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Therapeutic Strategies for Degenerative Joint Disease: Overcoming Pain and Improving Function

Program Information


  1. Summarize the commonly-experienced condition of degenerative joint disease.
  2. Explain focused history taking techniques and examination methods to create diagnostic skills for evaluation of upper and lower extremity degenerative joints.
  3. Analyze the decision-making processes regarding conservative and surgical treatment options for patients with degenerative joints.
  4. Evaluate the methods most effective to educate patients regarding: the arthritic process, treatment options, recovery steps, and long-term expectations.
  5. Compare the recovery and rehabilitation stages to best counsel patients.
  6. Design a treatment program for acute as well as outpatient clients.


Usefulness of Diagnostic Testing

  • What to Ask for - and Why?
  • Predictive Quality of the Diagnostic Test
  • Value of MRI vs. X-ray
  • Interrupting Lab Tests to Assist with Exercise Prescription

Can We Cure Arthritis?

  • OA vs. JRA vs. RA vs. Gout
  • DMARD and Bio DMARD
  • Medication Management
  • Inflammation Management
  • Prophylaxis
  • Remission

Joint Conservation

  • Sliver Sneakers
  • Building Your Rehab Team
  • Ergonomics for Work and Home
  • Form Equals Function
  • Positional Awareness

Techniques to Maintain Mobility

  • Motion is Lotion
  • Muscle Imbalances
  • Joint Stability
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Super Foods vs. OTC Supplements

Physical/Occupational Therapy Management

  • Cost Analysis
  • Home Health vs. Rehab vs. Outpatient Care
  • Why Pre-hab?
  • Should We Shop for Joint Replacement

Improve Function in a Single Visit?

  • The Impact of Corrected Postures
  • Restoration of Joint Mechanics
  • Scar Care
  • Active and Passive Insufficiency Explained
  • Address Muscle Insufficiencies
  • Targeted Exercise Selection
  • 3-D Gait Analysis (Case Discussions)
  • Intervention Pitfalls
  • Addressing Power and Functional Strength

Clinical Measure of Success

  • Strength to Body Weight
  • Functional Outcome Measures
  • Utility
  • Predictive Values
  • Successful Discharge Criteria
  • Exercise Prescription

Critical Pathways

  • Patient Rehab
  • Outreach Transitional Program
  • Outpatient Care
  • Recovery: 1+ year Lower Quarter Total Joint, 2-year Shoulder Recovery
  • Activity Guidelines
  • Quality of Life
  • Advocate for Your Client

Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Orthopaedic Nurses
  • Physician Assistants
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Personal Trainers

Copyright : 03/26/2019

A Functional Approach to Assessment of the Lower Extremities: Joint Mechanics & Muscle Imbalance

Advanced Treatment for Total Hip & Knee Replacement: Faster Recovery and Improved Outcomes

Program Information


  1. Demonstrate a functional approach to assess the LE as a connected chain.
  2. Assess altered joint mechanics and muscle imbalance impact of joint function.
  3. Compare and contrast traditional joint replacement approaches versus newer MIS and MSS surgical approaches.
  4. Evaluate the advantages of computerized and robotic assisted replacement surgeries.
  5. Address early signs of adverse events.
  6. Assess a multi-modal approach to post-operative pain.
  7. Recognize the accelerated return to activity timeline of today’s post-surgical patient.
  8. Participate in hands-on lab practice sessions that will focus on advanced intervention strategies for the total hip and knee patient.


The Full Picture of the Total Joint Patient: Why Looking in Isolation Can be Disastrous

  • How you can miss predisposing factors for DJD with a nonfunctional approach
  • Examine the whole LE kinetic chain with functional test observations
Today’s Total Joint Procedure: What We Can Learn by Watching Surgical Videos
  • The new reality – reducing the amount of rehab care post-op
  • Post-op approaches should vary based upon procedure and component used in surgery
  • 6 surgical advancements that could affect your plan of care
    • Using muscle sparring approaches
    • Computerized mapping
    • Robotics
    • Peri-operative blood loss
    • Pain control measures
    • 3D custom designed implants
Acute Post-op Recovery Interventions: How to Maintain a Robust Post-op Rehab Plan for Same-day Discharges
  • New CMS guidelines for total joint patients: seeing patients right after surgery
  • Confidently managing
    • Pain management, opioid tolerance, and opioid induced constipation (OIC)
    • Active and passive TED strategies
    • Wound care/infection prevention: early identification of wound versus joint infection
    • Blood thinners: various types, early warning signs of high anticoagulant levels, and identifying DVT versus cellulitis or poor edema control compliance
    • Patient education on positioning, safe transfers and mobility
Use Functional Dynamics for Optimal Returns: Hands-on Lab
  • REMEMBER: Exercising joints in isolation will NOT progress your patients faster, further
  • Progress the LE as a functional unit
    • Video demonstration of techniques
  • Incorporate closed chain kinematics that lead to successful outcomes in reduced time
  • Returning normal gait mechanics using proprioceptive, balance, and coordination activities

Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists
  • Rehabilitation Managers
  • Personal Trainers

Copyright : 10/11/2019

Shoulder & Elbow Joint Replacements – New Advancements in Rehab

Program Information


  1. Differentiate the indications and procedures of TSA and Rev TSA 
  2. Investigate surgical approaches, procedures and post-op restrictions through video presentation of joint replacement procedures 
  3. Evaluate criteria for same day surgery and use of nerve blocks used for UE surgery 
  4. Apply methods used for improved post-operative pain management  


Indications and Procedures of TSA and Rev TSA 

  • RTC integrity and function 
  • Clinical testing for RTC function 
  • How the RSA allows function 

Joint Replacement Procedures 

  • Surgical approaches 
  • Video demonstrations of TSA and RSA 
  • Post-op considerations 
  • Video demonstration of total elbow joint replacement 

Criteria for Same Day Surgery 

  • Evaluate criteria 
  • Interscalene block: use of nerve blocks for UE surgery 
  • Video demonstration of UE nerve block 

Post-Operative Pain Management 

  • Pan management options 
  • Use of Exparel (pain cocktail) 
  • Video demonstrations of intra-operative Exparel 

Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Athletic Trainers

Copyright : 07/31/2020

Hip & Knee Total Joint Replacement Surgery - New Options for Pain Management

Hip & Knee Total Joint Replacement Surgery - New Options for Pain Management

Program Information


  1. Determine pain control and nerve blocks used for LE surgery 
  2. Apply the methods used for improved post-operative pain management  
  3. Demonstrate the use online tools for pill identification and possible interactions in the post-op patient 
  4. Determine the factors of Prescription Opioid addiction and what every caregiver needs to carry 


Pain Control and Nerve Blocks for the Lower Extremity

  • Pre and post-operative oral medications
  • Difference of femoral versus obturator LE nerve block

Improved Post-Operative Pain Management

  • Pain management options
  • Use of Exparel (pain cocktail)
  • Video demonstration of intra-operative Exparel

Post-Op Medication

  • Online tool for pill identification
  • Case presentations
  • Post-Op medication list
  • Medication interactions

Prescription Opioid Addiction

  • Crisis in US
  • What makes them so addictive
  • Use and administration of Narcan

Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Athletic Trainers

Copyright : 08/01/2020