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Announcing a course on

Developmental Orthopedics and CNS Dysfunction:

TheraTogs™ Applications

Beverly (Billi) Cusick, PT, MS - Instructor

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin June 23, 2004


Sponsored by Progressive GaitWays, LLC


Course Description

This program features a review of skeletal modeling mechanisms and influences, followed by a detailed discussion of the developmental features of the lower extremity. The content pertains primarily to the body segments proximal to the foot. Billi relates normal developmental orthopedic events to: 1) modeling errors in the presence of ligament laxity and recruitment and weight-loading problems in children with neuromotor disorders; 2) findings obtained by undertaking 10 essential musculoskeletal assessments; and 3) therapeutic management, emphasizing the use of TheraTogs™.

This course is open to PTs, OTs, pediatric orthopedists, rehabilitation physicians, orthopedic and rehabilitation medicine residents or interns, orthotists, and PT assistants accompanied by a supervising PT.

Course Objectives

Participants completing this course are expected to be able to:

Course Schedule

8:00 Modeling Mechanisms - The Role of Movement in Shaping the Lower Extremities -

8:30 Overview of Primary Structural Changes at the Pelvis, Hip, and Femur

9:30 Break

10:00 Primary Structural Changes at the Knee, Leg, Ankle, and Foot

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Review of 5 Essential Musculoskeletal Assessment Procedures in the Sagittal Plane: Spine and Pelvic Alignment, Hip Extension, Hamstrings Length, Patella Angle, and Ankle Dorsiflexion

2:00: Break

2:15 Review of 5 Essential Assessment Procedures, Proximal to the Foot, in the Frontal and Transverse Planes: Pelvic Obliquity, Hip Abduction, Ryder’s Test for Femoral Torsion, Thigh/Foot Angle, and Leg Lengths.

3:30 Break

3:45 Demonstration: Using TheraTogs™ to Address Problems Affecting Skeletal Modeling, Postural Alignment, Balance, and Gait

4:30 Bringing Musculoskeletal Findings to a Videotaped Case

4:45 Discussion & Adjourn

5:00 – 6:00 Optional overview of recent research advances as summarized by BRIGHT’s Scientific Advisory Panel - Presented by Matt Palaszynski, President BRIGHT

About the Instructor

Beverly Cusick, PT, MS received her BS in PT from Bouve College at Northeastern University (Boston) in 1972. She is NDT basic- and baby-trained. Since 1978 she has written or co-authored numerous publications, including: Progressive Casting and Splinting for Lower Extremity Deformity in Children with Neuromotor Dysfunction (1990), a length text; Serial Casts: Their Use in the Management of Spasticity-Induced Foot Deformity (1990), an illustrated manual; Legs & Feet: A Review of Musculoskeletal Assessments (1999), an instructional videotape; Lower Extremity Developmental Features (2000), a home study monograph for the APTA’s Orthopedic Section; Serial Casting to Restore Soft Tissue Extensibility in the Ankle and Foot (2000), a monograph; The Flexcast Preparatory AFO, a videotape and manual; several textbook chapters and articles for journals and conference proceedings articles. She has guest lectured at annual

conferences of the APTA, the NDTA, and the American Academy of CP and Developmental Medicine, in the US and Canada; and at the ISPO Consensus Conference for Orthotics in CP.

Since 1977, Ms. Cusick has conducted more than 300 courses and guest presentations in the USA, Canada, Brazil, Hong Kong, and New Zealand. She’s also toured Australia 3 times as a guest instructor for the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

Ms. Cusick worked for 9 years on staff at Children's Rehabilitation Center (now the Kluge Center) in Charlottesville, VA. She then taught pediatrics-related courses for 3 years on faculty for the College of Health Related Professions at MUSC in Charleston, SC. There, she also initiated and directed PT services for the Division of Developmental Disabilities at MUSC. In 1988, she earned an MS in Clinical and College Teaching for Allied Health Professionals at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, where she also consulted for Cardinal Hill Hospital's Head Trauma and Pediatrics teams. She served for 4 years, offering assistance and consultation to the PT Department of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, and has since been consulting and practicing privately in Colorado. There, she devotes most of her professional effort to generating literature and educational materials, to teaching and consultation, and to developing and marketing her invention, TheraTogs™. A curriculum vita is available upon request.


Tuition: $140.00 – paid to Progressive GaitWays, LLC (by check, VISA, MasterCard)

Tuition includes 2 videotapes – Legs & Feet: A Review of Musculoskeletal Assessments (2 hours), and the new Introduction to TheraTogs, a fully referenced handout set, lunch, and snacks.

Enrollment deadline: June 16, 2004

Contact: Darleen Cortez -

Progressive GaitWays, LLC

305 Society Drive, Suite C-3, Telluride, Colorado 81435

PH: 888/ 634-0495 / FAX: 970-728-7028

Email: dcortez@gaitways.com

Darleen will send you (by fax, email, or US Postal Service) the details regarding the venue and space availability, a registration form, and nearby housing information.

When you register, she will send you your confirmation, a copy of the Legs & Feet video for pre-course review, and a local map or directions to the venue.

CEUs: Application is on file for Wisconsin PT CEUs.


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