The Orthopedic Care of Spina Bifida

Description:  In this webinar, functional classification (MM1, MM2, MM3, MM4) together with the FMS classification will be presented. We will discuss the use of gait analysis to identify functional abnormalities and provide the best treatment to it. Orthopedic pathologies that will be reviewed include: hip, knee (crouch gait), rotational deformities (tibia/femur), ankle (valgus) and all feet pathologies. 

Orthotic management (AFO, GRAFO, KAFO, HKAFO, RGO) will be discussed, as well as the orthopedic and mobility issues in adult spina bifida.

The course with conclude with 2 clinical cases, that include gait analysis-pre and post op. 

Instructor: Vineeta T. Swaroop, MD,  Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Ann & Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Content developed by Luciano Dias, MD, Professor of Orthopedic Surgery Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, Medical Director Orthopedic Session Spina Bifida Clinic Lurie Children's Hospital, Medical Director Gait Analysis Center Shirley Ryan AbilityLab 

Audience:  Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants

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

  • Recognize the 4 functional levels
  • Discuss the FMS classification
  • Identify the most common deformities that affect gait
  • Recognize components of adult spina bifida function

Note: You will have 3 months from the date of purchase to complete and review the course material. You will receive a reminder email 2 weeks before the expiration date.

Continuing Education Credits

Physical Therapy 

The Illinois Physical Therapy Board has approved this course for 1 Contact Hour. Approval #216-000069

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education.This course has been approved by the New York Physical Therapy Board for 1 Contact Hour

Occupational Therapy

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an approved provider for the American Occupational Therapy Association to offer continuing education in occupational therapy. This intermediate level program awards occupational therapists 0.1 CEUs or 1 contact hour. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Category 1: Domain of OT – Client Factors and Performance Skills


Financial: Receives a Salary from the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
Non-Financial: No non-financial disclosures at this time

Basic Computer Requirements: You will need access to a computer with an Internet connection. High speed broadband access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended.

  • PC: Compatible Operating System: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 Web Browser: Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer 10 or higher
  • MAC: Compatible Operating System: OS X Web Browser: Firefox, Chrome, Safari

Cancellation Policy: To request a cancellation of an on-demand program, please provide written notice by letter, email, or fax or contact us by phone within 24 hours of placing your order and we will refund you the full course fee. If you cannot give notice within 24 hours, a credit towards a future course of equal value would apply.


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