Yes, you read that right. The theme for our 2016 Joint Rehab & Pediatrics Council Symposium which takes place at the New York-New York Casino/Hotel in Las Vegas on March 4th – 6th, 2016 is “A Tribute to the Prague School of Rehab”. And we have great speakers who are trained in the Prague School of Rehab as well as Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS). Speakers such as Drs. Craig Morris, Pamela Tunnell and Maria Perri will elaborate on the historical origins of the Prague School and DNS, clinical pearls gleaned from the research and publications of Vladimir Janda, Pavel Kolar, Karel Lewit and Frantisek Vele. Janda’s postural assessment will be discussed as well as clinical highlights from the Prague School including a neuromusculoskeletal and palpatory examination of the abdomen for the lower back pain patient, the difference between reflex vs. mechanical soft tissue techniques and the pathophysiological soft tissue barrier.
In addition, an optional Friday (3/4/16) 2 hour CEU program will focus on post (minimally invasive) surgical spine rehabilitation. Drs. Jerrold Simon. Anthony Gross and George Petruska will be examining the many therapies, both surgical and non-surgical, developed to combat back and neck pain. In particular, Dr. Gross will delineate common minimally invasive spine surgical procedures such as MISS-endoscopic (non-fusion) laminotomy, foraminotomy, discectomy and laser DTA as well as MISS-fusion procedures such as XLIF, TLIF, PLIF and Anterior Cervical Discectomy Fusion (ACDF). During the second hour, Drs. Jerrold Simon and George Petruska will discuss how to go about medically clearing the post-surgical patient for spinal rehabilitation. Common categorical drugs and their cardiovascular, pulmonary or hypertensive side effects will be enumerated. Finally, the post minimally invasive functional capacity exam for both the thoraco-lumbar as well as the cervico-dorsal surgical patient will be demonstrated with focus on how to then subsequently generate proper post-surgical rehab protocols.
On Sunday, March 6th, doctor attendees will be able to choose between a Rehab track vs. a Pediatrics track. During the first two hours of the Rehab track, Dr. William Morgan will discuss modic vertebral endplate changes as documented by MRI. This will included orientation and sequencing of the MRI images as well as defining modic changes while detailing their clinical significance. During the second two hours of the Rehab track Dr. Philip Palmer will then expound upon assessing symmetry of gait, power and dynamic stability using computer models. He will also cover gait and balance training for concussed patients using the vestibular-ocular reflex, smooth pursuit pathway and the visual vestibular system. In addition on Sunday, March 6th, the Pediatrics track will feature Dr. Michelle Stafford who will lecture on the ramifications, remedies and results of pediatric tongue tie therapies. She will define and classify oral labial and lingual frenulum and expound upon the benefits of early tongue tie therapy as well as the long-term effects of untreated tongue tie. Finally, during the last two hours of the Pediatrics track, Pediatrics Council President Dr. Elise Hewitt will discuss craniosacral therapy for infants. Instruction will include demonstration on a model of an infant as well as video footage of actual patient sessions.
As you can see, our first ever Joint Rehab and Pediatrics Symposium is shaping up to be a real winner. It’s easy to be a part of this event. Simply register online by clicking on: http://www.ccptr.org/next-annual-symposium/
See you in Las Vegas,
Jerrold J. Simon, DC, DACRB
President, ACA Rehab Council