New Course Structure Announced by the BSPTS: BASIC course - 3 days. Available online (go to www.bspts.net) beginning January 2020 (in person courses TBD). Previously had been incorporated into C1. LEVEL 1 (L1) - Previously C1 at 9 days, now L1 at 6 days LEVEL 2 (L2) - Previously C2 at 6 days, now L2 at 6 days. To be available in 2021. Original format C2 to continue through 2021. LEVEL 3 (L3) - New course! Information coming soon.
Barcelona Scoliosis Physiotherapy School (BSPTS) Schroth-Barcelona Institute (SBI)
WHAT'S NEW? The 9 day C1 course has been replaced with the BASIC course at 3 days plus LEVEL 1 course at 6 days. Coming in 2021 LEVEL 2 course (previously C2) at 6 days. Original format C2 will continue to be offered for the next 3 years (through 2022), in order for individuals who started under the last certification to finish it. LEVEL 3 new course information coming soon. C1 Refresher Course - 2 days
**Call 715-295-9820 for Registration and Payment Information
The C1 Refresher Course is open to Physical Therapists who have successfully completed C1 within the last 3 years. We will also accept PT's who have completed C2, if the PT feels they need to refresh some of their skills.
COURSE OVERVIEW 1. Introduction: Review of the Pathomechanism of Idiopathic Scoliosis, signs and symptoms, structural changes, postural changes, muscular imbalance. 2. General description of scoliosis including the following:Cobb angle (upper and lower end vertebrae and apex), Axial rotation, Harmonic shape of curve, Definition of the transition point, Definition of the Central Sacral Line (CSL), Spinal imbalance according to the CSL, Risser sign and Sanders hand stag 3. BSPTS Curve Classification 4. BSPTS Revised General Principles and the Schroth Specific Principles of Correction 5.Considerations regarding the treatment of non-painful adults 6. Various starting positions for beginning exercises: Semi-hanging, supine, prone, side-lying, sitting and standing positions, Core strengthening, Practice sessions 7. Treatment consideration for proximal thoracic curves and lumbosacral curves 8. Therapists' practice and training of patients
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L1 Basic Certification (Previously C1)
April 1-6, 2020 Texas Children's Hospital Houston, TX April 27 - May 2, 2020 Stevens Point, WI Location September 14 -19, 2020 Stevens Point, WI Location November 2 - 7, 2020 San Jose, CA Location
Join us for a L1 Training and Certification course for conservative treatment of spinal deformities. The course materials are those developed by Dr. Manuel Rigo of the BSPTS and SBI and encompass all of the elements of the European training in scoliosis rehabilitation as developed by Katharina Schroth and her daughter, Christa Lehnert-Schroth. This course is now known as the “Basic Certification Course” or “L1”.
PREREQUISITE BASIC course with a passing exam to proceed to Level 1 trainig. The BASIC course is available online or in person.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND Level 1 training course is only open only to physical therapists.
Understand history of Schroth method and relationship to BSPTS
Understand multidisciplinary approach to conservative management of scoliosis
Perform an individualized scoliosis patient clinical evaluation
Understand radiological variables in scoliosis assessment and classification
Identify scoliosis patient appropriate for conservative management
Develop specific treatment plans and goals
Treat patients with basic 3D principles of correction according to BSPTS
Treat in 5 basic starting positions (supine, prone, side-lying, sitting and standing)
Teach joint protection and proper ADL principles for patients with scoliosis
DESCRIPTION Course curriculum includes Schroth principles of 3-D exercises for sensory-motor and kinesthetic development. Goals of treatment are to facilitate corrections of the altered posture and teach the patient to maintain corrections in daily living in order to minimize progression of spinal deformity.
Six day L1 course provides in-depth explanation of anatomy, etiology, clinical examination, and treatment of scoliosis. Participants will learn to recognize, evaluate, and treat different scoliosis curve patterns. Other concepts covered include bracing, radiological positioning (Cobb angle axial rotation, central sacral line, transitional point, Risser) and Sagittal configuration.
