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Evidence-Based Examination of the Knee and Thigh

presented by Eric Hegedus

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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. Eric Hegedus, users will evaluate the impact and prevalence of knee disorders, understand the imperative patient history elements of a knee examination and identify which patient history components are associated with specific knee disorders. The most common forms of self-report outcomes measures are presented. Identify red and yellow flags that are relevant during the examination of a patient with knee pain. Evaluate the benefit of palpation and manual muscle testing as part of a dedicated clinical examination. Identify the most diagnostic knee 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

Eric Hegedus, PT, DPT, MHSc, OCS, CSCS

Dr. Eric J Hegedus has had a notable 21-year career as a leader and innovator in physical therapist education, research, and clinical practice and is founding Chair of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Department at High Point University. Dr Hegedus also is founder and director of Targeted Enhanced Athletic Movement (TEAM). TEAM is a community-based…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

1. Epidemiology

Define knee pain. Outline the prevalence and incidence of most common sources of knee pain and pathology. Identify risk factors for sources of knee pain. Closely examine hamstring injuries as a source of thigh pain.

2. History and Patient Self Report Measures

Recognize patient interview questions unique to the knee/thigh and the value of those questions. Identify best SRMs for knee/thigh pain.

3. Observation

Observe asymmetries and /or anomalies in the knee joint complex. Identify the link or lack thereof between knee pain and observed asymmetries.

4. Triage and Screening

Identify common red flags and yellow flags in the treatment of patients with knee pain. Understand the role of pain referral from adjacent body segments in knee pain.

5. Motion Testing

Perform basic motion testing of the knee and thigh with focus on the concordant sign.

6. Palpation and Manual Muscle Tests

Perform an appropriate palpatory examination of the knee. Understand the limited value of palpation alone. Perform an appropriate muscle testing examination of the knee.

7. Special Tests

Identify the most diagnostic knee oriented special tests. Apply the tests to the appropriate diagnoses.

8. Physical Performance Measures

Demonstrate the most commonly used physical performance measures of the knee/thigh complex. Identify the utility of the physical performance measures of the knee/thigh complex.

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