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Module 2: Degenerative Spine

Chairman

Prof. Claudius Thomé
Austria

Lead Reviewer

Dr. Jörg Franke
Germany

Module 2 Learning Outcomes

The delegates should be able to assess patient history and physical examination findings in relation to decision making; analyze the use of appropriate diagnostic tools; discuss the importance of using a broad base of evidence in decision making. Finally, they should be able to discuss prevention, identification and management of complications, familiarizing themselves with the outcome assessment tools and critical analysis of treatment results.

Session 1: Cervical & Lumbar – Herniated Discs, Diagnostics & Treatment of Radicular Pain

The delegates should understand the consequences for timing of return to work, activity and surgery; discuss the natural history of radicular pain under the light of best available evidence as well as epidemiological features and implications; discuss the differences between surgical treatment alternatives and the process of timing and selection; discuss alternatives of non-surgical treatment and applicability to the given situation.

Session 2: Cervical & Thoracic Myelopathy

The delegates should discuss the natural history of cervical and thoracic myelopathy
under the light of best available evidence and discuss the differences between surgical treatment alternatives and the process of timing and selection.

Session 3: Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

The delegates should analyse the natural history of spinal stenosis using the best available evidence; discuss the differences between surgical treatment alternatives and the process of timing and selection; discuss alternatives of nonsurgical treatment and applicability to the given situation.

Session 4: Spondylolysis, Spondylolisthesis, Dysraphic & Vascular Anomalies

The delegates should be able to discuss the differences between surgical treatment alternatives and the process of timing and selection in (1) spondylolysis and spondylolistehsis as well as in (2) dysraphic and vascular anomalies; discuss alternatives of non-surgical treatment and applicability to the given situation; understand the clinically important vascular normal anatomy of the cord, late consequences of cord tether.

Session 5: Axial Spine Pain

The delegates should discuss the definition and identification of Yellow Flags and understand the potential effects of the presence of yellow flags on treatment results; discuss the differences between surgical treatment alternatives and the process of timing and selection; discuss alternatives of non-surgical treatment and applicability to the given situation.

Session 6: The Consequences of Inflammatory Disease of the Spine and Adult Deformity

The delegates should discuss the differences between adult and pediatric deformity; analyze the concept of spinal balance, discussing the role and importance of spino-pelvic parameters in patient evaluation and decision making; discuss alternatives of non-surgical treatment and applicability to the given situation; discuss the differences between surgical treatment alternatives and the process of timing and selection.

Session 7: Cad Labs

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