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2022 – Aquatic Therapy’s Role in Regenerative Medicine

Intermediate / Half-Day Lecture
Chicago, IL / Saturday, November 13, 2021 – 8:00-11:00 am / 3.0 credit hours
(Classroom: 8:00-11:00 am)

Faculty: Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS, ATRIC

COURSE DESCRIPTION: There may not be the fountain of youth that magically restores our bodies to out younger selves, however, there is a growing popularity of Regenerative Medicine and techniques. There are sections of the population looking for alternatives to surgery and medication. This course will discuss the current research on common regenerative medicine techniques, including stem cell injections for the treatment of OA, and the role aquatic therapy and exercise can play in the success in these strategies. Instead of a pool lab, video of pool exercise will be presented and will focus on load management and key functional activities with the goal of successful return to land function.

1) Define the difference between stem cell therapy, PRP and prolotherapy treatments.
2) State the current research findings (benefits and limitations) in respect to regenerative procedures as they relate to the treatment of osteoarthritis.
3) Apply, cue and progress functional aquatic exercise to maximize success of these procedures including load management and physiological recovery.

FACULTY: Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS, ATRIC, is a licensed physical therapist with many years of experience in orthopedic and aquatic therapy. As the owner of North County Water and Sports Therapy Center in San Diego (, she continues with hands-on clinical care in addition to her role as educator. Since graduating from the University of Connecticut in 1991, Beth has belonged to the American Physical Therapy Association and has achieved certification as a Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. In January 2006, she graduated from Boston University with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Additional certifications include Certified STOTT Pilates™ instructor and Master Instructor for the Burdenko Method.

Beth not only provides continuing education for health care professionals, she is an adjunct faculty in the San Diego Mesa College PTA program, teaching Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Introduction to Pathology courses. She also provides the learning module/instruction on aquatic therapy to the University of St. Augustine San Diego Campus DPT program. She is the recipient of the 2010 ATRI Tsunami Spirit Award and the 2012 ATRI Professional Award.