This intermediate level course provides useful, pragmatic information to rehabilitation therapists to facilitate successful rehabilitation for individuals with AD. Physical therapists who address the unique needs of this population will have greater success in their rehabilitation efforts, and their patients will reap the benefits of their knowledge and skill.
This intermediate-level course provides a detailed overview of the pathophysiology and mechanics of the joints of the hand of individuals diagnosed with OA. In-depth information is presented on the medical diagnosis of OA, including the criteria established by the American College of Rheumatology, the distinction between primary and secondary OA, the taking of a client history, and the physical examination. The management goals and treatment options in managing OA are discussed, including conservative medical management, pharmacology, physical and occupational therapy interventions, and surgical options.
This course will provide physical therapists and physical therapy assistants with a comprehensive overview of THA. At the end of this course the learner will be able to identify the anatomy of the hip as it pertains to THA, describe the most recent advances in surgical approaches for THA, and gain an improved understanding of how different types of prosthetic implants, methods of fixation, and surgical techniques influence the ability of patients to participate in rehabilitation and achieve the desired clinical goals for functional independence. Additionally the learner will be able to describe the role of PT both in the preoperative and postoperative phases for the patient undergoing THA and be able to describe an optimal rehabilitation program for these time periods based on current research. Clinical cases presented will facilitate the learner being able to select appropriate rehabilitative strategies following THA.
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.