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STEP Interventional Spasticity Certificate Program

Coming Soon!

Following the popularity of the STEP Ultrasound Certificate program and demand for additional high-quality physiatric training, AAPM&R is excited to announce to launch of the STEP Interventional Spasticity Certificate Program! Through 3 stages of online learning, a live course, and an in-person skills assessment, participants should be able to:

  • Have in-depth understanding of spasticity and its impact
  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of all treatment options (i.e. pumps, oral medications, surgeries)
  • Synthesize an optimal dynamic treatment plan for spasticity interventions
  • Discuss the pharmacology of injectable agents
  • Prepare and administer injectable toxins and nerve blocks
  • Recognize and assess functional anatomy related to spasticity (i.e. motion analysis)
  • Utilize multiple localization methods (EMG, US, hands/eyes, muscles, landmarks) for chemodenervation and nerve blocks
  • Recognize appropriate candidates for targeted drug delivery
  • Perform basic pump programming (increase/decrease, bridge bolus) on the most commonly used delivery systems
  • Recognize the utility of complex pump programming
  • Handle ITB emergencies
  • Identify the resources necessary to establish, manage, and grow a spasticity practice

Program details and schedules are being finalized and more information will be released soon. To be one of the first to know about the launch, click the button below to subscribe to program updates. 

Can't wait for spasticity education? Jump start your journey to interventional spasticity expertise by registering for the Interventional Spasticity Intensive: Case-Based Skills Training and Assessment preconference course at the 2019 AAPM&R Annual Assembly! In this valuable half-day course, you’ll learn how to enhance and assess your clinical skills in managing patients with spasticity and related conditions. Attendees will rotate through several stations in a small group setting, be presented with cases, develop a treatment plan, and learn/demonstrate hands-on skills that are relevant to that case scenario. At the end of this course, you’ll walk away with important skills, such as focal chemodenervation (botulinum toxin, nerve, and motor point blocks) and intrathecal baclofen delivery.