speier, MD, physiatrist, director of the Musicians' Clinic.