Skip to main content
 This program is not active.
Not Found
Digital Seminar

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

Shane Malecha, PT, DPT, MS, CSCS
6 Hours 30 Minutes
Audio and Video
Oct 19, 2016
Product Code:
Media Type:
Digital Seminar

  • Program no longer active
 Purchase Additional Participant CE Test »


  • Diagnostic Techniques & Clinical Clues for the Evaluation of DJD
  • Options and Strategies to Prevent or Delay Arthritic Changes
  • Rehabilitation and Recovery Techniques to Return Adult Patients to Active Lifestyles
  • Case Studies and Practice Labs

For many adults, an active lifestyle is simply a way of life. The process of degenerative joint disease, or arthritis, often stops them in their tracks. Getting patients back into action, while curbing patient re-admission and managing Medicare’s multiple procedure payment reduction and therapy cap are challenges you face every day. Attend this seminar and gain valuable tips and strategies to address these challenges.

Join Shane Malecha, PT, DPT, MS, CSCS, and learn the concepts of Degenerative Joint Disease in a way that makes a confusing and often overwhelming topic fun, understandable and applicable to the next patient interaction. Case studies and mock patient presentations not only make the seminar fun and entertaining, they also put the concepts into action, allowing you to create a thought pattern to apply when a patient is in your office. Shane will take you through the assessment process, detailing the key steps of the pathology, evaluation techniques and concepts, specifically including skills to evaluate and treat the degenerative joint.

You will learn the non-operative and surgical interventions currently being used to treat DJD patients, as well as the latest rehabilitation protocols that will take the individual to active once again.



* Credit Note - **

NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing the on-line post-test (80% passing score) and completing the evaluation). 

Continuing Education Information:  Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this non-interactive self-study package. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether self-study is an acceptable form of continuing education, as well as which credit types are acceptable for continuing education hours. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.  

For Planning Committee disclosures, please statement above.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

Nurses - California Nurses

PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of  Registered Nursing, Provider #: 17118 for 6.0 self-study contact hours. 

** You will need to provide your license number to PESI. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Nurses - Florida Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of  Nursing. Provider #: FBN2858. These materials qualify for 6.0 self-study contact hours.

CE Broker

Nurses - Iowa Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Nurses successfully completing these self-study materials will earn 7.6 self-study contact hours. Please email with your license number, include the title, speaker name and date. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Occupational Therapists - Florida Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy. Provider Number #50-399. This course qualifies for 6.3 self-study continuing education credits.

CE Broker

Physical Therapists - California Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approval agency to approve providers. This self-study lecture qualifies for 6.25 continuing competency hours.

Physical Therapists - Texas Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #2106032TX and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. This activity will provide 6.25 CCUs. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Physical Therapists - Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

This self-study course consists of 6.25 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. CE requirements for physical therapists vary by state/jurisdiction. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.

Physical Therapists - Illinois Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is a Registered Physical Therapy Continuing Education Sponsor through the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation. License #: 216.000270. This self-study course qualifies for 6.0 CE credit hours.

Physical Therapists - New York Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department, State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider for physical therapy and physical therapy assistant continuing education. This self-study course qualifies for 7.6 contact hours.

Other Professions

This self-study activity qualifies for 6.25 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.



Shane Malecha, PT, DPT, MS, CSCS's Profile

Shane Malecha, PT, DPT, MS, CSCS Related seminars and products

Physical Therapist

Aegis Therapies

Shane Malecha holds advanced degrees in Physical Therapy and Biology. He is also certified by the NSCA as a strength and conditioning specialist. His clinical experience includes six years of practice in a variety of settings, including out-patient, in-patient, neurological rehabilitation, and sports medicine. One of his areas of specialization is in spinal assessments and rehabilitation along with fall prevention. Dr. Malecha also contributes his time to the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy as a reviewer, American Physical Therapy Association's Advisory Panel of Education, and the Special Olympics FUNFitness program.

