Hip & Knee

Hip and Knee: Complex Understanding for Simple Solutions

Intended Audience:

Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Athletic Trainers, and students of those fields

Contact Hours 15/CEU 1.5

This course meets the standards for 15 hours of continuing education by most state physical therapy boards. Please contact your state board for details on their specific requirements.

The Science PT (BOC AP#: P3211) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 15 Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.

Available for 2020 – 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:

  • Describe 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
  • Explain how to manipulate biomechanics to alter symptom presentation in hip and knee pathologies
  • Implement a simple screening tool for identifying those at risk for injury
  • Rank primary goals of postoperative rehabilitation to stay focused on key factors to reduce second injury and maximize return to sport function
  • Develop a targeted and streamlined exercise progression for maximal benefit
  • Give a basic description of dynamical systems and how that applies to rehabilitation


Day 1

08:00 - 08:45

Introduction/How to science

08:45 - 09:45

Understanding human movement as a dynamical system

09:45 - 10:00


10:00 - 11:00

Overview of hip pathologies

11:00 - 12:00

Examination of the hip (Lecture/Lab)

12:00 - 13:00

Lunch (on your own)

13:00 - 14:15

Operative and postoperative management of hip pathologies

14:15 - 15:30

Exercise considerations for hip rehabilitation (Lecture/Lab)

15:30 - 15:45


15:45 - 17:00

Overview of knee pathologies and biomechanics

17:00 - 18:00

Examination of the knee (Lecture/Lab)

Day 2

08:00 - 09:30

Mechanisms of ACL injuries/Injury reduction strategies

09:30 - 10:30

Operative management of knee pathologies

10:30 - 10:45


10:45 - 12:00

Postoperative rehab of knee pathologies/Return to play decision making

12:00 - 13:00

Lunch (on your own)

13:00 - 15:30

Exercise progressions for knee rehabilitation (Lecture/Lab)

15:30 - 15:45

Final Comments/Conclusion

Scheduled dates

April 6-7, 2019
Hip and Knee: Complex Understanding for Simple Solutions
Omaha, NE
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May 4-5, 2019
Hip and Knee: Complex Understanding for Simple Solutions
Build Physio
Bozeman, MT
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June 1-2, 2019
Hip and Knee: Complex Understanding for Simple Solutions
Statera Idrettsklinikk
Sandnes, Norway
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