Physical Therapy: Total Knee Arthroplasty: Current Concepts in Physical Therapy Management

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About Course #Q3509

Release Date: March 10, 2017

Expiration Date: April 1, 2021

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.

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 is relevant for physical therapists and physical therapy assistants, and provides evidence-based research that supports rehabilitation treatment methods and outcomes following total knee arthroplasty while highlighting the areas in need of further study.

About the Author(s)

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.

Course Disclosures

  • 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.

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