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Evidence-Based Examination of the Knee and Thigh: An Update

presented by Eric Hegedus, PT, DPT, PhD, MHSc, OCS

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Video Runtime: 71 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 31 Minutes

In this course, users will evaluate the impact and prevalence of knee and thigh dysfunction, understand the imperative patient history elements of a knee and thigh examination, and identify which patient history components are affiliated with knee and thigh pathology. The most common forms of self-report outcomes measures for the knee and thigh are presented and discussed. Viewers will also identify the most prevalent red flags encountered during the knee and thigh examination and differentiate the purposes of each screening test for problems meriting referral. An objective is to synthesize the importance of specific, meaningful clinical findings during the examination process and evaluate the benefit of palpation and manual muscle testing as part of a dedicated clinical examination. 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 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, PhD, MHSc, OCS

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), a community-based health and…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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1. Prevalence, Incidence, and Etiology of Knee and Thigh Pain/Pathology

In this chapter, learners will evaluate the economic impact of knee and thigh dysfunction and consider the prevalence/incidence of knee and thigh pain and how this influences clinical practice. In addition, prognostic factors of positive and negative outcomes will be discussed. The overall burden of knee and thigh pain is discussed in comparison to other musculoskeletal and nonmusculoskeletal conditions worldwide.

2. Patient History and Outcomes Assessment

In this chapter, learners will discuss the imperative patient history elements of a knee and thigh examination and define which patient history components are affiliated with knee and thigh pathology. Learners will also discuss the most common forms of self-report patient outcomes measures and the validity of these measures.

3. Observation

In this chapter, learners will identify the link between observation of posture and knee and thigh pain or dysfunction. Learners will also identify benefits of general observation of a patient’s expression of fear, anxiety, or distress.

4. Triage and Screening

In this chapter, learners will identify the most prevalent red flags germane to the knee and thigh examination. The chapter will compare and contrast the purposes of each screening test for sinister problems. Learners will also analyze the triggers that would prompt the use of a test for ruling out a condition and evaluate the benefit of performing these “ruling out” actions first within the examination. Lastly, learners will understand structural differentiation.

5. Motion Testing

This chapter will synthesize the importance of the movement assessment and contrast the goals of the three primary phases of the initial examination.

6. Palpation, Muscle Testing, and Performance

This chapter will evaluate the benefit of palpation as part of a dedicated clinical examination. Learners will also evaluate the benefit and types of muscle testing for the knee and thigh.

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