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Rehab Strategies for Degenerative Joint Disease: Keeping Seniors Active

Chad Thompson, PT, DPT, CEAS
6 Hours 17 Minutes
Nov 10, 2017
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Are you ready to face the mounting number of “baby boomers” who want to return to an active lifestyle after they’ve been diagnosed with degenerative joint disease? Advanced surgical techniques, shorter hospital stays, minimal inpatient rehab, and decreasing home health visits make treating this emerging population a necessity for all therapists and rehab professionals. Help your patients get back to life with speaker Chad Thompson, PT, DPT, CEAS, as he relates more than 25 years of practical, evidence-based interventions he uses with this exact population. He will give the tools today that you need for tomorrow, such as:

  • practical exercise regimen for outpatient seniors
  • techniques to maintain mobility and improve gait mechanics
  • mobilization tips to increase range of motion in UE and LE
  • medical management
  • accessing and understanding the latest research to defend your practice and improve reimbursement
  • a roadmap for what the future holds for degenerative joint disease


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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. 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.  All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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Chad Thompson, PT, DPT, CEAS, has directed the Kentucky Orthopedic Rehab Team (KORT), Georgetown, Kentucky location since 2003 and practiced outpatient physical therapy since 1997. During that time, he earned the APTA Board Certified Specialists in Orthopedics. Dr. Thompson has over 25 years of experience working with total joint patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. He has written treatment protocols for the rehabilitation of acute post-operative spinal and extremity patients. Dr. Thompson has devoted his career to providing patients with impairment-based exercise programs for the prevention of disability and loss of functional independence. 

In addition to his therapy experience, Dr. Thompson is a clinical instructor for the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville, and assists in supervising the Samaritan Free Clinic. This clinic allows students to assess and treat underserved patients under supervision of a PT. He has spoken professionally on mobilization and treatment of low back pain, and taught body mechanics and orthotic fabrication, as well as prescription programs. Dr. Thompson graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1997 with a Master’s in Physical Therapy and a Bachelor’s of Health Science and received a Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2006 from Regis University, Colorado. He holds certifications in Functional Capacity Examination from Select Medical Corporation, and Isherhagen Workwell Systems. He is certified to perform Work Task and Job Analysis by Work Steps™ and the Atlanta Back School, holding a Certification as an Ergonomic Assessment Specialist.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Chad Thompson is Director of Outpatient Physical Therapy at KORT Physical Therapy Clinic. He has stock holdings with Bristol Meyer Squibb in a 401K retirement plan with Select Medical Corporation. Mr. Thompson receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. His financial relationships with ineligible organizations have been mitigated.

Non-financial: Chad Thompson has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


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  1. Summarize the pathophysiology of degenerative joint disease
  2. List techniques to maintain mobility and stabilize joints
  3. Explain focused history-taking techniques and examination methods to create diagnostic skills for evaluation of upper and lower extremity degenerative joints
  4. Define the decision-making processes regarding conservative and surgical treatment options for patients with degenerative joints
  5. Design a treatment program for acute as well as outpatient clients



  • American Medical Association (AMA) Guidelines
  • Arthritis Foundation’s Guidelines


  • Medical history
  • DJD vs. rheumatoid arthritis vs. gout
  • Other arthritic conditions
  • Severs disease


  • Weight-bearing joints
  • Non-weight bearing joints
  • Spinal disc degeneration


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


  • Motion is lotion
  • Muscle balance
  • Joint stability
  • Diet and supplements



  • Arthroscopy
  • Total Joint Arthroplasty
    • Hip
    • Knee
    • Shoulder (conventional and reverse)
    • Ankle
  • MCP replacement


  • Assistive devices
  • Pre-op exercise program
  • Sit to stand transfer
  • Gait training


  • Restoring range of motion
  • Correct gait mechanics
  • Transfer training
  • Exercise programs
  • Critical pathways


  • Program goals
  • Exercise design
  • Scar care management
  • Outcome measures
  • Gait progression


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

Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Personal Trainers


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