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Centre for Dance Medicine

A weekly NHS Specialist Dance Medicine Clinic runs from the RNOH’s central London Outpatient Assessment Centre.

This is part of the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS) for which the RNOH provides the clinical hub.

Dancers can also be seen at the main hospital site in Stanmore, north London.

The clinic is run by Dr Roger Wolman MD FRCP FFSEM, consultant in rheumatology and sport and exercise medicine. He is supported by a specialist dance physiotherapist and two junior doctors. There is full support from the Physiotherapy and Orthotics Departments within the hospital.

Dr Wolman works closely with the Radiology Department and has access to X-rays and scanning with the support of expert musculoskeletal radiologists. Also, Dr Wolman has close support from orthopaedic surgeons who have expertise in the surgical treatment of dance injuries, including:

  1. Mr Nick Cullen FRCS, foot and ankle surgeon
  2. Mr Jonathan Miles FRCS, knee surgeon
  3. Mr Aresh Hashemi-Nejad FRCS, hip surgeon
  4. Mr Matt Shaw FRCS, spinal surgeon
  5. Miss Deborah Higgs FRCS, shoulder and elbow surgeon

The injured dancer will initially be assessed by Dr Wolman and/or the dance physiotherapist who will then be able to decide on the most appropriate treatment.

Find out more on YouTube about the Centre for Dance Medicine:

How to get referred to the clinic

To be seen in the clinic the dancer will require a letter of referral from their GP to Dr Wolman. Dance UK can provide additional advice regarding this. Once the referral is received by the hospital an appointment will be sent to the dancer.

If you require further information regarding the clinic, please contact:

  1. Dr Wolman’s secretary on 020 8909 5894/5585 or
  2. Dance UK on 020 7713 0730

About Dr Wolman

Dr Roger Wolman is a consultant in rheumatology and sport and exercise medicine and is the RNOH’s representative on the NIDMS Steering Committee. He has been the medical advisor to Dance UK for many years and has provided medical support for many dance companies in London. He has set up a weekly specialist dance medicine clinic on the NHS. His doctoral thesis was on osteoporosis in dancers and athletes and he now runs a specialist Bone Clinic to deal with these problems as well as other bone-related injuries. He also has a particular interest in the Joint Hypermobility Syndrome and runs a specialists clinic for patients with this disorder.

About NIDMS

The National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science is the result of a visionary partnership between Dance UK, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance, University of Wolverhampton, University of Birmingham and theRNOH. Together, these institutions employ world leading experts in dance medicine and science, research, education and treatment.

National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science press contacts:

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital
Press contact: Tony Higgins, Communications Manager
Tel: 020 8909 5349
Email: Tony.Higgins@rnoh.nhs.uk
www.rnoh.nhs.uk

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Jerwood Centre for the Prevention and Treatment of Dance Injuries
Press contact: Simon Harper, Media and PR Manager, Birmingham Royal Ballet
Tel: 0121 245 3562 or 07971 782674
Email: SimonHarper@brb.org.uk
www.brb.org.uk

Dance UK
Press contact: Caroline Miller or Nouska Hanly, tel: 020 7713 0730 or 07980 675137
Email: caroline@danceuk.org or Nouska@danceuk.org

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Press contact: Piers Frazier, Head of Marketing & Communications
Tel: 020 8469 9521
Email: p.frazier@trinitylaban.ac.uk
www.trinitylaban.ac.uk

University of Birmingham
Press contact: Kate Chapple, Press Officer External Relations
Tel 0121 414 2772 or 07789 921164
Email: k.h.chapple@bham.ac.uk
www.birmingham.ac.uk

University of Wolverhampton
Press contact: Chris Jones, Media and Communications Manager
Tel: 01902 322736
Email: V.Warren@wlv.ac.uk
www.wlv.ac.uk

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