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  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Diane M. Heislein, PT, DPT, OCS
Peer Reviewer(s): Joseph Zeni, PT, PhD
Item#: Q3509
Contents: 1 Course Book (66 pages)
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Total Knee Arthroplasty: Current Concepts in Physical Therapy Management

Price $29.95
Item # Q3509
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: March 10, 2017

Expiration Date: March 10, 2020

In the United States, total knee arthroplasty is one of the most common elective surgical procedures with more than 700,000 procedures performed each year. Research is ongoing, but most experts contend that for the most successful postoperative outcome, rehabilitation is an essential component of recovery.  Physical therapists must have an in-depth knowledge of current best practice for this population to maximize their return to function and quality of life. Additionally, with the emergence of new reimbursement models for Total Joint Replacement care, it is essential for physical therapy practitioners to utilize the most appropriate outcome measures in data collection and reporting.  The purpose of this intermediate level course is to provide physical therapists and physical therapist assistants with a comprehensive overview of the many considerations surrounding knee replacement surgery, including the relevant anatomy, epidemiology, patient selection criteria, surgical considerations, common postoperative complications, and rehabilitation strategies.  This course discusses the pre and postoperative patient management, rehabilitation goals and treatment in the acute, post-acute, and functional recovery stages.  This course, which is relevant for physical therapists and physical therapy assistants, provides evidence-based research that supports rehabilitation treatment methods and outcomes following total knee arthroplasty while highlighting the areas in need of further study.  


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.

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.

New Jersey PTs & PTAs - Approval #1801-118 (2/1/18 - 1/31/20)

Ohio PTs & PTAs – Approved by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association, Approval #17S5718

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

Course Objectives

  • Describe the epidemiological trends for total knee arthroplasty.
  • Explain the anatomical components of the knee and how degenerative changes may influence the need for knee replacement surgery.
  • Identify the indications for total knee arthroplasty, as well as preoperative planning and rehabilitation.
  • Summarize the surgical approaches to total knee arthroplasty and potential complications and how they may impact rehabilitation and recovery.
  • Discuss postoperative physical therapy interventions and expected outcomes following total knee arthroplasty.
  • Describe future considerations in delivering care to patients following total knee arthroplasty.


Diane M. Heislein, PT, DPT, OCS, is a licensed physical therapist with over 30 years of clinical practice primarily in the practice area of orthopedics. She received a bachelor of science degree in physical therapy from the University of Lowell, a post-professional master of science degree in orthopedic and sports physical therapy and a doctor of physical therapy degree from the MGH Institute of Health Professions. Dr. Heislein received board certification as a clinical specialist in orthopedics (OCS) from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 1992, 2002, and 2010. She hold a full-time faculty appointment at Boston University’s College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College
as the director of the physical therapy programs, where she teaches the lower extremity musculoskeletal system course, which includes the examination and treatment of patients following knee arthroplasty. In addition, her clinical practice is focused on acute care management of orthopedics, including postsurgical patients, with a high volume of joint arthroplasty patients at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Heislein has authored several textbook chapters and a clinical summary for the APTA on physical therapy management of patients following arthroplasty surgery.


Joseph Zeni, PT, PhD, is an assistant professor in the department of physical therapy at the University of Delaware. His clinical experience includes inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation at the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics, where he treated older adults before and after joint replacement. He completed his doctorate degree at the University of Delaware in the biomechanics and movement science in the department of mechanical engineering, and did a post-doctoral fellowship in the department of physical therapy at the University of Delaware. Dr. Zeni is co-director of the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Laboratory and is the director of the Gross Anatomy Laboratory at the University of Delaware. His research focuses on improving the quality of life, movement patterns, and functional ability for patients before and after total joint replacement. Dr. Zeni also teaches several courses related to human anatomy, including clinical gross anatomy, functional anatomy and biomechanics, and advanced regional anatomy.

  • 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.