Schroth principles of correction: pelvic corrections, correction of the postural collapse (auto-elongation), correction of the front component (deflection), correction of the rotation component (de-rotation), rotational breathing, facilitation and stabilization.
BSPTS principles: Auto-elongation and postural deflection and de-rotation from a 3D postural corrected and stable pelvis (detorsion); increase of the de-rotational component through tensional pair-of-forces – Asymmetrical Sagittal Straightening; Increase of the deflection component throughout frontal posture over-correction and or tensional force-counter-force; reshape the trunk throughout control of the internal volumes and breathing mechanics.
Course format includes lectures, labs for evaluation and exercise, and live patient demonstration. On the final day participants will take an exam. The L1 trained physical therapist must take the L2 training course within 1-3 years. NOTE: If you have already taken C1, C2 will continue to be offered for the next 3 years (through 2022), in order for individuals who started under the last certification to finish it. Registration and payment are due 5 weeks prior to the course start date of each course. Courses fill up quickly so it is encouraged to register early.
2020 Courses January 17 - 22, 2020 Texas Children's Hospital (Course Closed) March 4 - 9, 2020 San Jose, CA(Course is Full) June 8 - 13, 2020 Zwolle, Netherlands (contact Scoliosis Care Clinic) July 14 - 19, 2020 Stevens Point, WI
C2-Advanced Certification course is open only to Physical Therapists who have been certified in the Basic BSPTS Methodology (C1). Participant must be certified at the C1 level for at least 12 months and not more than 3 years. In order to participate, application form must be completed and applicant accepted. Minimum of 6, maximum of 10.
Contact Scoliosis Rehab, Inc. if you are interested in obtaining information on our courses (877.734.2220).
Courses For PTs
C1 certification is primarily intended for use in 1:1 individual physical therapy treatment of patients with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS). It may be applied with limitations in some cases for children with neuromuscular scoliosis. It is not intended for use in adults with painful, degenerative scoliosis, for providing group therapy, or providing immersion type training.
C2 course may be attained between 1-3 years following C1 certification. Failure to attend C2 within 1-3 years of C1 will result in loss of C1 certification. BSPTS C2 certification is required for treatment of adults with degenerative and painful scoliosis, treatment of patients post scoliosis spinal surgery, or providing group therapy and providing immersion type training.
IMPORTANT STATEMENT RELATED TO TREATMENT RECOMMENDATIONS:
BSPTS is not against any possible treatment strategy offered by good scoliosis specialists on an EBM basis. BSPTS is just offering some tools for scoliosis non-surgical management but do not state that these tools are enough to manage all scoliosis cases. BSPTS offers education to PTs with the strong recommendation of working integrated in a multidisciplinary team basically formed by MD (orthopedic surgeon), MD (specialists in spinal deformities, mainly physiatrists), Orthotist specialists in trunk braces and Psychologists if possible.
Treatment recommendations are given by MDs usually following a classical list of 'treatment of first election' - 'treatment of second election', and so on, according to international SRS and SOSORT guidelines. The treatment of first election is sometimes non-surgical and sometimes surgical. When a non-surgeon MD chairs the treatment team and gives a list of treatment options where surgery is a theoretical first election or even an option, we recommend consulting also a good orthopedic surgeon, specialist in spinal deformities to get a second opinion.
The orthopedic surgeon can explain treatment options and give his/her opinion about pros- and contras- for any treatment option and when the information is not satisfactory for the patients orfor the physiatrist (non-surgeon MD) a third opinion is mandatory.
BSPTS is educating for a good practice and declares not to be responsible for bad practice performed by any certificated PT
TIPS ON FINDING A CERTIFIED PHYSICAL THERAPIST
We recommend asking for the physical therapist’s level of certification, years of experience treating patients with scoliosis, number of patients they have treated with scoliosis and a list of past or current patients you may contact.