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Performing Arts Medicine Clinic

We offer a Performing Arts Medicine Clinic for professional and student artists in the South West which provides free, confidential expert help and advice for health problems which are either caused by, or affect your ability to rehearse or perform.

Actors, singers, variety artists, directors and others in involved in the performing arts need to be at the peak of physical fitness, and like athletes they are especially vulnerable to injury and illness.

Performers may encounter a variety of health problems including disabling muscle damage and musculoskeletal problems.

We work in partnership with the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM,) a charity delivering specialist health support to performing artists.

Why choose us?

We are a specialist centre with an international reputation for research and expertise in complex rheumatology and rehabilitation. As well as treating rheumatological and musculoskeletal conditions and chronic fagigue syndrome/ME the trust provides services including pain management, neuro-rehabiliation and sports medicine.

Our doctors are experienced at assessing performing artists and can help with accurate diagnosis and advice.

What we offer

We hold a dedicated clinic once a month at the RNHRD and assessments are carried out by a GP or consultant with a special interest in performing arts medicine.

Our clinic provides assessments and referrals for investigation, treatment and therapy as appropriate. 

We can advise actors, dancers, musicians, stage crew, and other performing artists about problems including:

  • pain affecting hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, back. 'RSI', overuse injuries in musicians, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, dance injuries, muscular tension, hypermobility, musculoskeletal problems caused by poor performance technique or posture
  • voice loss or strain in singers and other professional voice users, hearing problems, tinnitus
  • stage fright, depression, anxiety, drug or alcohol misuse or addiction

How to access our service

If you feel you would benefit from this service or would like to find out more or for information on how to book an appointment please contact:

0845 602 0235  9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

 Or email