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Shriners Hospitals for Children hosts conference on care and rehabilitation of cerebral palsy patients

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Cerebral Palsy will be the topic of discussion when more than 70 physical therapists and nurses from throughout Northern California gather at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California on Friday, April 11, for a continuing education conference on Recovery and Rehabilitation Following SEMLS (Single Event Multilevel Surgery). Dr. Jon Davids, Assistant Chief of Orthopaedics, and the Shriners Hospital neuromuscular team will lead a comprehensive seminar that provides health care professionals with the information and resources needed to work successfully with children with cerebral palsy following SEMLS. Therapists from Modesto, Manteca, Oakland, San Mateo, Fremont, Napa, Chico, Redding and other communities in the Bay Area, Central Valley and Northern California counties will attend the seminar, for which there is a waiting list.

Dr. Davids is an internationally recognized pediatric orthopaedic surgeon noted for his work in treating children with cerebral palsy and his pioneering research using motion analysis to improve clinical decision making and outcomes. Other conference presenters include physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, nurse practitioners, physical therapists and certified orthotists.

Presentations begin at 8 a.m. Afternoon sessions include a question-and-answer session with patients, families and community therapists and a panel discussion. The conference concludes at 4 p.m.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is devoted to transforming the lives of children through excellence in treatment, teaching and research. Located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California provides care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip and scars from any cause. There are no barriers to care as admission is based on age and diagnosis. For further information call 916-453-2000 or go online to shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.