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Columbia Orthopedics Hosts 4th Annual Non Operative Treatment of Childhood Scoliosis

May 19, 2017

On May 18, Columbia Orthopedics Chief of Pediatric Spine and Scoliosis Surgery Michael Vitale MD, MPH was a co-director of the 4th Annual Non Operative Treatment of Childhood Scoliosis Conference hosted at Columbia University Medical Center. The course covered the state of the art, non-operative treatment of scoliosis across the ages, including Mehta casting in children with infantile and juvenile scoliosis, Schroth physical therapy, and Rigo Cheneau bracing. Experts in the field shared theories and hands-on practical tips in Mehta or EF casting. Experts from Columbia’s Center for the Conservative Treatment of Scoliosis and visiting lecturers shared their experience in presentations and demonstrated best practices in workshop settings.

The course reviewed the current state of knowledge about bracing, updated recently by the pivotal BRAIST trial. Dr. Stuart Weinstein, one of the authors of this trial, was one of the speakers at this CME. Additional highlights included presentations by patients and families of patients who have successfully been treated with casting, Schroth therapy, and Rigo Cheneau bracing.

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