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Total Joint Replacement (Certificate)

Improve your care in total joint replacement.

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About this Certificate Program

With more people requiring joint replacements than ever before, effective acute care and rehabilitation are increasingly essential to successful patient outcomes. In this certificate program, Dr. John O’Halloran reviews the history of joint replacement procedures and how they’ve transformed to the modern-day joint arthroplasty in the shoulder, knee, and hip. Dr. O’Halloran reveals cutting-edge methods for the acute care and home care clinician. Emphasizing early rehabilitation, patient demonstrations focus on thought-provoking bed and core exercises and functional weight-bearing activities that can be implemented immediately following joint arthroplasty.

Target Audience

Physical therapists
Physical therapist assistants
Occupational therapists
Occupational therapist assistants

Goals & Objectives

  • Demonstrate the latest surgical joint replacement techniques and become well versed in computer-assisted surgery, tissue sparring, resurfacing, and minimally invasive procedures
  • Explain rehab implications as they apply to the latest orthopedic surgery for joint arthroplasty
  • Understand return-to-function phases, activity expectations, and precautions for patients postoperatively
  • Discuss the most evidence-based info on topics such as CPM, NMES, and preoperative therapy
  • Implement fun and interactive functional rehabilitation exercises that facilitate return of ROM, gait, and overall function in an effective and efficient manner
  • Identify best practice approaches for rehabilitation following TKA, THA, and TSA

What's Included in the Certificate Program

Accredited Online Courses*

8 hours of online video lectures and patient demonstrations.

Interactive Learning Assessments

Case-based quizzes to evaluate and improve clinical reasoning.

Patient Education
HEP and Patient Education

HEP and patient education resources to use with your patients.

Section 1: Total Joint Replacement and Baby Boomers

2 Chapters

Current Concepts in Joint Replacement: Following Arthroplasty - An Updatekeyboard_arrow_down

  • Trends in Joint ReplacementChapter 1

    Dr. O’Halloran describes the history and evolution of joint replacement trends over time. He presents facts and figures about joint replacement today and outlines what therapists need to know when evaluating a joint replacement patient.

  • An Aging PopulationChapter 2

    The baby boomers are an aging generation with a rising need for joint replacement procedures. Dr. O’Halloran discusses the increasing demands of this generation as people live longer and desire to continue their activities long into their lives.

  • Arthritis and the JointChapter 3

    Arthritis affects more than 70 million people in the US every year. In this chapter, Dr. O’Halloran examines the factors that contribute to arthritis, how it affects the joint, and measures taken to relieve symptoms.

  • Improved OutcomesChapter 4

    In this chapter, Dr. O’Halloran outlines different outcomes assessments for postoperative evaluation. Through the use of multiple patient videos, he shows various techniques and exercises for improving patient outcomes.

  • Postoperative ExercisesChapter 5

    Early and effective postoperative exercises are crucial for proper joint rehabilitation, particularly in older patients. Dr. O’Halloran shows and discusses various passive stretching and core exercises to aid in early rehab.

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Troubleshooting Difficult Cases in Joint Arthroplastykeyboard_arrow_down

  • The Shoulder Shrug and Hike Shoulder Arthroplasty PatientChapter 1

    There are four main muscle restrictors to human arm elevation, and those muscles must be released very early on (while the patient is still in a sling) to achieve proper range of motion following shoulder arthroplasty. The majority of shoulder arthroplasty patients have weak or nonfunctioning rotator cuffs. This chapter will equip the clinician with new manual therapy shoulder and scapular releases as well as upper extremity corrective exercises.

  • Altered Gait in the Total Hip and Knee PatientChapter 2

    Today’s health care system has a goal to increase the number of total joint arthroplasties to be performed as outpatient procedures and discourage traditional therapy following the surgery. Clinicians, therefore, must know what’s “inside the box” before they think outside the box and understand the proper motor control sequence required to establish a faster, more normal gait as soon as possible. By using strategies taught in this chapter, the clinician will be able to expedite the rehab process and meet the patient’s number one goal: to walk more normally as soon as possible.

  • The Stiff Total Knee PatientChapter 3

    Traditional basic knee range of motion stretching methods are successful the majority of the time in knee arthroplasty. However, when a clinician is faced with a stiff knee, those methods will not achieve the desired result. It can result in the patient going for a manipulation under anesthesia or having unsatisfactory results. This chapter is geared toward preventing the patient from developing a stiff knee, by stressing key treatment strategies and advanced manual therapy methods.

  • The Painful Hip and Knee PatientChapter 4

    In clinical practice, it is common for patients who have had a total hip or knee arthroplasty to have persistent pain, despite being told their radiographs are normal. This chapter will reveal what is causing the persistent pain and guide the clinician through a treatment sequence. The sequence employs advanced manual therapy to the lumbar spine, hip, and quadriceps regions to quickly address the impairments that are the true cause of pain.

