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  • Gait Course Announcement

    The University of Virginia Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics

    Gait Abnormalities in Children with Cerebral Palsy: Evaluation
    and Treatment

    December 2, 1995
    Omni Hotel
    Charlottesville, Virginia

    Goals: To review the cause and treatments of gait disorders in
    cerebral palsy.

    Purpose: Current treatments and methods of evaluation will be
    presented by recognized experts to aid clinicians in their role
    as advisors, decision makers and care givers for children with
    cerebral palsy (CP).

    Course Description: The course will cover normal and
    pathologic gait patterns as related to CP. Patient evaluation
    will be described to include: physical assessment, gait
    analysis, Gross Motor Function Measure, dynamometer
    measurements of muscle strength, and EMG. Treatment
    indications and outcomes will be presented for orthopaedic
    surgery, rhizotomy, bracing and medications like botulinum.

    Course Objectives:
    Upon completion, participants will be able to:
    -define normal gait characteristics using 3-D motion analysis
    -demonstrate gait deviations caused by CP
    -define the role of muscle strengthening as a treatment for CP
    -discuss the use of EMG and gait analysis for planning
    -describe variations in muscle architecture and the effects of
    surgery on muscle function
    -define indications and expectations from current treatments

    Course Directors:
    Mark F. Abel, M.D.
    Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics and Pediatrics
    Medical Director, Motion Analysis Laboratory
    University of Virginia
    Health Sciences Center

    Diane L. Damiano, Ph.D., P.T.
    Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics
    Research Director, Motion Analysis Laboratory
    University of Virginia
    Health Sciences Center

    Guest Faculty:
    Scott Delp, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Engineering
    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
    Northwestern University
    Chicago, Illinois

    T.S. Park, M.D.
    Professor of Neurological Surgery and Pediatrics
    St. Louis Children's Hospital
    St. Louis, Missouri

    John Blanco, M.D.
    Associate Professor of Orthopaedics and Pediatrics
    Chief, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics
    University of Virginia

    Sharon Hostler, M.D.
    McLemore Birdsong Professor of Pediatrics
    Medical Director, Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center
    University of Virginia

    Richard Stevenson, M.D.
    Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Developmental Medicine
    University of Virginia

    Credit: The University of Virginia School of Medicine
    designates this continuing medical education activity for 6
    credit hours in Category I of the Physician's Recognition Award
    of the American Medical Association.

    Who Should Attend: This course is designed for physicians,
    pediatric nurses, nurse practitioners, physical therapists,
    engineers, kinesiologists, and other professionals who are
    interested in motion analysis and in the care of children with
    cerebral palsy. Family members of persons with CP are also

    Registration Fee: Course fee: $100 for physicians, $75 for all
    others. Fee includes lectures, syllabus, lunch, refreshments
    and CME accreditation.

    Additional registration information may be obtained from:

    Greg Volkar
    University of Virginia Office of Continuing Medical Education
    Box 368 Health Sciences Center
    Charlottesville, VA 22908
    PHONE: (804) 924-5310
    FAX: (804) 982-1415

    or from the University of Virginia Motion Analysis Lab home