TheraTogs inventor and co-founder Beverly Cusick, PT, MS, NDT, COF will be challenging her audience with new thinking about spasticity at the upcoming 14th annual conference of the American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists, Feb. 14-17 in New Orleans.
TheraTogs will also be exhibiting – come visit Beverly and the Togs Team at Booth 157.
Her thesis: Spasticity is not what we think it is. In children born prematurely, and those with diplegic cerebral palsy (CP), findings obtained with diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) are challenging the accuracy of the definition of CP as “a motor disorder caused by a static lesion to the motor cortex resulting in spasticity” – thus also challenging the appropriateness of treatment strategies that target spasticity. In this program, Cusick discusses research on spasticity and “spasticity reduction” interventions aimed at deformities and gait pathology in children with CP. She invites participants to consider the significance of deficits in—and orthotic management strategies that optimize – functioning body and joint alignment and postural control.