Registration for the Edition 2019 is now open !


The World Master Course

ISICO in 2016 started to organize an annual distance-learning course, open to participants from all over the world, to specialize professionals in Principles and Practice of Scoliosis Conservative Treatment (PPSCT), with the participation of a Faculty whose members are actually considered as the most recognized experts in the field worldwide. The course was planned following  the experience we have collected during the last ten years with our residential Master course.

The first three editions had been a great success, involving participants coming from all five continents, engaged in an ongoing learning process which is actually both captivating and effective.

Isico wants to share with the participants its long clinical and scientific experience with the aim of expanding worldwide the good quality conservative treatment, with high probability of success.
In the course the Isico experts share their treatment protocols and treatment strategy in a practical way through clinical cases but the course will provide also a general overview of the principal treatment techniques, accepted and with demonstrated efficacy, used by the main experts around the world.

Have a look at the last live lecture of the 2018 Edition given by Stefano Negrini, to have an overview of the topics of the course.

Course organization

The PPSCT course is entirely delivered online, through the dedicated Online Learning Platform. The course is organized in 12 Modules, each one lasting two or three weeks. The module usually includes three recorded theoretical lectures (each one about 45 minutes), self-administered by the students at a time suitable for them. Each lecture recommends 2 to 3 scientific papers, to be read to complete the task.

The module includes furthermore Discussion groups where specific topics linked to the theme of the current module are discussed to enhance the students’ participation and to improve the learning process. The students state their opinion and support it with appropriate quotations to justify their position and to uphold it with the colleagues.

The module ends with an Online Live Session held by a coordinator, presenting clinical cases selected accordingly to the module's topics and the discussion groups. These is the only appointments which require to be connected live at a specific date/time (every two weeks for 1 hour).

Here you find the 2019 program.


Educational goals

  • To be able to follow with a good quality standard patients, mainly during growth, affected by spinal deformities.
  • A complete knowledge of the theoretical basis
  • Learning of the evaluation approach and the treatment choice process
  • Deep knowledge of treatment basics according to the main currently existing techniques
  • Knowledge and prescription terms of the conservative treatments, with a specific focus on SEAS (exercises) and SPoRT (braces).



The scheduled topics of PPSCT include scoliosis in all ages, mainly idiopathic but also with insight into secondary scoliosis:

  • 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 relationship between brace and psychology


Qualification for the Course

The PPSCT had been designed basically for physicians, to address their need of a comprehensive view of the state-of-the-art in the diagnosis and the prescription in this field, but also other categories involved in the treatment of this pathology may claim for this knowledge. Thus, we accept also registrations from other professionals, like physiotherapists, orthotists, PhDs etc., provided that the applicant is aware that a medical background is given for granted in the various learning activities.

The course is linked to a grading process based on the assignment of points determined by the active participation in the discussion groups and during the live sessions. The achievement of a required number of points is mandatory to get at least the Attendance Certificate.

Those who have reached the established threshold of points are also entitled to perform the Final PPSCT Examination and, passing the examination, they will achieve the PPSCT Certificate according to their profession.