Disciplines: Physical Therapy
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Keelan Enseki, MS, PT, OCS, SCS, ATC, CSCS
Peer Reviewer(s): Alexis Wright, PT, PhD, DPT, FAAOMPT
Item#: Q3475
Contents: 1 Course Book (68 pages)

Osteoarthritis of the Hip: Rehabilitation and Treatment Strategies



Price $29.95
Item # Q3475
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Osteoarthritis (OA) of the hip joint is the most common cause of hip pain in older adults. Despite this relatively high prevalence rate, only limited literature focuses on conservative treatment of the condition and current practice patterns do not consistently follow recommendations from the published guidelines. Intervention strategies are often based upon anecdotal reasoning as opposed to strength of evidence.  Passive treatment strategies and physical modalities are often overused, when graded exercise and patient education should be emphasized. Structured and progressive rehabilitation strategies rooted in evidence-based practice are needed to treat individuals with hip OA. Appropriate evaluation and rehabilitation has the potential to decrease the use of medication and surgical procedures while maximizing patients’ quality of life.        

This basic-level course is designed to provide physical therapists and physical therapist assistants with a comprehensive overview of current evidence-based treatment strategies for patients with hip OA. The course reviews the pathomechanical changes that are associated with hip OA and discusses nonmodifiable and modifiable risk factors. To give the practitioner a “clinical picture” of patients with hip OA, the course also presents the components required to make an accurate clinical diagnosis. Common physical function and patient-reported outcome measures are discussed so that the reader can effectively determine whether progress is being made during treatment. The course describes treatment options, along with their associated strength of support in the literature. Finally, the course reviews surgical procedures and common pharmacological agents that are used to treat hip OA. With this knowledge, physical therapists should be able to effectively evaluate and provide a physical therapy diagnosis for patients with hip OA. Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants should be able to implement effective treatment strategies as well as determine the effectiveness of prescribed treatment.


Texas - This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #1611021TX and meets continuing competence requirements for PT & PTA license renewal in Texas.

California - Approved by the PT Bd. of California through Net Education Design, an agency recognized by the board to approve courses that meet PT Regulations.

Florida PTs & PTAs - Approved by the Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA) approval #CE16-25976. Approval of this course does not necessarily imply FPTA supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the pathoanatomical changes typical of the progression of osteoarthritis of the hip joint.
  • Identify risk factors in the development of hip joint osteoarthritis.
  • Describe the findings for diagnosing osteoarthritis of the hip, including patient presentation, clinical examination, and diagnostic imaging.
  • List appropriate outcome measures used with individuals with osteoarthritis of the hip joint.
  • Describe physical therapy, pharmacological, and surgical interventions that can be used in treating hip joint osteoarthritis.
Keelan Enseki, MS, PT, OCS, SCS, ATC, CSCS, received master’s degrees in physical therapy and health and rehabilitation science from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to completing a 2-year sports physical therapy residency program at the University of Pittsburgh, he is a certified athletic trainer and is a board-certified orthopedic and sports clinical specialist. As a senior staff physical therapist at Centers for Rehab Services/UPMC Center for Sports Medicine, Mr. Enseki specializes in treating an active population with a special focus on hip disorders. He also serves as director of the UPMC Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program. Mr. Enseki has presented extensively on rehabilitation of the hip and has coauthored several published articles and a book chapter on hip conditions. He recently participated in the development of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Clinical Practice Guidelines for hip osteoarthritis.
Alexis Wright, PT, PhD, DPT, FAAOMPT, received her doctor of physical therapy degree from Duke University and a PhD in clinical research from the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, where her doctoral research focused on osteoarthritis of the hip. She is currently an assistant professor at High Point University and is active in research on hip and other musculoskeletal conditions. In addition to presenting her research at conferences around the world, Dr. Wright has published extensively on hip and knee osteoarthritis and other topics in several peer-reviewed journals and has authored two book chapters. She has also served as a manuscript reviewer for publications such as Physical Therapy, Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, and Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
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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.