Developmental Orthopedics of the Trunk & Lower Extremity (2-Day)

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A TWO-DAY Review of Operating Processes With Implications for Management

Course Summary

This program features an overview of somatosensory function and development, the role of postural control in movement acquisition and physiologic adaptation, skeletal modeling mechanisms and influences, and ideal and pathomechanical features of orthopedic development of the trunk and lower extremity.

Normal developmental events are related to:

  • The operations of the somatosensory system
  • Postural control acquisition and body weight management
  • Biomechanical influences of full‐term gestation
  • Functioning postural and limb joint alignment
  • Elements of Sahrmann’s approach to analysis of the Movement System
  • The process of physiologic adaptation of bone, soft tissues, and the sensorimotor cortex

Deformity development is discussed in relation to:

  • Spasticity
  • Ligament laxity
  • Premature birth
  • Movement strategies in the presence of inadequate postural control and innate righting reactions
  • Use history in postural malalignment
  • Skeletal modeling errors

Management strategies are related to:

  • Body weight distribution onto the functioning base of support
  • Functioning joint alignment and related muscle lengths
  • Weakness
  • Skeletal modeling potential
  • Musculoskeletal assessment

Instructor describes selected musculoskeletal assessments and the implications of their findings, and brings them to therapeutic and orthotic management planning designed to optimize bone and joint development via movement. The relevance of the findings obtained in the musculoskeletal assessment to target selected interventions is made evident in videotaped cases.


September 15-16, 2021
Brain & Spine Physiotherapy Clinic
9 Academy St
Dillonsland, Navan, Co. Meath, C15 FCV5
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Developmental Orthopedics _2-Day_Course Description (PDF)


Beverly (Billi) Cusick, PT, MS, COF is an internationally-known pediatric physical therapist whose specialty is the management of lower extremity deformity, particularly in children with cerebral palsy and other CNS deficits.

Ms. Cusick received her BS in PT from Bouve College at Northeastern University (Boston), and her MS in Clinical and College Teaching for Allied Health Professionals from the University of Kentucky in Lexington. She is an Associate Professor for the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions – Pediatrics Program – Provo, Utah (2006-present) and is NDT basic- and baby-trained.

Since 1978 she has written or co-authored over a dozen publications. She has guest-lectured at annual conferences of the APTA, the NDTA, and the American Academy of CP and Developmental Medicine; at the ISPO Consensus Conference for Orthotics in CP; for the British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists; and most recently at the International Conference on Cerebral Palsy in Sydney, Australia.

Ms. Cusick is the founder of Progressive GaitWays, LLC and the inventor, President, and Chief Medical Officer of TheraTogs, Inc.

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