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Hip and Knee: Complex Understanding for Simple Solutions

Hip and Knee: Complex Understanding for Simple Solutions

Instructor: Erik Meira, PT, DPT
Date: Saturday December 3rd and Sunday December 4th , 2022
Location: Mesa West; 425 N. Stapley Dr. Ste. 105, Mesa AZ 85203
Time: Saturday 8:00am – 6:00pm and Sunday 8:00am – 3:45pm
Number of CEUs: 15.5
Type of CEUs: PT, PTA: Illinois State Licensing Board Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR)
AT: BOC Category A
Education Level: Essential
Target Audience: PT, PTA, AT
Non-Athletico Clinician Registration: Email to register and receive instructions for how to submit payment
Non-Athletico Clinician Cost: $675
Required Materials & Supplies: None
Course Description: The hip and knee are a complex pairing comprising the structural and functional core of many human movements, from ADL to sport. Rehab professionals such as physical therapists and athletic trainers are in a unique position to evaluate, treat, and oversee the recovery of patients with hip and knee injuries. They also often find themselves in the position to assist with developing injury reduction programs for active populations. Having a deeper understanding of what is known and not known can help professionals develop the most effective programs to address these issues.

This two-day course will include lecture and lab demonstration to explore the complexity of the hip and the knee. Topics including femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), acetabular labral and chondral injuries, tendinopathies in the region such as gluteal, psoas, and patellar, ligamentous injuries, meniscal tears, and patellofemoral pain (PFP) will be discussed. There will also be extensive exploration of postoperative management and return to play strategies for common procedures such as anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR), femoroplasty, and labral and meniscal repairs.

This complex content will be presented in a way that is simple to understand and even simpler to implement by focusing on key concepts in a hierarchical format.

Hip and Knee,
Course Objectives:
1. Use a funnel analogy to simplify the complexities of evidence-based practice
2. Describe the current understanding of the mechanisms of injury in non-arthritic intra-articular hip pathologies
3. Perform a simple screen for hip patients that would benefit from early surgical consult and for athletes that may be at higher risk for knee injury or second injury
4. Explain how to manipulate biomechanics to alter symptom presentation in lower extremity dysfunction
5. Describe the most effective programs for reducing the risk for lower extremity injuries
6. Prioritize primary goals of postoperative rehabilitation to maximize return to sport function
7. Develop a targeted and streamlined exercise progression for maximal benefit
8. Give a basic description of dynamical systems and how that applies to rehabilitation
Course Agenda: Day 1
08:00 – 10:15 Applying science to practice
10:15 – 11:15 Understanding human movement as a dynamical system
11:15 – 12:00 Overview of knee pathologies and biomechanics
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch (on your own)
13:00 – 13:30 Overview of knee pathologies and biomechanics (continued)
13:30 – 14:00 Examination of the knee (Lecture/Live Demonstration)
14:00 – 15:45 Mechanisms of ACL injuries/Injury reduction strategies
15:45 – 18:00 Postoperative rehab of knee pathologies/Return to play decision making

Day 2
08:00 – 09:15 Exercise progressions for knee rehabilitation (Lecture/Live Demonstration)
09:15 – 10:15 Knee cases
10:15 – 11:00 Overview of hip pathologies
11:00 – 12:00 Examination of the hip (Lecture/Live Demonstration)
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch (on your own)
13:00 – 14:30 Operative and postoperative management of hip pathologies
14:30 – 15:30 Exercise considerations for hip rehabilitation (Lecture/Live Demonstration)
15:30 – 15:45 Final Comments/Conclusion

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