July 29, 2021
From Musician Treatment Foundation, this month’s Get Involved spotlight organization:
The Musician Treatment Foundation was founded in 2017 with the primary mission of helping uninsured and underinsured professional musicians access essential orthopedic care for their shoulders, elbows, and hands at little or no cost. Common shoulder, elbow, and hand injuries and problems that don’t prevent most of us from continuing to work can stop musicians from making music, making a living, and supporting their families. The foundation helps with surgical and nonsurgical care through its Physicians for Musicians network of skilled orthopedic surgeons to keep the music playing for us all.
Musicians bring beauty and song to the world, but the majority cannot subsist from just making music, and many live below the poverty line. When they lack health insurance or what they have is inadequate, a musician’s prospects seem dim in the face of the costs of specialized orthopedic surgery, the time away from playing for recovery, and the loss of income throughout. Without help or insurance, an injury — whether from accidental trauma or repetitive stress — can easily mark the end of a musician’s career. The Musician Treatment Foundation strives to identify musicians in need, physicians willing to provide care at no cost to the musicians, and funding to cover the related costs, such as anesthesia, devices, equipment, medicine, and surgical facilities. Professional musicians who need help with care for shoulders, elbows, or hands may contact MTF here to see if we can help.
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