Hip and Knee: Complex Understanding for Simple Solutions

Hip and Knee: Complex Understanding for Simple Solutions

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Intended Audience:

Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Athletic Trainers, and related professions/students of those fields


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 15.0 hour 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 is presented in a way that is simple to understand and even simpler to implement by focusing on key concepts in a hierarchical format. Recorded in late 2021


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
  • 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 lower extremity dysfunction
  • Describe the most effective programs for reducing the risk for lower extremity injuries
  • Prioritize primary goals of postoperative rehabilitation to 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


  • Introduction/Course Overview
  • Applying Science to Practice
  • Understanding human movement as a dynamical system
  • Envelope of Function
  • Overview of knee pathologies and biomechanics
  • Mechanisms of ACL injuries/Injury reduction strategies
  • Postoperative rehab of knee pathologies/Return to play decision making
  • Exercise progressions for knee rehabilitation (Lecture/Live Demonstration)
  • Knee cases
  • Overview of hip pathologies
  • Examination of the hip
  • Postoperative management of intra-articular pathologies
  • Nonoperative management of hip pathologies (Lecture/Live Demonstration)
  • Final Comments/Conclusion/Summary


This course is presented by Erik Meira, PT, DPT who is currently the director of the Physical Therapy Science Communication Group based out of Portland, OR, USA, a company that specializes in sports rehabilitation and education, and is a clinical advisor to the University of Portland NCAA Division I program. He is an ABPTS Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist and an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with extensive experience in the management of sports injuries at many different levels. He is a frequent consultant for organizations within the NCAA, NBA, NFL, MLS, WNSL, and other elite sports leagues.

Dr. Meira has authored several articles and textbook chapters and lectures internationally in small private team settings all the way through being the keynote speaker at large professional conferences. Known for his ability to make complex ideas simple to understand with a humorous delivery style, he covers topics such as the hip, knee, exercise prescription, returning athletes to sport, science application, applied biomechanics, and PT practice models. Previously he was the founder and the original chair of the Hip Special Interest Group of the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy (AASPT), served as their APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) Program Chair, and was a member of the AASPT Executive Committee. He is also the co-host of PT Inquest, a podcast dedicated to understanding physical therapy science and provides continuing education through The Science PT.

Contact Hours 15.0/CEU 15.0

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 15.0 Category A hours/CEUs.

Hip and Knee: Complex Understanding for Simple Solutions is approved by AC Training and Seminars, California Approval Provider for Physical Therapists. Approval #106 for 1.5 CEU (15 Hours)

This course meets the standards for 15.0 hours of continuing education by most state physical therapy boards. For more information on CEU, check out our Continuing Education Credit page.


Once registered, you will have 6 months to complete the course. You will have unlimited access during that time.

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