Boston Othotics and Prosthetics
Boston Othotic and Prosthetics

AOPA to Conduct Scoliosis Symposium on the Non-Operative Management of Infantile Scoliosis

Boston Orthotics & Prosthetics is pleased to announce that it will be participating in a session on the non-operative management of infantile idiopathic scoliosis at the AOPA (American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association) 2021 National Assembly, which will be held in Boston September 9-11 and virtually September 16-18.

James Wynne, CPO, FAAOP, and Boston O&P VP and Director of Training; Lauren Houle, DPT, PT, CPO; Lori Dolan, PhD; ,Timothy Hresko, MD, of Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School; and Andrea Lebel, MSc, PT will introduce infantile idiopathic scoliosis, differentiate it from other types of early onset scoliosis and discuss non-operative management options.

They will also discuss how, in an effort to mitigate the risks of multiple anesthesia exposure and to improve family satisfaction, bracing is being considered as an alternative to Mehta casting.

“Historically, the standard treatment for infantile idiopathic scoliosis has included Mehta casting, which may involve multiple rounds of anesthesia,” said Wynne. “The FDA has determined that anesthesia can affect brain development in children, so we are pleased to share our research on a safer alternative that does not require any anesthesia at all: bracing with the Boston Brace Baby.”

The session will be held on Saturday, September 11 from 9:15 a.m. to noon. A virtual version of the event will also be available on Friday, September 17 from 3-6 p.m. ET, and will continue to be available for 30 days.

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