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Evidence-Based Examination of the Hip

presented by Alexis Wright

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Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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In this course by Dr. Alexis Wright, users will evaluate the impact and prevalence of hip disorders, understand the imperative patient history elements of a hip examination and identify which patient history components are associated with specific hip disorders. The most common forms of self-report outcomes measures are presented along with their minimal clinically important difference scores. Identify red flags, germane during the hip examination, and differentiate the purposes of each diagnostic test for sinister problems. Evaluate the benefit of palpation and manual muscle testing as part of a dedicated clinical examination. Identify the most diagnostic hip oriented special tests and apply the tests to the appropriate diagnoses. Current research is presented throughout the course to provide learners with the proper tools for evidence-based management of these patients. This course is part of a 19 course comprehensive clinical series covering examination and intervention for the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, as well as the upper (shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand) and lower (hip, pelvis, knee, foot, and ankle) quarters.

Meet Your Instructor

Alexis Wright, PT, PhD, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Dr. Alexis Wright is an Assistant Professor and the Assistant Chair in the Department of Physical Therapy, High Point University. Dr. Wright is a clinical researcher, educator, and practicing physical therapist whose passions include refining and improving the patient examination and treatment process used in everyday physical therapist practice. Dr. Wright received her BS in…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

1. Introduction of the Hip

Define Hip and/or Groin pain. Gain an understanding of hip related pain patterns.

2. Patient History and Outcomes Measures

Discuss key components of patient history during a hip examination. Discuss the “best” forms of self-reported patient reported outcome measures for hip pain and function. Discuss reported Minimally Clinical Important Difference scores for self reported outcome measures related to the hip.

3. Observation of the Hip

Recognize selected observations that may be associated with disease processes.

4. Triage and Screening of the Hip

Identify the best tests used to diagnose red flag conditions of the hip. Compare and contrast different tests used for differential diagnosis. Identify structural screening tests to rule out competing diagnoses.

5. Movement Assessment of the Hip

Understand the nature of the patient’s condition. Identify the concordant sign reproductive of the patient’s signs/symptoms. Perform functional testing, active and passive physiological and passive accessory movement examination.

6. Palpation and Manual Muscle Testing for the Hip

Perform an appropriate palpatory examination. Perform an appropriate strength and endurance examination.

7. Special Tests for the Hip

Understand the language of diagnostic accuracy. Identify the most diagnostic hip oriented special tests. Apply the tests to the appropriate diagnoses.

8. Physical Performance Measures of the Hip

Understand the different constructs of function. Understand the strengths and weaknesses of self-report measures and the need for physical performance measures of function. Identify the best physical performance measures by condition.

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