An Overview of Hip and Knee Rehabilitation for the Physical Therapist, Updated

About the Course:
Due to the anatomy and importance of the essential functions of the hips and knees, severe pain in either one or both of these areas can have a direct adverse effect on everyday life and can severely reduce quality of life. There is a biomechanical reliance on each of these joints to function optimally during activities of daily living. Approximately 22% of the general population suffers from knee pain, and knee and hip pain are even more common in older people (Damen, 2019). Disruption in either one can result in aberrant movements of the other, and they rely on coordination and common nerve and muscular performance during ambulation. This course will focus on these two joints individually and as they relate to each other, and discuss various symptoms, treatments, and effective plans of treatment for optimum patient outcome.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe the functional relationship and physical therapy examination of the hip and knee.
  • Identify valid and reliable outcome measures for the hip.
  • Describe hip pathologies and their physical therapy interventions.
  • Identify valid and reliable outcome measures for the knee
  • Describe knee pathologies and their physical therapy interventions.

About the Author:
Amanda Olson, PT, DPT, PRPC,
earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Pacific University in 2005, and a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from Regis University in 2008, graduating as a member of the Jesuit National Honor Society. She holds a Certification of Achievement in pelvic floor physical therapy (CAPP-PF) through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), and the Pelvic Floor Practitioner Certification (PRPC) through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Institute. She is also a certified Stott Pilates instructor and running coach, which she finds useful in curating treatment approaches.

How to Receive Credit:
  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Depending on your state requirements you will be asked to:
    • Complete a mandatory test (a passing score of 75 percent is required). Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory Course Evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.


Resolution of Conflict of Interest
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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

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