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2024 Winter: Navigating the curves in life from adolescence to adulthood: Scoliosis - what's age got to do with it? by Lise Stolze, MPT, DSc

  • 27-Jan-2024
  • 8:00 AM
  • 28-Jan-2024
  • Fairmont Hot Springs Montana



2 day course, 13 Contact Hours, MT category A 

Full Course information can be found by scrolling down below.

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Provisions include coffee/tea in the morning and lunch at the business meeting. Snacks are not served at breaks. 

Meeting Sites:

Accommodations and Meeting Site: Fairmont Hot Springs. 
Please call 800.332.32.72 or book online at www.fairmontmontana.com. Use Group ID 29288, or tell them you are with the Montana Physical Therapy Association. Room rates start at $189 depending on the type of room you may need. This block will be released on December 27, so book early.

Committees and Board Meeting

October 6, 2023:

  • 6:00 - 8:00pm Board Meeting,  site TBA

Business Meeting

Business meeting and elections will be held at noon on Saturday, January 27, 2023, at the CE site. Lunch is included for those registered for the course. Please RSVP if you are not registered (you may register online for this without paying). Please send agenda items to the office or President Emily Herndon by January 6, 2023. Final agenda will be posted in the members only section at www.aptamt.com by January 17, 2023.

Cancellation Policy

APTA MT reserves the right to refuse/cancel an event registration. If ATPA MT refuses a registration, registrants will be offered a full refund.

Registration Cancellation by Participant:

Cancellations will be accepted in writing via email or mail. A $25.00 administration fee will be withheld when cancellation occurs up to ten days prior to the start of the event; 50% refund if cancelled 2-10 days prior; 25% refund if cancelled 0-1 day prior.


Group Discounts:

10% Discount for 3 or more APTA Member PTs/PTAs from one clinic. Fees for all persons must be made with one payment. No exceptions. Credit will not be provided at a later date. Combining discounts (ie Lifetime AND Group) is not applicable. If you need to take advantage of this, call us for a group code to pay online, or mail in your check with participant names.

Student Discounts:

Students may take any non-limited seating, APTA MT sponsored CE at a rate discounted by 75% of the member and non-member rate; If the course is a lab, students will be admitted on a space available basis only. Group Code: APTAStudent (your registration will be cancelled if you are not a student using this code).

Lifetime Member:

Lifetime members may take any non-limited seating, APTA MT sponsored CE at 50% discount. Combining discounts (ie Lifetime AND Group) is not applicable. If you need to take advantage of this, please use code APTALifetime (your registration will be cancelled if you are not a lifetime member using this code).

About the course:

Course Description:

Scoliosis is a spine disorder that affects both young and old, yet its implications vary based on the stage of life in which it presents. Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) is rarely painful, and the goal is to introduce corrective forces during spine development that can reduce curve progression. Adult onset scoliosis is a product of spine degeneration, is typically painful and is confounded by co-morbidities. Adults who have a history of AIS can develop pain and disability in adulthood that may also have a degenerative component. Interventions can vary for each cohort. Physiotherapy Scoliosis Specific Exercise (PSSE) including Schroth/PSSE, is an evidence based therapeutic intervention for the treatment of adolescents and adults with scoliosis. This course provides education in the evaluation and treatment of scoliosis along the age spectrum and introduces interventions based on Schroth/PSSE principles.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

1. Identify radiological and clinical assessment strategies for adolescents and adults with scoliosis

2. Understand sagittal plane pelvic parameters and how they affect scoliosis and hyper-kyphosis assessment

3. Apply principles of Schroth/PSSE in therapeutic interventions for both AIS and adult onset scoliosis

4. Identify specific manual therapy interventions for the patient with scoliosis

5. Advise the scoliosis patient about fitness recommendations and modifications

6. Realize the importance of coordinating care with the physician, orthotist and fitness trainer to benefit the scoliosis patient

Course Agenda:


8:00am - 8:15am Course Introduction/Scoliosis Definition
8:30am - 9:15am Conservative Management and PSSE/Schroth
9:15am - 9:45am Scoliosis Progression Immature vs Adult/Treatment Goals
9:45am - 10:00am BREAK
10:00am - 10:40am Etiology/Pathogenesis/Pathomechanism
10:45am - 11:15am Curve Classification
11:15am - 12:00pm Lab - Curve Patterns and Corrective Breathing
12:00PM - 2:00pm APTA Montana Business Meeting Luncheon
2:00PM - 2:45pm Radiological and Clinical Assessment
2:45PM - 3:30pm Patient Demonstration - Assessment
3:30PM - 3:45pm BREAK
3:45PM - 5:00pm Lab - Clinical Assessment


7:30am - 7:45am Review/Q and A
7:45am - 8:30am Adult Spinal Disorder and Sagittal Alignment
8:30am - 9:00am Fitness Adaptations Using PSSE Principles
9:00am - 9:45am Lab - Fitness Exercises Adapted for Scoliosis
9:45am - 10:00am Break
10:00am -10:45am PSSE/Schroth Concepts
10:45am - 12:00pm Patient Demonstration - PSSE/Schroth Treatment
12:00pm - 12:30pm LUNCH
12:30pm - 1:45pm Lab - Scoliosis Treatment using PSSE Principles
1:45pm - 2:45pm Lab - Manual Interventions

About the Speaker

Lise Stolze, MPT, DSc is an SSOL-Schroth educator and Polestar Pilates educator. She is certified through the Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School (BSPTS C2) and Scientific Exercise Approach to Scoliosis (SEAS 2). Her research on low back pain and Pilates was published in the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy. Her current research focus is on developing fitness guidelines for adults with spinal disorders. Lise has served on the Pilates Method Alliance Research Committee and is an active member of the International Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT). She has presented internationally at the annual SOSORT conference and at the Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Girdle Pain. Dr. Stolze owns Stolze Therapies, an orthopedic physical therapy clinic and studio for Pilates and movement in Denver, Colorado.

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