Hip and Knee

Hip and Knee: Complex Understanding for Simple Solutions

Approved for 1.2 CEUs by California Physical Therapy Association: #16-324

Available for 2018 – Contact me if your facility would like to host this course. For full schedule of all courses go to Courses page.


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.


Erik Meira


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explore the current understanding of the mechanisms of injury in non-arthritic intra-articular hip pathologies and knee injuries
  • 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
  • Understand special considerations regarding extra-articular hip pathology
  • Describe the most effective programs for reducing the risk for lower extremity injuries
  • Focus on primary goals of postoperative rehabilitation to maximize return to sport function
  • Develop a targeted and streamlined exercise progression for maximal benefit
  • Consider the complexity of human movement and how it applies to rehabilitation


Day 1

09:00 - 09:30

Introduction and core concepts of scientific discussions

09:30 - 10:45

Understanding human movement

10:45 - 11:00


11:00 - 11:45

Overview of intra-articular hip pathologies

11:45 - 12:30

Overview of extra-articular hip pathologies

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch (on your own)

13:30 - 14:30

Examination of the Hip (Lecture/lab)

14:30 - 15:15

Nonoperative management of hip pathologies

15:15 - 15:30


15:30 - 16:00

Surgical management of hip pathologies

16:00 - 17:00

Postoperative management of hip pathologies

Day 2

09:00 - 10:00

Overview of knee pathologies

10:00 - 10:45

Mechanisms of knee injuries/Injury reduction strategies

10:45 - 11:00


11:00 - 12:00

Surgical management of knee pathologies

12:00 - 13:00

Lunch (on your own)

13:00 - 14:00

Postoperative rehab of knee pathologies/Return to play decision making

14:00 - 15:30

Exercise progressions for lower extremity rehabilitation (Lecture/lab)

15:30 - 15:45

Final Comments/Conclusion

Contact Hours 12/CEU 1.2

Scheduled dates

January 21-22, 2017
San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation/Fresno State University
Fresno, CA

April 8-9, 2017
Bridger Orthopedic-West Location
Bozeman, MT

May 20-21, 2017
Marymount University
Arlington, VA

August 5-6, 2017
Hip and Knee: Complex Understanding for Simple Solutions
Absolute Health & Performance
Melbourne, VIC, Australia
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August 12-13, 2017
Hip and Knee: Complex Understanding for Simple Solutions
Balmain Sports Medicine
Sydney, NSW, Australia
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September 8-9, 2017
Hip and Knee: Complex Understanding for Simple Solutions
Black Diamond Physical Therapy
Portland, OR
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September 22-23, 2017
Hip and Knee: Complex Understanding for Simple Solutions
Nijmegen, Netherlands
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September 26-27, 2017
Hip and Knee: Complex Understanding for Simple Solutions
United MSK Professionals of Finland
Helsinki, Finland
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September 30 – October 1, 2017
Hip and Knee: Complex Understanding for Simple Solutions
Capio Artro Clinic Globen
Stockholm, Sweden
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November 4-5, 2017
Hip and Knee: Complex Understanding for Simple Solutions
Los Gatos Orthopedic Sports Therapy
Los Gatos, CA
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