Physiotherapy Courses

  • Nova Scotia Physiotherapy Association

Orthopaedic Physiotherapy for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Dates: Monday, April 08, 2019 - Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Course Sponsor/Host: K2: Continuing Education in Pediatric Physiotherapy
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Registration Dates: Open
Registration Fees: $450/$500 (+HST)
Registration Form: Download Form


A two-day course covering the latest evidence in the orthopaedic physiotherapy management of children with cerebral palsy (CP).  The course will focus on typical musculoskeletal development and contrast this with common musculo-skeletal issues in children with cerebral palsy (CP). These include muscle contractures, joint malalignment, and skeletal malalignment. The GMFCS, MACS, and CFCS classification systems will be reviewed.

Orthopaedic assessment techniques specifically targeting children with CP including tone, ROM, torsional evaluation, and radiographic measurements will be covered. 

Gait analysis and common gait patterns and their causes for children with CP will be discussed. We will examine the literature and explore conservative gait treatment techniques such as ankle foot orthoses, twister cables, and dynamic orthoses. 

Musculoskeletal deformities requiring surgical interventions (hip displacement, SEMLS, foot surgeries), including surgical intervention techniques will be investigated. The current evidence on the natural history of musculoskeletal changes in children with CP and the effectiveness of conservative treatment will be reviewed. "Hot topics" such as stretching, W-sitting, and standing programs will be discussed. Post-operative rehabilitation, including goals, treatment philosophies, and expected outcomes will be outlined.

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