Workshops - 23 April 2024

    12:00 - 17:30

    • Levent Özçakar

      This 1/2-day course will comprise theoretical and practical training on ultrasound examination of the upper limb joints i.e. shoulder, elbow and wrist/hand. Starting with basic principals, the participants will be able to follow lectures on joint scanning, exemplary pathologies as well as pertinent interventions. During the hands-on practical sessions, they will image normal subjects in groups of 6-7 participants per station i.e 1 instructor and 1 ultrasound machine.

      Limited space

      Fee: 40€

      Biography - Levent Özçakar

      • Professor at Hacettepe University Medical School, Department of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Ankara, Turkey.
      • Main areas of interest include musculoskeletal ultrasonography and scientific publishing.
        Authored over 740 publications in various international journals indexed by SCI/SCI-Exp. Reviewer for 93 international journals indexed by SCI/SCI-Exp.
      • Editor, Joint Diseases and Related Surgery
      • Associate Editor, European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
      • Book Editor, Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Sonographic Atlas for Common Musculoskeletal Pathologies, Ultrasound Imaging and Guidance for Musculoskeletal Interventions in PRM
      • USPRM,  ISarcoPRM, Special Interest Scientific Committee of ESPRM on Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

    12:00 - 13:30

    • Rajiv Reebye, Serdar Kocer, Klemen Grabljevec

      Participants will practice the ultrasound assisted muscle localisation technique for botulin injections in neck, upper limb and lower limb.

      Biography - Serdar Kocer

      Serdar Koçer is a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Jura Hospital in Switzerland, Head of the Rehabilitation Centre, and a member of the Jura Hospital's executive board. He obtained his specialist title in France in 1993 where he worked until 2015 in different structures in the field of neurorehabilitation. He trained very early in diagnostic and interventional ultrasound and obtained his first ultrasound certificate in 1993 in Paris. He also obtained his certification in manual medicine and neuropsychological rehabilitation. He trained and then directed the urodynamics laboratory and the gait laboratory.  Serdar Kocer is president of ISNeReM (Society of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine) and director of Toxin Academy, which organises training in anatomy for botulinum toxin injection treatment, and director of MSK Ultrasound Academy, which organises training in interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound. He is a member of the French and Swiss PRM Societies, the Swiss Neurorehabilitation Society and the Swiss MDS.

      Limited space

      Fee: 40€

    • Iuly Treger, AnuYoga – Iyengar 

      AnuYoga Workshop proposes integrating Iyengar yoga into rehab facilities. Iyengar yoga emphasizes precise poses to connect body and mind. The first part of this 2 hours workshop will teach rehab staff yoga as a tool to manage burnout. Participants will take a practical yoga class to experience immediate boosts in energy, vitality, and focus. Second part of the workshop will present case studies demonstrating yoga's rehab benefits for orthopedic, respiratory, and neurological patients when integrated into multidisciplinary rehab teams. Experienced AnuYoga teachers will lead discussion and Q&A. The goal is to demonstrate yoga as a simple yet powerful rehabilitative method.

      Limited space


      Shai Kaplan's life was transformed when she discovered Iyengar yoga while traveling in India after surviving brain tumor surgery that left her visually impaired. Under the guidance of the master B.K.S. Iyengar she experienced profound healing through yoga practice. She became a certified Iyengar teacher and returned to Israel to share her knowledge, establishing a yoga therapy programs in medical settings. The ability of Iyengar Yoga to understand the relation of the way we practice and the effect on body and mind made the program very successful for the patients and the medical stuff.

    • Minna Ståhl, Zala Kuret, Nika Bolle

      In this workshop, we will introduce three cases of persistent pain in a child, an adolescent/young adult, and an adult. Different aspects and options of a biopsychosocial approach that apply to chronic pain management in patients at various stages in life are introduced. We will discuss assessment of pain and functioning in a holistic way, importance of pain education, individualized treatment and rehabilitation plan with a variety of pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment options, importance of peer support etc.. The workshop invites participants to interact both through smartphones and live discussions. Participants can also ask questions about their own patients with persistent pain.

      Biography - Minna Ståhl

        Minna Ståhl is a Finnish PRM physician with a degree in advanced pain medicine. She did her PhD on non-specific neck pain in children and adolescent populations. She has more than 20 years of clinical experience in management of persistent pain in children, adolescents, and adults.  Minna is the founder and the current leader of Finnish Centre for Children and Adolescent Pain Management and Research in HUS New Children’s hospital, which is the leading public tertiary hospital in Finland. Her paediatric pain team consists of 17 multiprofessional member working inter- and transdisciplinary way in all types of pain. Minna is also a Finnish delegate in ESPRM and UEMS PRM, and a co-leader of the ESPRM SISC for PRM in Children.

        Biography - Zala Kuret

        Zala Kuret is a Slovenian PRM physician. She has been the head of the Outpatient department at the University rehabilitation institute Republic of Slovenia since 2020. Her main clinical focus is on treating patients with chronic pain and fibromyalgia. In the scope of the Outpatient clinic a team of different health professionals has established an interdisciplinary program for treating patients with chronic pain. Beside clinical work Zala is also the president of the Slovenian PRM society and the national manager for the PRM residents. 

        Biography - Nika Bolle

        Nika Bolle is a Slovenian clinical psychologist. She leads an interdisciplinary rehabilitation team that specializes in chronic pain management in adult patients at the University Rehabilitation Institute Republic of Slovenia. Currently she is developing a new health programme for late adolescents and young adults with chronic non-malignant pain. She is involved in a multi-year project implementing interdisciplinary chronic pain management in Slovenian primary healthcare. Her other clinical work includes patient selection in spinal cord stimulation. 

        Fee: 20€

      • Moderator: Prof. Dr. Gulseren Akyuz

        • Importance of EMG in PMR practice- how to order and report? - Prof Dr Gulseren Akyuz (15 minutes)
        • Radiculopathies, when and why EMG? - Assoc. Prof.  Dr. Esra Giray (15 minutes)
        • Is EMG grading meaningful in entrapment neuropathies? - Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ozge Kenis-Coskun  (15 minutes)
        • Peripheral neuropathies- Prof. Dr. Evrim Karadag-Saygi  (15 minutes)
        • Case-based discussion (Gulseren Akyuz, Evrim Karadag-Saygi, Esra Giray, Ozge Kenis-Coskun) (30minutes)