Musculoskeletal Congress 2017

Detailed Program

The WFH 15th International Musculoskeletal Congress from May 5 to 7, 2017 will feature a robust program of plenary, informational, clinical and “Meet the Experts” sessions, satellite symposia, abstract-driven free papers and poster presentations, as well as networking and social events. This important event in the hemophilia community will truly offer something for everyone—from people new to the industry to veterans in musculoskeletal approaches to hemophilia.

Congress Program (updated April 21, 2017)
Program at a Glance (updated April 27, 2017)

Here are some highlights from the Congress program:


Join us the morning of Friday, May 5 for a plenary session on the evolution in the treatment of musculoskeletal issues in hemophilia. “Driving Ahead with One Eye on the Rear-view Mirror” will connect the history of the WFH MSK Committee to current trends and new directions for Orthopedic and Rehabilitation management. 

Information sessions

Going beyond the issues of physical impairment to examine the ability of people with hemophilia to achieve peak performance, “Skill Acquisition – At What Cost?”, will discuss training techniques, the physical cost of extreme athletic pursuit, and the participation in physical activity of a population that has joint disease and previous arthroplasty. The session will examine the topic from the perspective of the treatment team as well as the person with hemophilia.

Clinical sessions

One clinical session will address the question “Is it possible and is it correct to perform clinical assessment, manual therapy and surgery in people with hemophilia considering different single joints?” The “Kinetic chain / upper limb” session will explore and underline how it is important—especially for haemophilic arthropathy—to have a “global approach” while still taking the laws of biomechanics into account.

The main hallmark of joint involvement of haemohilic arthropathy is always synovitis. Management of joint disease in PWH has typically focused on the diagnosis and treatment of chronic synovitis. The goal of this session is to educate and increase knowledge on pathogenesis, clinical and radiological diagnosis, and surgical and non-surgical treatment of synovitis.

Meet the experts sessions

It is said that good results come from experience and experience comes from bad results. Lessons Learned will cover the challenges that have faced people involved in hemophilia over the years, how we have met those challenges, and what we can learn from the experiences of others in the field.

Consultation Corner 

The WFH 15th International Musculoskeletal Congress program committee is pleased, once again, to offer participants the opportunity to share their most challenging cases—covering any facet of care for patients with haemophilia—with our experienced panel of providers. The Consultation Corner is an informal open forum that welcomes cases from the floor. 

Those who are interested in participating are encouraged to submit their topic in advance as a PowerPoint presentation. We welcome both simple and complex cases where the panel’s advice can be beneficial or where lessons can be learned. The ensuing discussion is usually lively, informative and often helpful in solving the problem in question. 

We hope you will join us in at the WFH 15th International Musculoskeletal Congress this May to connect and exchange ideas with your international colleagues in the field of musculoskeletal research.

Updated April 2017