• Physical Therapy
  • Physical Therapy Assistants
Hours: 4 Contact Hours
Author(s): David Kohlrieser, DPT, OCS, SCS, CSCS
Peer Reviewer(s): Michael Wahoff, PT, SCS, OCS
Item#: Q3503
Contents: 1 Course Book (92 pages)
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Nonarthritic Hip Pain: Current Concepts in Conservative and Postoperative Rehabilitation

Price $39.95
Item # Q3503
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: March 23, 2016

Nonarthritic hip joint pain can be due to a variety of intra-articular pathologies, including acetabular labral tears, femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), structural instability, chondral lesions, loose bodies and ligamentum teres tears. Acetabular labral tears and FAI have recently received a significant amount of attention as potential sources of hip pain in the absence of osteoarthritis at the hip in younger and more athletic populations. Nonarthritic hip pain may lead to avoidance of or decreased participation in a variety of activities and a significant reduction in an individual’s quality of life. There has also been increased interest in the identification and understanding of the underlying mechanisms leading to the development of acetabular labral tears. Physical therapists have an integral role in the early identification of nonarthritic hip symptoms, accurate diagnoses allowing for more effective treatment and rehabilitation, and in providing education specific to activity modification and injury risk reduction.

Although advancements in imaging technology and protocols have allowed improved understanding and identification of underlying causes of hip pain, there remains a lack of evidence relating specific abnormalities identified with symptoms and functional limitations. Despite increasing awareness and available evidence related to nonarthritic hip pain, diagnosis and efficient management remain challenging. In fact, on average it takes 21 months for individuals to receive a definitive diagnosis after the onset of their pain/symptoms. This delay results in increased frustration for the individual as well as significant reductions in his or her activity levels. If clinicians are made aware of meaningful subjective reports and findings during examination, the efficiency of medical care for this population should improve.   

The information in this intermediate-level course focuses mainly on FAI and acetabular labral tears with some discussion of hip instability, chondral injury, and commonly related extra-articular pathologies. In addition, this course covers the pertinent anatomy, evidence-supported evaluation techniques, and conservative and postoperative rehabilitation, as well as return-to-sport considerations and functional activities, specific to this population.


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.

Pennsylvania PTs & PTAs – Course Approval #PTCE011767

California PTs & PTAsCalifornia 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.Ohio PTs & PTAs – Approved by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association, Approval #17S5739
Florida PTs & PTAs - Course Approval #CE17-575633
Oklahoma PTs & PTAs - Approved by the Oklahoma State Board of Physical Therapy, Approval #201710637

Florida PTs & PTAs – The Florida Board of Physical Therapy accepts this course based on its pre-approval by the Ohio PT Association.

Course Objectives

  • Identify the etiology and pathology of different types of nonarthritic hip pain
  • Describe the clinical examination and diagnostic imaging techniques used with an individual with nonarthritic hip pain
  • Describe the conservative management of an individual with nonarthritic hip pain
  • Describe the surgical management and postoperative rehabilitation of an individual with nonarthritic hip pain


David Kohlrieser, DPT, OCS, SCS, CSCS, completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Ohio University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology and a doctor of physical therapy degree. He completed a sports physical therapy residency program with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Centers for Rehab Services. He was appointed a faculty member for the sports and orthopedic residency programs while employed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Center for Sports Medicine. He is a board-certified sports and orthopedic clinical specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). He is also certified as a strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. His professional sports experiences include an affiliation with the Pittsburgh Steelers and employment as a physical therapist for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was previously a faculty member of the sports physical therapy residency program at OSU Sports Medicine at The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Kohlrieser is currently employed at Orthopedic One in Columbus, Ohio, where he is working directly with a nationally recognized hip surgeon and coordinating rehabilitation for a wide variety of surgical and nonsurgical hip conditions. He has published several articles and book chapters related to intra- and extra-articular hip conditions.


Michael Wahoff, PT, SCS, OCS, has been an orthopedic and sports physical therapist for more than 25 years. Mr. Wahoff graduated from St. Louis University’s program in physical therapy in 1990 and spent 10 years working as a staff physical therapist at St. Louis University’s Orthopedic Rehabilitation Center. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at St. Louis University’s Program in Physical Therapy. After taking off 2 years to travel, Michael spent 9 years at Howard Head Sports Medicine Center in Vail, Colorado. For 7 of those years he was the lead therapist for Dr. Marc Philippon, a leading expert in the arthroscopic treatment of hip pathologies, with emphases in femoroacetabular impingement and labral-chondral dysfunction. At Howard Head, Mr. Wahoff specialized in postsurgical and nonoperative rehabilitation of the hip and knee. Mr. Wahoff is currently practicing as an individual private physical therapist in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been a sports certified specialist of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) for 10 years and an orthopedic certified specialist for 7 years. He is a member of both sections of APTA. Michael has taught multiple courses in Vail, St. Louis, and Chicago on advances in the evaluation and treatment of the athletic hip. He has coauthored papers and published in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters.

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  • 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
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  • There are no prerequisites for this course