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Section 2: The Knee, Shoulder, and Hip

3 Chapters

Shoulder Arthroplasty: Return to Function - An Updatekeyboard_arrow_down

  • IntroductionChapter 1

    In this chapter, Dr. O’Halloran provides an overview of the history of shoulder arthroplasty and introduces two different surgical techniques. The chapter also includes common medical management practices of arthritis and rotator cuff tears and four key postoperative rehabilitation objectives.

  • Rehabilitating the ShoulderChapter 2

    Join Dr. O’Halloran as he identifies the four rehabilitation phases and range-of-motion expectations following shoulder arthroplasty. Learn different manual techniques and therapeutic exercises for the four main shoulder muscles to promote increased range of motion.

  • Postoperative Exercises and ExpectationsChapter 3

    Several patient videos are presented to demonstrate postoperative rehabilitation exercises. Dr. O’Halloran also describes the return-to-function phases and activity expectations for patients postoperatively.

  • Reverse Total Shoulder ArthroplastyChapter 4

    Dr. O’Halloran describes the indications and surgical techniques of a reverse total arthroplasty procedure. This chapter identifies the two different phases of rehabilitation and provides a timeline for range of motion expectations.

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Hip Arthroplasty: Improving Gait - An Updatekeyboard_arrow_down

  • Approaches to Hip ReplacementChapter 1

    In this chapter, Dr. O’Halloran reviews the history of hip arthroplasty and how previous techniques compare to those used today. He identifies hip arthroplasty approaches, precautions, fixation methods, bearing surfaces, and when dislocations occur.

  • Rehabilitation of the HipChapter 2

    Dr. O’Halloran discusses early-stage and late-stage hip rehabilitation. Gait pattern deviations, such as hip drop, are introduced along with techniques to facilitate a normal gait pattern.

  • Therapeutic TipsChapter 3

    The final chapter of this course explains the return-to-function process after hip arthroplasty. Multiple patient videos highlight postoperative exercises for early hip stretching and balance control. The course concludes with a review of appropriate activities following hip replacement.

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Knee Arthroplasty: Increasing Range of Motion - An Updatekeyboard_arrow_down

  • Introduction to the KneeChapter 1

    Nearly 500,000 people in the US annually need a knee arthroplasty. Through a demonstration with a postoperative total knee arthroplasty patient, Dr. O’Halloran shares common manual therapies for knee rehabilitation.

  • Surgical ProceduresChapter 2

    In this chapter, Dr. O’Halloran provides an overview of the history of knee arthroplasty and examines different surgical techniques, such as minimally invasive versus traditional arthroplasty and mobile-bearing versus fixed-bearing. Other techniques, including unicompartmental surgery and computer-assisted surgery, are reviewed.

  • Functional Balance and Range of MotionChapter 3

    Restoring functional balance and range of motion following knee arthroplasty is critical for successful patient rehabilitation. Using multiple patient videos, Dr. O’Halloran outlines the phases of postoperative rehabilitation, how to implement range of motion rehab techniques, and when to utilize continuous passive movement and neuromuscular electrical stimulation.

  • Rehabilitation RecommendationsChapter 4

    Dr. O’Halloran describes the return to function process after knee arthroplasty, including appropriate activities and when to partake in them.

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John O’Halloran

PT, DPT, OCS, ATC (Retired), CSCS (Retired), Cert MDT, Certified SCTM-1 Practitioner

CEU Approved

8 total hours* of accredited coursework.
MedBridge accredits each course individually so you can earn CEUs as you progress.

      Our clinic could not be happier with MedBridge.

Amy Lee, MPT, OCS
Physical Therapy Central

       MedBridge has allowed us to create a culture of learning that we were previously unable to attain with traditional coursework.

Zach Steele, PT, DPT, OCS
Outpatient Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Services

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Grant R. Koster, PT, ATC, FACHE
Vice President of Clinical Operations, Athletico Physical Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I get CEU credit?
Each course is individually accredited. Please check each course for your state and discipline. You can receive CEU credit after each course is completed.

When do I get my certificate?
You will receive accredited certificates of completion for each course as you complete them. Once you have completed the entire Certificate Program you will receive your certificate for the program.

*Accreditation Hours
Each course is individually accredited and exact hours will vary by state and discipline. Check each course for specific accreditation for your license.

Do I have to complete the courses in order?
It is not required that you complete the courses in order. Each Certificate Program's content is built to be completed sequentially but it is not forced to be completed this way.

How long do I have access to the Certificate Program?
You will have access to this Certificate Program for as long as you are a subscriber. Your initial subscription will last for one year from the date you purchase.

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