Performing Arts Clinical Program

Performing Arts Clinic

The Performing Arts Clinic at Brigham and Women's Hospital provides highly specialized evaluation and care for musicians with performance-related injuries and disorders. The Clinic treats approximately four to five new patients and two to three current patients each week - many from outside the Boston area. Most Clinic patients are instrumental musicians with symptoms of pain, numbness, tingling or incoordination of the hands, wrists, shoulders or neck.

The Clinic'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.

Support the Performing Arts Clinic

You can help support the mission of the Clinic by filling out this simple online donation form. To ensure that your gift is directed to the Clinic, please select "Other" in the Designation section and then type "Performing Arts Clinic."


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