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Performing Arts Program
Specialized Evaluation and Care for Performing Artists
The Performing Arts Clinical Program at Brigham and Women's Hospital provides highly specialized evaluation and care for musicians with performance-related injuries and disorders. The program treats patients and instrumental musicians with symptoms of pain, numbness, tingling or incoordination of the hands, wrists, shoulders or neck who requires diagnosis and treatment of these symptoms to improve the quality of life for patients who are musicians and want to continue their careers or hobbies as musicians.
The Program’s Director, Michael E. Charness, MD, a board-certified neurologist and internist who has been treating instrumental musicians for more than 25 years, provides a detailed evaluation and care plan for each patient. Diagnostic evaluations include detailed history, physical examination, observation of performance and regular and specialized electrodiagnostic testing. Treatment plans often include physical and occupational therapy and select botulinium toxin (Botox®) treatment for focal dystonia. The Clinic also collaborates closely with the Hand and Upper Extremity Service, which provides innovative surgical options.
This page was last modified on 11/1/2016