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When: Live Virtual Learning: Second Thursday of Every Month
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Where: ZOOM Meeting Platform
United States
Presenter: Liz Hampton, PT, DPT & Nicole Viverito, PT, DPT
Contact: Sharon Meyerhoff, Member Services Manager

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Interested in research? The Illinois Physical Therapy Foundation (IPTF) offers FREE monthly Live virtual learning webinars that helps our members stay informed about ongoing research efforts, and insight and knowledge on current research and researchers. Plus  - participants can earn continuing education credits (CE).


"Short-term Outcomes of Scoliosis-Specific Exercise Program:
A Combined Clinical and Research Study"

Earn 1 FREE hour of CE!

Join us for this month's Spotlight on Research Virtual Learning course as Liz Hampton, PT, DPT & Nicole Viverito, PT, DPT  presents their research on "Short-term Outcomes of Scoliosis-Specific Exercise Program: A Combined Clinical and Research Study."

Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) may result in muscle imbalance, postural impairment, pain, breathing limitations, and reduced quality of life (QOL). Scoliosis specific exercises (SSE) is a conservative treatment for AIS providing an individualized exercise program. The purpose of the pilot study was to determine the post therapy and one-year functional and QOL outcomes as a result of physical therapy (PT) utilizing SSE. We hypothesized that the patients undergoing SSE therapy would show improvements in pain, breathing and quality of life after treatment and results would be sustained at one year. Our findings showed improvements in QOL, rib cage expansion, and pain and self-image as noted in the SRS-22r outcome measure. Findings also suggest that SSE can help decrease progression of the spinal curvature. 

Course Objectives:
Upon completion of this webinar, the participant will be able to:

  • Define adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) and body systems affected
  • Understand the history of scoliosis specific exercise (SSE) based on Schroth principles and its utilization in patients with idiopathic scoliosis
  • Discuss outcomes in patients with AIS who have participated in SSE/Schroth treatment
  • Present the research on SSE/Schroth being conducted at Shriners
  • Identify how clinicians can refer appropriate patients to certified Schroth therapists.



Liz Hampton, PT, DPT has been a physical therapist at Shriners Hospital for Children-Chicago for five years and has provided treatment to the pediatric population with variety of genetic, orthopedic, and neurological diagnoses. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in exercise science at Miami University of Ohio and Doctor of Physical Therapy at Rosalind Franklin School of Science and Medicine. Liz is certified in the basic and advanced BSPTS method, which focuses on the 3-D postural treatment of idiopathic scoliosis. Liz has been participating in a research study regarding scoliosis-specific exercise on functional outcomes along with Ann Flanagan, PT and Nicole Viverito, PT. She has been a member of the spinal cord injury at Shriners team since 2015.

Nicole Viverito, PT, DPT graduated from Midwestern University with a Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2013.  After graduation, she was a physical therapist in outpatient orthopedics at Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers for 1.5 years, where she worked with people of all ages with a variety of orthopedic conditions. Nicole has worked at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Chicago since 2013.  At Shriners, she has provided physical therapy treatment to the pediatric population with a variety of orthopedic, neurological, and genetic conditions on an inpatient and outpatient basis.  Additionally, she earned the beginner and advanced levels for the BSPTS 3-D Treatment of Scoliosis based on principles from C.L. Schroth; and co-developed and implemented an outpatient program at Shriners.  Since then, she has participated in research data collection on scoliosis-specific exercises for AIS and presented case studies and in-services on the effects of this method.  From 2016-2019 Nicole worked as an instructor in Triton College’s College of Continuing Education teaching the course, “The Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Aide.”  Since 2017, she has assisted with the pediatric courses at Midwestern University’s Physical Therapy program as adjunct faculty.

You are encouraged to send questions and comments prior to the event using the IPTA Research Question Box and the IPTA Research Forum. Please note that you must be logged into the site as an IPTA member to submit your questions.

Upon completion of the webinar, attendees will also be eligible to earn up to 1 FREE CE by filling out a short evaluation form. You MUST RSVP, prior to the date of webinar, in order to receive the email that is sent out the morning of the webinar with the evaluation link.


Topic: Spotlight on Research: Short-term Outcomes of Scoliosis-Specific Exercise Program
Time: Mar 12, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Note to Nonmembers: The IPTA welcome you to register and attend any of our upcoming #THIRDTHURSDAY or Spotlight on Research educational programming! One of the many benefits of IPTA membership is the opportunity to receive quality FREE CE (Continuing Education) hosted by the Association throughout the year. In free CE opportunities alone, your APTA/IPTA membership can pay for itself! Do the math – we welcome you to explore the various benefits of IPTA membership by clicking here. You too can be a part of your professional association!

The IPTA will only award nonmembers CE certificates for participation during their first TWO free CE events (#THIRDTHURSDAY or Spotlight on Research).

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