“Our Patients Turn Out Better!”

Performing arts physical therapy is a rapidly expanding specialty incorporating risk screenings, prevention, wellness, and treatment of current injuries. Dancers are unique individuals who require specific understanding of their artistry to get them back on the stage and prevent injuries. Some clinics offer versions of performing arts medicine, but few clinicians have experience as dancers. At Hands On, clients benefit from physical therapists with extensive history in both medicine and dance.  

Physical therapists available with experience in: 

Dry needling can help with numerous conditions, including:

  • Ballet
  • Contemporary
  • Irish
  • Tap
  • Jazz
  • and many more!

Dancers have an innate way of knowing what their bodies are doing and recognizing when something “just doesn’t feel right”. Seeking treatment from physical therapists with first-hand expertise in dance allows better odds of identifying the main issue quickly and accurately to get you back onstage with the smallest risk of reinjury. We know you want to stay onstage, or, at least, get back on stage as quickly as possible. At Hands On, we follow current evidence, which shows that completely stopping dance should not be the first line treatment in most cases. 

What We Treat:

Dry needling can help with numerous conditions, including:

  • Ankle sprains
  • Back pain/SIJ dysfunction
  • Snapping hip
  • Jumper’s knee
  • Joint impingement
  • Tendinitis
  • Turf toe
  • Stress fractures
  • Overuse injuries
  • Sesamoiditis
  • Shin splints
  • Metatarsalgia

At Hands On, we do more than just treat existing injuries. Dancers do not want to miss precious time onstage, so identifying areas of potential injury and starting preventative efforts before injuries occur are vital parts of our program. Dancers receive individualized feedback and education from our experts either in-clinic or in-studio that identify and mitigate injury risk factors. If you are about to go en pointe for the first time, we offer screens to ensure that you are strong enough to perform the movements safely to prevent injuries later on. If an injury is identified during these screens or workshops, we can work with you to determine what your next steps should be.


Dry needling can help with numerous conditions, including:

Interested in learning more about our Dance Medicine Program? Click Here to Contact Us or Call (440) 255-9553 Today!

What Are Clients Saying?

“As a member of my college dance team and dancing classical ballet from a young age, I have been to multiple Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainers, but I have had the best experience at Hands On Physical Therapy by far. The therapists… made me feel understood by applying their knowledge of dance medicine and first hand experience with dance movement and vocabulary. Now, I’m confident in my ability to return to dance in the upcoming season and am excited to apply what I’ve learned to my dancing!” -Z.D.

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