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Course Overview

Evaluating the hip can be a challenge. Clinicians must be able to identify the most appropriate tests based on the patient’s presentation. Once the diagnosis is determined, it is important to restore proper arthrokinematics by using the most suitable joint mobilization technique. This module provides physical therapists with an overview of the hip anatomy and guidelines for differential diagnosis. Evaluation techniques and special tests to support a diagnosis of hip impingement, labrum pathology, and soft tissue disorders are presented. Learners will gain an understanding of current treatment guidelines, including joint and soft tissue mobilization.

About the Course Author

Matthew R. Wertman holds a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. He achieved a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from West Virginia University. Matt has gained experience as a Physical Therapist in a variety of different settings including outpatient orthopedics, inpatient rehabilitation, and home health. He has a strong background in manual therapy and has additional training and experience in functional and trigger-point based dry needling, as well as Mulligan and McKenzie techniques, focusing on mobilization and effective assessment and treatment strategies.  He is passionate about promoting independence through education and functional-based rehabilitation. Matt is a Physical Therapy Writer that enjoys being able to combine his clinical knowledge with his interest in research to promote advances in the field of rehabilitation. Matthew Wertman, PT, DPT has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

Chaitali Patel completed her Bachelor in Physiotherapy in 1999 and earned her Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2012 from A.T. Still University in Arizona. After completion of extensive research and case studies in area of physical therapy treatment after total joint replacement, she successfully became a Master Clinician in Total Joint Rehabilitation in 2016. Chaitali is an Otago Certified Therapist for fall prevention and a Certified Expert in Applied Geriatric Neurology (CEAGN). In 2018 Chaitali became a Board-Certified Geriatrics Clinical Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). A lifelong learner, Chaitali’s professional areas of interest include working with older adults to on fall risk, strength and conditioning, orthopedic and neurologic disorders, total shoulder, hip and knee arthroplasty/replacements, and rehabilitation of active and medically complex older adults.

Chaitali Patel, PT, DPT, GCS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

  • Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy


    This course is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy and offered to PTs and PTAs for 1.0 contact hours.
  • Hawaii Board of Physical Therapy Licensing


    The Hawaii Board of Physical Therapy accepts courses approved by another state or jurisdiction’s physical therapy board. This course is approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California and offered to PTs and PTAs for CEUs. This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours.
  • Alabama State Board of Physical Therapy


    The Alabama Board of Physical Therapy recognizes the completion of distance learning courses as maintenance of continuing competence. This course is approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California and offered to PTs and PTAs for CEUs. This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours.

Course Details
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    Online Course
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Choosee a clinical test for at least four muscles surrounding the hip.; Identify two types of hip impingement and associated mechanisms.; Identify two ways to detect osseous pathology.; Recall how to perform at least two tests to incriminate the labrum.; Recognize at least two mobilization techniques to increase hip mobility.
  • Outline:

    Section 1: Introduction
    About This Course
    Learning Objectives
    Section 2: Orthopedic Examination of the Hip
    Hip Anatomy
    Initial Survey and Medical Screening
    Physical Examination
    Osseous Pathology Tests
    Femoroacetabular Impingement
    Extra-articular Impingement
    Labral Pathology
    Athletic Pubalgia
    Other Muscular Tests
    Joint Arthrokinematics
    Hip Mobilization Techniques
    Section 3: Clinical Vignette
    Meet Steven
    Section 4: Conclusion
    Course Contributors
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Physical Therapists; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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    All courses offered by Relias, LLC are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the course content.
    Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, service mark, manufacturer or otherwise does not constitute or imply any endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of, or affiliation with, Relias, LLC.
    All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
  • Accommodations:

    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Customer Support here.
  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.
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