Musicians often do not have enough information when seeking help. Physical or psychological matters can become crucial during studies, performances or practice. I hope these posts are useful.
There is nothing more powerful in medical diagnosing than listening to and understanding your patient's story. How many times we, as doctors, discover gaps in our interviews that could hide crucial information? Time is always important. Specific knowledge is crucial. But speaking a similar language goes a long way. Have you experienced occasions when you tried to explain a problem to your doctor and you found that communication gap? Where you frustrated? Musicians are not at fault. For that matter, doctors are not at fault either! Performing Arts Medicine is a branch of medicine only explored in the recent 2-3 decades and teaches us clinicians how to tune into the particular issues that surround our musician-patients. There are a number of medical practitioners that can help musicians and they belong to a number of different specialties. Look for them! They need you as much as you need them! I am more than happy to help or recommend a colleague, just ask! In the meantime, I will start blogging some interesting issues here to help this communication and to encourage a dialogue between us all. Welcome!
As a musician, I try and understand the physiology of playing the instrument. As a clinician, I pay attention to the details of practicing, performing and injury and I work together with my patient through rehabilitation and recovery.