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Registration for the edition 2022 is closed

The World Master Course

In 2016, ISICO launched an annual distance-learning course, open to participants from all over the world. The aim was to offer professionals specialist training in the Principles and Practice of Scoliosis Conservative Treatment (PPSCT), delivered by a faculty whose members are among today’s leading experts in the field worldwide. In planning the course, we drew on the decade of experience we had acquired through our residential Master course.

The past editions were a great success and saw participants from all five continents engaged in an ongoing learning process, which is both engaging and effective.

Isico is keen to share its extensive clinical and scientific experience with course participants, in the hope that this will result, worldwide, in increased availability of good quality conservative treatment with a high success rate.

During the course, the Isico experts share their treatment protocols and treatment strategies in a practical way, through clinical cases, but participants are also given a general overview of the main treatment techniques, of demonstrated efficacy, used by the leading experts around the world.

To get an overview of the course topics, take a look at the last live lecture of the 2018 edition, given by Stefano Negrini.

Course organization

The PPSCT course is delivered entirely online and its development can be self-administered, through a dedicated online learning platform. It is divided into 16 modules, each lasting two or three weeks. A single module usually includes three recorded theoretical lectures (each about 45 minutes long), which participants can listen to at a time to suit themselves. Each lecture recommends 2 or 3 scientific papers, to be read in order to complete the module task.

Each module includes Discussion Group sessions, focusing on specific aspects of the topic dealt with within that module. These sessions are intended to increase the students’ participation and improve the learning process. The participants are expected to express their opinions and to cite appropriate literature to support their positions.

Each module ends with an online Live session led by one of the members of the Teaching staff, who presents clinical cases selected according to the topics covered in the module and the discussion group sessions.

The 60-minute Live sessions (one every two or three weeks) are the only components of the course that require participants to be online in real-time at a specific date/time.

Click here to see the 2022 program.

Educational goals

  • To achieve the ability to provide good quality care, over time, to patients affected by spinal deformities, especially children and adolescent
  • To grasp the theoretical basis of such care
  • To learn the ISICO approach to patient assessment and the treatment decision process
  • To gain a solid basic understanding of the main current treatment techniques
  • To become familiar with conservative treatments, particularly SEAS (exercises) and SPoRT (braces), and when and how to prescribe them.


The PPSCT course focuses on scoliosis at all ages (mainly idiopathic, although it also provides insight into secondary scoliosis) and examines the following topics:

  • Etiopathogenesis
  • Classification
  • Assessment
  • Therapeutic choices
  • Conservative treatment (exercises, braces)
  • Basic notions of surgery
  • X-ray measurements and related concerns
  • Screening
  • Why scoliosis has to be treated
  • Clinical measurements and measurement errors
  • Sport and scoliosis
  • Posture and scoliosis
  • How to manage aesthetics
  • Compliance to treatment
  • The therapeutic team
  • The role of psychology in bracing

Qualification for the Course

Although the PPSCT course was initially designed for physicians, to address their need for a comprehensive overview of the state of the art in the diagnosis and treatment of scoliosis, its content may also be of interest to other professionals involved in the treatment of this condition. We therefore also accept applications from physiotherapists, orthotists, PhD students, and so on. All participants must be aware that the various learning activities are based on the assumption that the course participants have a medical background.

The course organizers apply a grading process whereby points are assigned on the basis of active participation in the discussion group and live sessions. There is a minimum number of points that participants must obtain in order to receive the Attendance Certificate.

Those receiving this requisite number of points are also entitled to take the Final PPSCT Examination and, if they pass it, will be awarded the PPSCT Certificate relevant to their profession.

Important note 

A computer (Mac/PC) or tablet (Android/Mac) and stable internet connection are required to access the eLearning content and virtual live sessions.


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