Management of Musculoskeletal Conditions in Children and Adolescents

​Friday, December 12, 2014

8:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

St. Paul RiverCentre

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Course Description

This course will examine a variety of musculoskeletal conditions that primary care physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, nurses, orthotists and prosthetists might encounter in pediatric and adolescent patients. Course content will focus on physical examination, differential diagnosis, and initial and long-term management for pediatric and adolescent patients who have congenital and acquired musculoskeletal conditions. The conference will include hands-on and small group sessions, orthopedic case studies, and demonstrations of therapy evaluation and treatment protocols.


Injury Splinting, Tips and Tactics for the Clinical Exam, Pediatric Fractures and Small Group Orthopedic Case Study Breakout Sessions
These sessions are designed to allow physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners to participate in small groups and receive individual instruction from pediatric orthopedic surgeons practicing at Gillette.

Upper/Lower Extremity Injury Splinting Practicum
Participants will be instructed in techniques for stabilizing upper and lower extremity injuries and have the opportunity to practice these techniques in a lab format.

Tips and Tactics for the Clinical Exam
These sessions will focus on common exam techniques for primary care providers, including DDH, scoliosis, limb length discrepancies and torsional deformities.

Pediatric Fractures That You Do NOT Want to Miss
These sessions have been designed to help identify fractures and other injuries/anomalies in the pediatric population. These sessions will utilize electronic images in a case-review format.

Pediatric Hip Disorder Case Review
These sessions will review history, differential diagnosis, diagnostic pearls, and treatment and outcomes of DDH, Perthes, SCFE and adolescent hip dysplasia cases.


Course Objectives
At the completion of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Identify causes and describe surgical and nonsurgical management of musculoskeletal issues in children and adolescents
  • Review the differential diagnosis of selected pediatric musculoskeletal issues, including the key indicators of severity and need
  • Identify causes for concern and pitfalls in managing anomalies of and injuries to a developing musculoskeletal system
  • Practice hands-on techniques for evaluating and treating selected musculoskeletal issues in children and adolescents
  • Review physical therapy protocols for a variety of musculoskeletal issues