Health Professionals, Here's How to Understand Research

About the Course
With the introduction of direct access, privately-owned PT clinics, and telehealth, physical therapists play an important role in screening and referral of patients to the appropriate medical providers. The focus of this course is to differentiate between exclusive musculoskeletal origin or pain secondary to other systemic causes and to identify any red flags. An in-depth look at lower extremity differential diagnosis is covered to enable therapists to become knowledgeable about referral criteria to the physician, perform special tests, and be updated with the latest clinical practice guidelines of the hip, knee, and ankle-foot joints. This aids in providing effective timely treatment to the patient, identifying red flags, and thus, saving time and resources.

Learning Objectives 
  • Identify red and yellow flags related to hip pain.
  • Identify MSK differential diagnosis of hip pain.
  • Identify orthopedic special tests of hip pain.
  • Identify differential diagnosis of MSK knee pain.
  • Identify systemic differential diagnosis of knee pain.
  • Identify MSK differential diagnosis of knee pain.
  • Identify MSK differential diagnosis of ankle pain.
  • Identify systemic differential diagnosis of ankle pain.

About the Author
Dr. Rina Pandya, PT, DPT, has an extensive physical therapy career that spans over 20 years, through the UK, the USA and the Middle East. She has worked in NHS (National Health Service), American health care providing PT services in acute care, in-patient rehab, skilled nursing facility, home healthcare and outpatient clinic. In addition to being a clinician she has developed specialty programs based on evidence-based practice in her role as a project manager. She has also managed a Physical Therapy department as Department Head in premier private hospital in Oman.

Rina graduated from Manipal University, India in 2000 as well as University of Michigan, in 2018 with a Doctor of Physical Therapy. She has also been an educator with Summit Professional Education conducting live seminars. Rina is a member of the APTA, HCPC-UK and OAP-Oman.

How to Receive Credit
  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Answer the final examination questions at the end of the course. A passing grade of 75% 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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