As a current user of the Boston brace system I was excited to attend this course as on occasion I felt out of my depth. I had previously been trained 6+ years ago then had little exposure to patients. Though I understood the principals of the system, the gap between training and practice lead me to forgetting some of the intricacies.
Although the course was pitched in a manner that an absolute beginner could follow and learn there was plenty of information for those of us who were there for refreshers. The course was modern and relevant. A physio told us how she is doing a Pilates class for scoli patients. Her clients are varied ages and all feel there are benefits they feel comfortable in the class as they all suffer the same deformity. She tailors the routine after assessing individually so each client benefits the greatest. Thinking about our patients out of brace and post bracing is something we should be doing. In fact a girl just about to wean out of her brace asked me for advice on any exercise she could do so I was able to direct her to Pilates. She was thrilled at receiving something other than just a brace from me that will help her.
The second day was practical after the day of theory on the first day. Two patients attended and we all had a module which we were to map and trim after reading the x-rays and measuring the patients. Getting hands on on a course like this is essential and all tools and equipment were provided. Speakers were experienced and forthcoming with their knowledge.
Overall I cam away with a greater understanding of how to treat my patients and a new confidence which was instantly helpful with my next weeks clinic where I saw three new cases.