April 04, 2017

Dr. Michael Vitale, Course Director, 4th Annual Non Operative Treatment of Childhood Scoliosis

The 4th Annual Non Operative Treatment of Childhood Scoliosis Conference will take place on May 18, 2017.  It is an opportunity to learn about state of the art, non-operative treatment of scoliosis across the ages. In recent years we have gained a new appreciation for, and experience with Mehta casting in children with infantile and juvenile scoliosis. Experts in the field will share theory and hands-on practical tips in Mehta or EF casting. Patients with juvenile and adolescent scoliosis also have vastly expanded palette of treatment options including Schroth physical therapy and Rigo Cheneau bracing. Experts from Columbia’s Center for the Conservative Treatment of Scoliosis and visiting lecturers will share their experience in presentations and will demonstrate best practices in workshop settings. 

The scoliosis conference will review the current state of knowledge about bracing, updated recently by the pivotal BRAIST trial. We are excited to have one of the authors of this trial, Dr. Stuart Weinstein here to speak on scoliosis and bracing. Participants will emerge with a renewed appreciation of the three-dimensional aspects of scoliosis and the full gamut of modern treatment options. Highlights will include presentations by patients and families of patients who have successfully been treated with casting, Schroth therapy and Rigo Cheneau bracing. The faculty and speakers are the most experienced in the field, bringing expertise in bracing, casting, and therapy for childhood scoliosis.

This scoliosis conference is designed for providers who are treating patients with scoliosis and would like to assess the risk versus benefits of surgical treatments and non-operative treatments. Physical Therapists as well as physicians are strongly encouraged to attend.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be better able to:
•Define the classification for EOS and AIS
•Discuss indications for serial casting of EOS and the measured outcomes
•Discuss the principles around bracing and the RSC brace
•List the indications for Schroth therapy

Course Directors
Prachi Bakarania, DPT, BSPTS, Scoliosis Therapist
Conservative Spine & Scoliosis Care
Columbia University Medical Center

Hagit Berdishevsky, PT, MSPT, DPT, MDT,
Schroth-Barcelona Institute Educator
Co-Director, Conservative Spine & Scoliosis Care
Columbia University Medical Center

Amber Sentell Mizerik, PA-C, Physician Assistant
Conservative Spine & Scoliosis Care
Columbia University Medical Center

Michael G. Vitale, MD, MPH
Ana Lucia Professor of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
Chief, Pediatric Spine & Scoliosis Surgery
Co-Director, Pediatric Orthopedics
Columbia University Medical Center

Topics to be Covered Include
Casting Revisited: Has It Really Made a Difference?
— James O. Sanders, MD

Best Practices for Bracing in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
— Stuart L. Weinstein, MD

Use of Sanders Skeletal Maturity Staging to Predict Progression of Unbraced and Braced Patients
— James O. Sanders, MD

Non Operative Management of Scoliosis: The SRS Perspective
— M. Timothy Hresko, MD

Breakout Sessions
Scoliosis Casting Demonstration
— James O. Sanders, MD & Michael G. Vitale, MD, MPH

The Benefits of In Brace Schroth Session and Common Schroth & Bracing Questions
— Prachi Bakarania, DPT, BSPTS Scoliosis Therapist
— John Tunney, BOCPO

Patient Experiences from Curvy Girls
— Moderator: Amber Sentell Mizerik, PA-C

DIERS Formetric 4D
— Marissa M. Muccio, PT

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM
AMA Credit Designation Statement: The College of Physicians and Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

6 Contact Hours
Columbia University is approved by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider of continuing education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. A certifcate of attendance for 6 contact hours of educational activity will be awarded to registrants upon completion of the seminar.

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