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Dynamic Chiropractic – April 9, 2009, Vol. 27, Issue 08

WFC Montreal Congress Spotlights Senior Care, Sports Chiropractic

By World Federation of Chiropractic

Two clinical subjects with strong presentations at the upcoming World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) Congress are senior care and sports chiropractic. Distinguished speakers will address both topics by way of presentations and workshops during the April 30 - May 2 event in Montreal.

Senior Care

Keynote speakers on quality of life and management of seniors include Brian Gleberzon, DC, speaking on fall prevention, diet and wellness; and Amy Freedman, MD, speaking on collaborative care for seniors with musculoskeletal disorders. Drs. Gleberzon and Freedman will also co-host a 90-minute workshop on senior quality-of-life issues.

Dr. Gleberzon is the author of Chiropractic Care of the Older Patient (Butterworth-Heineman, 2001) and is currently completing a Master of Health Sciences degree in gerontology. He has been in private practice since 1989 and is a faculty member of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.

Dr. Amy Freedman is a family physician who practices at the St. James Town Health Centre and the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care in Toronto. She has completed a residency in family and community medicine and a fellowship in care of the elderly at the University of Toronto School of Medicine, where she is now an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine, teaching care of the elderly to family medicine residents.

In addition to the presentations and workshop by Drs. Gleberzon and Freedman, David Byfield, DC, will address diversified adjusting for the older or osteoporotic patient. Dr. Byfield, from the University of Glamorgan in Wales and author of Chiropractic Manipulative Skills (Elsevier, 1996 and 2005), is one of Europe's leading technique instructors.

Sports Chiropractic

Keynote speakers on sports chiropractic are Jack Taunton, MD, chief medical officer for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and Robert Armitage, DC, supervisor of chiropractic services for both events. Both are scheduled to discuss arrangements for medical services at the games and integration of chiropractic services in a core medical team. Drs. Taunton and Armitage will then join other sports chiropractic specialists in a grand-rounds session, reviewing actual cases and management approaches. This session is to be moderated by Dr. Gregory Uchacz, president of the Chiropractic College of Sports Sciences (Canada). Henry Pollard, DC, PhD, also will review sports chiropractic research.

Various workshops relevant to sports chiropractic practice will focus on Graston Technique (Dr. Tom Hyde), lower extremity techniques (Dr. Mark Charrette), low-tech rehabilitation (Dr. Rhonda Kirkwood and Dr. Mohsen Kazemi), ART (Dr. Michael Leahy) and McKenzie Methods (Dr. Gary Jacob).

Other Program Details

The 2009 WFC Congress features an extensive program that begins with Scott Haldeman, DC, MD, PhD, explaining the Bone and Joint Decade (BJD) Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders' landmark report and its new model of management of neck pain, and concludes with WFC Past President Dr. Gerry Clum speaking on "Where We Have Come From and the Road Ahead."

"[T]his Congress in the exciting city of Montreal has over 75 speakers and probably the most varied and interesting program ever presented at a chiropractic meeting," according to WFC President Dr. Stathis Papadopoulos. Join more than 1,000 DCs from more than 40 countries in Montreal at the end of April.

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