If you watched the Super Bowl the other evening, you were treated to an epic comeback by the Patriots. Something like that will probably never happen again in our lifetime. If you watched the halftime show, you were treated to an epic performance by Lady Gaga. Again, perhaps a once in a lifetime event. With such a great performance by Lady Gaga, you may have felt the urge to move about a bit, do a little dancing. But, unfortunately, you twisted your back while busting a move and needed to schedule an appointment with your New Orleans chiropractor. We feel your pain.

With over 600 muscles, 206 bones and countless tendons, ligaments and nerves throughout your body, it is almost impossible for anybody who dances to escape injury. Whether you get your groove on listening to Lady Gaga or bang your head to Metallica, you risk injury. That is, one minute you’re bobbing your head up and down to Master of Puppets and the next minute you’re on the ground writhing in pain.

There are many types of injuries that can occur when you dance, some are more common than others. Here are a few of the most prevalent injuries.

Ankle Sprains

Few people can cut the rug without ever spraining an ankle. Ankle sprains are the most common type of injury to occur when dancing. What is less known is that it tends to happen more than once. Fatigue is often the reason a sprain happens, so when you get tired, by all means, take a break.

An ankle sprain will produce swelling and, in fact, may look pretty horrific. Once you have confirmed you suffered a sprain, ice down that ankle, elevate it and get some rest.

Knee Injuries

Your knees are vulnerable to injuries while you try to get your freak on and can range from mild to severe. Researchers believe knee problems might occur in dancers with limited hip rotation. Deep squats or sudden grande plies can also hurt your knees.

Neck Strain

The dude who is headbanging to Metallica, he might wake up with a sore neck in the morning. Extensive head movement can strain the muscles in a dancer’s neck. To help prevent this, lengthen the neck rather than collapsing it and stop listening to headbanging music, or at least stop banging your head to it.

Lower Back Strain

Arching, lifting and improper dance techniques can and will strain your lower back. One way to avoid such an injury is to ease up on how hard you sway those hips.

Hip Injuries

Not everybody has the same degree of rotation in their hips, and those with limited rotation are at risk for a hip injury. The best advice to avoid this type of injury is to be aware of your limitations and don’t push too hard. If a certain dance move hurts your hips, find a different move.

Dislocation

There are dance moves so crazy that you put yourself at risk of a dislocation. If this does happen, don’t have your buddy attempt to fix it, seek medical help right away.

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