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My dd unfortunately had a fall and has broken her arm.The doctors have not gone as far as saying she needs an operation

so said in three weeks they hopefully will take the cast off and test the arm.

She is worried this will affect her dancing so questions

 

Will this badly affect her dancing? How long does it take to get back to normal? or anything else that may help

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Be reassured, as a teacher I have had a regular stream of pupils with broken arms over the years.  It has never had any lasting effect on their progress, and in most cases the pupils were given permission to dance while wearing a plaster - even to the extent of doing JA auditions and taking part in shows.  It's the other pupils who are more in danger from being whacked!

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My daughter broke her wrist 5 weeks before her RAD grade 5 exam and we had the same panic. She was able to dance in the cast however as they are often much lighter nowadays. The cast was off in 4 weeks and she took her exam the following week still scoring in the 90's. We were told that breaks are common in children just from simple falls and so on as their bones are still very soft when growing. However, unlike adult breaks, the bones knit extremely quickly and usually with no lasting problems. Hope this reassures you.

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She has tap and modern exams in a couple of weeks so postponed as that is the weekend the cast may come off but national the week after

so there may be hope for her yet.

It is good to hear no long damage as i think she is worried and we have a show in July and she just got place for the enb summer school

so is worrying her arm won't be strong enough.

Thank you spannerandpony for moving it.

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Will it affect her arm if she dances? she has 2 breaks, one bone is clean and the other out of line does this change anything?

also the cast is up to the middle of her bicep as the break was nearer the elbow then the wrist, does this make a difference?

 

thankyou for all your answers :) <3

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DD's friend broke her arm a few years ago and needed an extra couple of weeks after the initial 3 week cast but she was able to still attend ballet and dance and it did not effect her dancng afterwards at all.  Her cast came off 2 weeks before she had a week of performances at a local theatre and the organisers were never worried about her taking part and she had a main role.

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Not the same limb (arguably worse) but DS broke 2 metatarsals the christmas before last, was in a cast then boot and unable to even go on demi pointe for at least 10 weeks, went on to get an A in his ballet exam at the end of March (the only boy in his year who did, so it's not just that they give out 'A's like smarties!). I would think as long as the break hasn't affected the elbow joint it should heal and be fine....but very important to take advice from the specialist about how/when to start using it once the cast is off to make sure she doesn't do anything which affects the continued healing....

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Ballemum - I don't think anyone here can answer that for you (about whether it's OK for her to dance with the break she has) - you need to ask your own doctor or physio.

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Hello.When I was 13 I was hit by a car. Thrown over the bonnet and practically landed on my head.! I suffered a fractured skull, broken wrist and elbow, and my right leg was completely black with bruising where the impact of the car had hit it. The head injury, obviously,was by far the most serious. Spent 4 days in hospital on an adult ward,as I had to be kept quiet and not have too much fuss or attention to allow the head injury to begin healing. Once discharged, nobody told my mum that while recuperating at home, I still had to be kept quiet, with minimal attention. All the friends from school piled in to see me, plus friends from our street.They all stayed in our house a few hours. I woke up the following morning,and the whole left side of my face was as if I was paralysed. My lips were twisted , so that the left side was in a pushed up position. I couldn`t speak properly, and for about three days afterwards, I literally forgot how to walk. They needed me to walk on the bruised leg,horrendously painful though it was, to help it heal quicker. Well I literally forgot how to put one foot in front of the other, and didn`t know how to move. All of this , with my face , and my not being able to walk, was as a result of the fractured skull. Once this was explained to us, and friends and all excitement were banished from the house, I finally started to heal properly. I`m telling you all this because less than 6 months later I passed my RAD Pre-Elementary exam with Honours, and you wouldn`t have known there had ever been anything wrong with me. Children and teenagers are incredibly resilient; both in mind and body.!!

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Obviously every injury is different. However I asked the consultant if she was okay to dance with the cast on. I was told that if it was gentle, as a lot of ballet is then there was no problem. There was more likelihood of her getting it knocked whilst wandering round at school! My daughter was told to make sure she used her hand to keep it limber and the muscles strong. She did lots of barrre work to keep in shape for her exam and sat out for things like jumps. Check with her doctor and then ask her dance teacher if she can do what she can in lessons even if it is watching the class and plies. What seemed a disaster at first ended up nowhere near as problematic as I anticipated. Children are resilient and bounce back quickly. It's us adults who stress more I suspect!!! Hopefully in several weeks time you will wonder why you worried so much.

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DD3 broke her elbow last year and was in a cast that went from her hand to her shoulder... She never stopped dancing!

Of course, some exercises were impossible to do at the barre with her arm at 90 degrees but she managed in the whole. She even did a SS in her cast were the contemporary dance for the end presentation was choreographed for her: everybody was dancing with their arm at 90 degrees! It was wonderful and so sweet of the teacher...

 

Needless to say, her arm went back to normal after...

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Hi there

My daughter broke her arm in a fall in the snow when she was in year 4 - she was allowed to dance both at her local dance school and her associate class whilst in plaster, obviously selecting what she could safely do (for herself and others in the class!) She was in plaster for 6 weeks, once the plaster was removed a consultant told us that it could be weight bearing in another 6 weeks. We waited patiently for this period to pass and then, the first time she put weight on it it broke again!!! We were devastated! Having healed beautifully straight the first time I was paranoid that this time the mend would be less than perfect and that it would affect her chances of gaining a place at vocational school. Also whilst in plaster the second time, she was due to audition for JAs so the surgeon allowed  her to have a removable cast for the final two weeks. She even took part in a dance festival with her removable cast! She got her JA place and is now at vocational school so thankfully even the second immediate break didn't have a long lasting impact. But please exercise caution before attempting weight bearing exercises again - I wouldn't wish that awful. heart wrenching moment on anyone! x

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Hi balletmum,

 

I guess every break is different but my daughter broke (actually she smashed!) her elbow to pieces and also broke it further down her arm by falling down the stairs at school almost 3 years ago this month. She had to have a metal plate fitted to put her elbow back together and was in plaster for several weeks. She was in her first year at vocational school and the consultant was unsure if she would get full movement back once it was out of plaster.

Unfortunately she also had a very bad infection following the op and was on antibiotics for months BUT following a 2nd op to remove the metal plate she did get full movement back after lots and lots of physio at school.

She found Pas de deux difficult to start with because the strength in that arm took a long time to build back up again. You just have to be really patient (she was so frustrated!) and let it heal in its own time but my DD was back to full training within 6 or 7 months.

 

I hope your poor DD heals fast and is ok x 

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HI all,

       Update she has now had cast reduced to below elbow so is slowly getting back to dance.

Show in July so rehearsals start soon. Exams have been postponed to next term.

She has just had email from enb youth co. saying they have a taster day while her heart is more in ballet

she would like to try the taster day. On the form it asks for any injuries.Does anyone know if the broken arm

affects her getting a place onthe taster day or even the chances of getting in the company itself.

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