Event Title

Occupational Therapy for Musicians

College

College of Education

Department

Department of Physical Education, Sport, and Human Performance

Honors Thesis Committee

David Schary, Ph.D.; Janet Wojcik, Ph.D.; and Tyrone Ceaser, Ph.D.

Location

Barnes Recital Hall

Start Date

20-4-2018 1:34 PM

Description

Although often overlooked, professional musicians can suffer from overuse injuries because of the repetitive positions required to play their instruments. These include, but are not limited to, focal hand dystonia, repetitive strain injury, tendonitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome. While many try to ignore the symptoms to prolong their careers, it only worsens the problem. Occupational therapists can provide treatment for musicians suffering from overuse injuries. Because occupational therapy is focused on using meaningful activities to rehabilitate patients, all treatments are centered on the goal of return to play and any other specific goals the musicians have for resuming their important activities of daily living. This presentation will discuss the specific injuries that affect different musicians (i.e., pianists and violinists/string players), as well as treatments and prevention strategies.

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Apr 20th, 1:34 PM

Occupational Therapy for Musicians

Barnes Recital Hall

Although often overlooked, professional musicians can suffer from overuse injuries because of the repetitive positions required to play their instruments. These include, but are not limited to, focal hand dystonia, repetitive strain injury, tendonitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome. While many try to ignore the symptoms to prolong their careers, it only worsens the problem. Occupational therapists can provide treatment for musicians suffering from overuse injuries. Because occupational therapy is focused on using meaningful activities to rehabilitate patients, all treatments are centered on the goal of return to play and any other specific goals the musicians have for resuming their important activities of daily living. This presentation will discuss the specific injuries that affect different musicians (i.e., pianists and violinists/string players), as well as treatments and prevention strategies.