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Case Studies of the Knee: Stability Impairments and Osteoarthritis

presented by Eric Robertson and Joe Farrell

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Stability of the knee is a topic close to the heart of any musculoskeletal physical therapist. Specialists in Orthopedic physical therapy should be able to conduct a careful evaluation of patients with suspected instability of the knee, including single and multi-planar instabilities. Knee osteoarthritis is one of the most chronic debilitating conditions and causes of disability the world over. In addition to high economic costs, individuals with knee OA are at an increased risk for death. A deep understanding of knee OA is a critical part of the skill set of any physical therapist who is an orthopedic specialist. This course reviews two cases of patients who present to physical therapy with complaints of pain and instability of the right knee.

Meet Your Instructors

Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, is the director of Kaiser Permanente Northern California Graduate Physical Therapy Education, and associate professor of clinical physical therapy at the University of Southern California in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. Previously he served as assistant professor of physical therapy at Regis University in Denver, Colorado, and…

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Joe Farrell, PT, M App Sc, DPT GDMT, FFAAOMPT, FAPTA

Is the co-owner and co-founder (1988) of Redwood Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, Inc. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Education from Illinois State University (1974), Certificate in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University (1976), a Post-Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Therapy (1979) and a Master of Applied Science in Health Sciences from Curtin University of Technology…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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1. Knee Stability Impairments

In the first chapter of this course, Dr. Eric Robertson addresses stability of the knee. Participants begin by reviewing applied anatomy as it relates to the stability mechanisms of the knee. Dr. Robertson identifies key examination procedures related to knee stability and provides evidence for management techniques of patients with stability impairments. Participants will learn to extrapolate findings from a physical examination of the lower quarter and knee to select appropriate interventions.

2. Knee Osteoarthritis

In Chapter 2, Dr. Robertson reviews risk factors and pathogenesis of osteoarthritis of the knee. Participants will learn to apply evidence for management of patients with knee osteoarthritis and extrapolate findings from a physical examination of the lower quarter and knee to select appropriate interventions. A case study is used to evaluate several hypotheses as part of a differential diagnostic process for patients with knee impairments.

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