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Disciplines:
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Joseph Zeni Jr., PT, PhD
Peer Reviewer(s): Diane M. Heislein, PT, DPT, OCS
Item#: Q3527
Contents: 1 Course Book (58 pages)
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Evidence-Based Management of Knee Osteoarthritis


Price $29.95
Item # Q3527
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: January 10, 2018

Expiration Date: January 10, 2021

The purpose of this intermediate level course is to provide physical therapists and physical therapist assistants with up-to date, evidence-based information pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of knee OA. Although this course will be most applicable to physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who work with older individuals in outpatient settings, the increased incidence of OA makes the information in this course relevant to therapists in a variety of settings. Even therapists who specialize and treat patients in areas other than orthopaedic settings will likely encounter individuals whose OA affects their participation, mobility, or function.

California PTs & PTAs -  Approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California through Net Education Design, Inc., an agency recognized by the board to approved courses that meet Physical Therapy Regulations 1399.96.

Texas PTs & PTAs - This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #1911021TX and meets continuing competence requirements for PT & PTA license renewal in Texas.

Ohio PTs & PTAs - Approval #18S7394 (6/12/18 to 6/12/19)

Florida & Indiana PTs & PTAs – PT boards in your state accept this course based on pre-approval by the Ohio PT Association.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the anatomical structures of the lower extremity affected by knee osteoarthritis.
  • Explain the disease process and epidemiology of knee osteoarthritis.
  • Describe components of a physical therapy evaluation for patients with knee osteoarthritis.
  • Discuss interventions commonly used by physical therapists to reduce symptoms and impairments associated with knee osteoarthritis.
  • Identify factors that may make someone a candidate for surgical and conservative treatments of knee osteoarthritis.

Joseph Zeni Jr., PT, PhD, received his master’s degree in physical therapy from Quinnipiac University and spent several years working at the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopaedics in Baltimore, Maryland. There, he treated individuals across the age spectrum with a variety of complicated joint disorders. He attended the University of Delaware for his doctorate in the Biomechanics and Movement Science program, after which he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Delaware, where he investigated clinical outcomes before and after knee and hip arthroplasty. Currently, Dr. Zeni is an associate professor in the Physical Therapy Program at Rutgers University, where he teaches the anatomy components of the doctorate of physical therapy curriculum. His research focuses on biomechanical and clinical outcomes in older adults with hip and knee osteoarthritis. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles pertaining to osteoarthritis and has received grants from private foundations and the National Institutes of Health supporting his work in this area.

Diane M. Heislein, PT, DPT, OCS, is a licensed physical therapist with more than 30 years of clinical experience and has been a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist for the past 25 years. Her clinical practice over these years has consistently included management of patients with osteoarthritis, including total joint arthroplasty rehabilitation. In addition, she is a faculty member in the doctor of physical therapy program at Boston University. She is responsible for teaching the lower extremity orthopedic course in this program, which includes the evaluation and treatment of patients with osteoarthritis. Dr. Heislein has authored five textbook chapters, a home study course, and a clinical summary for PTNow.org on joint arthroplasty. She has been an invited speaker on physical therapy management of osteoarthritis at regional and national conferences.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.