Dr. Malecha has practiced for Aegis Therapies since 2009. Other experiences include having been a director of a home health agency and staff clinician for an orthopedic/sports medicine clinic. Dr. Malecha graduated from Massachusetts General Hospital's Institute of Health Professions with a doctoral degree in 2006. He received his Masters Degree in Science in 2004 from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, and a B.A. in Biology/Pre-Medicine from St. Mary's University of Minnesota in 2001.

Dr. Malecha has lectured extensively in the areas of medical screening for physical therapy, Lumbar/Thoracic and Cervical evaluation and treatment, vestibular rehabilitation, and fall prevention.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Shane Malecha is receiving a fee for speaking at today's educational activity.

Nonfinancial: Shane Malecha has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose. 

Additional Info

Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)

Access never expires for this product.


Visit our FAQ page at or contact us at



Diagnostic Criteria for Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)

  • American Medical Association (AMA) Guidelines
  • Arthritis foundation’s guidelines

Patient Presentation

  • Medical history
  • DJD v. Rheumatoid Arthritis v. Gout
  • Other Arthritic conditions

The Pathophysiology of DJD in:

  • Weight-bearing joints
  • Non-weight bearing joints
  • The spine

Joint Conservation

  • Silver Sneakers
  • Ergonomic work and home environments
  • Biomechanics
  • Positional awareness

Techniques to Maintain Mobility

  • Motion is lotion
  • Muscle balance
  • Joint stability
  • Diet and supplements
    • Super foods
    • Over the counter supplements

Medical Management

  • Medication
    • Benefits
    • Risks


  • Arthroscopy
  • Total joint arthroplasty
    • Total hip
    • Total knee
    • Total shoulder
      • Conventional
      • Reverse
  • Ankle
  • MCP replacement

Physical Therapy Management

  • Pre-Hab
    • Introduction of assistive devices
    • Pre-op exercise program
    • Smoking cessation
    • Weight reduction
    • Motivational interviewing techniques

Total Joint Regimens

  • Acute care post-op
    • Post-op teaching
    • Gait instruction specific to intervention
    • Exercise programs
    • Critical pathways
  • Precautions

Outpatient Rehab

  • Program Goals
  • Design of exercise regimen
  • Scar care management
  • Outcome measure
  • Gait Progression
    • Household v. community ambulation
    • Addressing the “What can I do?”
    • Mature adult
    • Middle-aged adult


  • 1+ year to complete recovery
  • Activity guideline
  • Quality of life
  • Cost benefits of activities





  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. Evaluate the decision-making processes regarding conservative and surgical treatment options for patients with degenerative joints.
  4. Obtain methods to effectively educate patients regarding: the arthritic process, treatment options, recovery steps, and long-term expectations.
  5. Describe recovery and rehabilitation stages to counsel and consult patients.
  6. Determine the strategies to share with patients to optimally prevent or delay arthritic changes.

Target Audience

Athletic Trainers, Exercise Physiologists, Nurses, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists/Physical Therapist Assistants, Physician Assistants, and other Healthcare Professionals



Overall:      4.6

Total Reviews: 18


Rosemond J

"Great info!"

Maureen T

"Shane gave a very detailed easy to follow presentation. I learned a lot."

Michelle K

"Speaker was engaging and used good use of humor and personal reports to make course material relevant. "

Satisfaction Guarantee
Your satisfaction is our goal and our guarantee. Concerns should be addressed to: PO Box 1000, Eau Claire, WI 54702-1000 or call 1-800-844-8260.

ADA Needs
We would be happy to accommodate your ADA needs; please call our Customer Service Department for more information at 1-800-844-8260.

PESI Mobile App

Access CE trainings on your phone or tablet through our free mobile app. Choose video or audio-only versions of online courses from the world’s best instructors, and complete your CE requirements anywhere, anytime, at your own pace.

Please wait ...

Back to Top