Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Symposium in EMU

By Ahmet Abdulaziz …..

The First National Eastern Mediterranean Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Symposium commenced at Eastern Mediterranean University, Afşin Hall on 26th April 2019.

The symposium started with a moment of silence and the national anthem. The academic staff of the Music Teaching Program of the university presented a mini concert before the opening speeches of the symposium.

According to the information provided by the university, in his opening speech Prof. Dr. İnci Yüksel stated that it is now a necessity to share and exchange information in order to follow the developments in science and technology. Emphasizing the need to constantly work and renew information to keep up with this rapidly changing scientific era, Prof. Dr. Yüksel added that “We have to keep the soil of scientific creativity moist,”.

In a speech of her own, EMU Health Sciences Faculty Dean Prof. Dr. Mehtap Malkoç underlined that EMU Health Sciences Faculty has gained a great momentum in a short period of time and that their main objective is to take the field of health sciences in the country to further levels. Prof. Dr. Malkoç also stated that their primary target is educating health scientists who will serve for the processing, sharing, and holistic evaluation of information and ultimately its use for the benefit of  society.

The symposium then continued at 11:00 a.m. with a panel entitled “New Approaches in the Treatment of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries” chaired by Prof. Dr. Halit Pınar and Prof. Dr. Filiz Can. In the panel, Prof. Dr. Halit Pınar talked about “Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction”, Assoc. Prof Dr. Aydan Aytar provided information on “The Importance of Prevention and Proprioception in Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries”, Prof. Dr. Filiz Can delivered a session entitled “Innovations in the Rehabilitation of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries” and Prof. Dr. Defne Kaya presented information on “Return to Sport after Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries”.

The event continued at 2:00 p.m. with a conference chaired by Prof. Dr. Nihal Ekici Gelecek and Expert Phys. Şahveren Çakartaş. During the conference, Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences Prof. Dr. Mehtap Malkoç delivered a presentation entitled “Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Approaches after Orthopedic Surgery”. The conference continued with a panel entitled “Ankle Ligament and Tendon Injuries”.

On the second day of the symposium expert academic staff members offered panels under the titles of “Spine: Disc Pathologies”, “Current Approaches in Knee Arthroplasty”, “Current Approaches in Patellofemoral Pain Rehabilitation” and “Athlete Shoulder and Rehabilitation”. The second day finished with oral presentations.

On the third day of the symposium, Expert Physiotherapist Kadriye Balcı Tombak offered a workshop under the title of “Evaluation and Treatment of Scoliosis with Schroth Method”, Assist. Prof. Dr. Özge Çakır delivered information on “Tai Chi Applications in Orthopedic Rehabilitation” and Prof. Dr. Nur Tunalı held a workshop entitled “Reflexology”.