Performing Arts Medicine
As a working artist with 30+ years of experience in ballet and contemporary dance, Dr. Alana Rogers is your performing arts medicine specialist. Dr. Rogers serves artists of all levels from amateur to professional. She has treated dancers of various styles from ballet to hip hop to Irish dance; circus artists including pole dancers and aerialists; and musicians including classical viola players, electric bass players and guitarists, percussionists, and even a Chinese zither player.
Why is it important for performing artists to see a performing arts medicine specialist?
Dr. Rogers understands the training demands of performing artists and speaks their language. She has the ability to identify specific RTS/return-to-sport (aka return-to-stage) guidelines for your individual artistic needs. Here are some examples.
- In addition to looking at your single leg squat, heel raise, and hopping mechanics, she will examine your plié, relevé, and petite allegro.
- Dr. Rogers will ask you to bring your musical instrument to your PT session to evaluate your posture and mechanics while playing.
- She will request X-rays in dance-specific positions, possibly in your pointe shoes, to understand the source of your ankle pain.
- She will request videos of you working with your apparatus if you are an aerialist.
- She will ask you to explain your training load across performances, rehearsals, classes or lessons, and non-arts work.
- She works closely with like-minded professionals in the medical and fitness fields to keep you on track with your goals. As a team, we will NEVER tell you to “quit” or “pick a new hobby.”
Dr. Rogers provides lectures and workshops on dance medicine to dancers, dance teachers, and other medical and allied health professionals. She has presented at the Dance Educators Association of Washington (DEAW) conference, Velocity Dance Center’s Strictly Seattle, Tara Academy of Irish Dance, and SeaPAM’s journal club. Recent lectures have included:
- Injury prevention, warm-up and stretching techniques
- Performance conditioning
- Top 10 conditioning exercises for dancers
- Return to jumping
- Joint health and joint centering, special focus on the hip joint
If you are interested in scheduling a lecture and/or workshop with Dr. Rogers for your school in the academic year or summer program, please contact us.
Your physical therapist should understand your passion for the outdoors. Whether you identify as an outdoor enthusiast or an outdoor athlete, Seattle Ortho Arts Physical Therapy is your home base from which to learn and overcome your injuries.
Who we treat:
- Snowboarders and skiers
- Paddle boarders
- And many more!
From beginning nature-rompers to advanced-level outdoor-ninjas, let us help you on your rehab journey.
Dr. Alana Rogers lives and breathes mountains. She is an avid hiker and understands the physical demands needed for ascending and descending mountains. She will work with you to define individual fitness and strength goals related to elevation gain, mileage, terrain, pack weight, and temperature. She loves snow and her avalanche beacon. She is a member of the Seattle Mountaineers and has Wilderness First Aid certification.
Dr. Rogers’s top 10 nature adventures:
- Sea kayaking and camping through glaciers in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska
- Snow camping and building a snow cave in 10° F weather with a -5° F wind chill at Mt. Baker, WA
- Backpacking alongside many, many mountain goats in the Enchantments in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA
- Snowshoeing out of Paradise to Mazama Ridge on Mt. Rainier on New Year’s Day
- Trekking in the jungle-filled and humid hillsides of Thailand
- Everything Glacier National Park, Montana
- Glissading down from Camp Muir on Mt. Rainier and getting the friction burn to prove it
- Kayaking with porpoises and flying rays in Costa Rica
- Hiking amongst golden larches and snow flurries in North Cascades National Park, WA
- Snowboarding through fresh powder in Sun Peaks, British Columbia
Dr. Alana Rogers has a special interest in treating lower extremity conditions because of her background as a professional dancer. The joints and structures of the lower body are under the most stress in the dancer’s body and thus, are most-commonly injured. Throughout her training and career as a dancer, Dr. Rogers has personally experienced injuries such as patellar tendonitis, hip tendinopathy, and hip impingement.
Treating these areas is a personal passion for her – but don’t worry, she also treats other areas of the body such as spine, shoulders, and arms. The body is interconnected and no part works in isolation. At Seattle Ortho Arts PT, we believe in treating the whole kinetic chain to get at the root of your concerns.
Some lower extremity conditions we treat (there are many!):
Ankle and Foot
- Ankle sprains and instability
- Ankle impingement
- Hallux valgus (aka bunions) and hallux rigidus
- Plantar fasciitis
- Turf toe
- Morton’s neuroma
- Achilles tendinopathy
- Peroneal tendinopathy
- Flexor hallucis longus (FHL) tendinopathy
- Achilles tendon ruptures
- Retrocalcaneal bursitis
Knee and Shin
- Patellar tendinopathy
- Patellofemoral pain syndrome
- Patellar subluxations and dislocations
- Meniscal tears
- Cruciate ligament (ACL or PCL) strains or tears
- Collateral ligament (MCL or LCL) strains or tears
- Osgood-Schlatter’s syndrome
- Anterior or medial tibial stress syndrome aka shin splints
- Total knee replacement (TKA)
Hip and Thigh
- Iliotibial band (aka IT band) syndrome
- Gluteal tendinopathy
- Hip labral tears
- Iliopsoas or other anterior hip tendinopathy
- Snapping hip syndrome
- Hip impingement and femoroacetabular impingement (FAI)
- Acetabular dysplasia
- Hamstring strains and tears
- Adductor/groin strains and tears
- Sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction
- Total hip replacement (THA)
General conditions which occur in all regions
- Stress fractures
- Acute fractures
- Tendon ruptures
- Tendinopathy, tendinitis, tendinosis
- Ligament sprains/tears
- Tendon or muscle strains/tears
Yoga benefits nearly every aspect of our wellbeing, from balance and strength to mental health and mindfulness. Dr. Alana Rogers regularly uses yoga poses and sequences in her rehabilitation programs with a focus on sound alignment, breath, movement quality, and stamina. She uses yoga as a tool to teach safe stretching techniques with an overarching goal of joint preservation and soft tissue health. She heavily incorporates props such as bolsters, yoga blocks, and straps to make yoga accessible for any body, no matter their flexibility level.
In her own practice of yoga, Dr. Rogers finds a better ability to be present, focus inwards, and alleviate anxiety. She has practiced Vinyasa, Bikram, Yin, and dipped her toes into Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga. She practiced pre-natal and post-natal yoga around pregnancy and believes yoga to be a wonderful complement to that journey.
Whether you are a dedicated yogi with a life-long practice, an athlete interested in cross-training, or someone just looking for a way in the door but intimidated to start, Dr. Rogers is pleased to help you on your yoga journey. She blends her knowledge of physical therapy with her experience on the yoga mat to:
- optimize your practice
- improve your understanding of each pose
- alleviate body discomfort or joint pain
- learn strategies to fit your body’s individual capacity and resources