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Comprehensive Review of Hip Fractures

Get the inside scoop on hip fracture from an outstanding medical/rehabilitation team of nationally renowned orthopedic surgeons and therapists.

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About this Certificate Program

Get the inside scoop on hip fracture from an outstanding medical/rehabilitation team of nationally renowned orthopedic surgeons and therapists. Watch Dr. Carole Lewis and other seasoned therapists in action in acute and post-acute settings. Get the facts on controversial issues such as the safety of weight-bearing status. Update your care using the most current evidence-based evaluations and interventions in both physical and occupational therapy. Finally, get the questions that you have always wanted to ask an orthopedic surgeon answered.

Target Audience

Physical therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapist assistants, and occupational therapist assistants who work in all settings.

Goals & Objectives

  • Justify weight-bearing status in hip fracture patients
  • Demonstrate several evidence-based evaluations for hip fracture patients
  • Design a comprehensive research-based treatment program for hip fracture patients
  • Discuss the unique role of OT in any setting for patients with hip fracture
  • Compare and contrast hip fracture fixation devices

What's Included in the Certificate Program

Accredited Online Courses*

5 hours of online video lectures and patient demonstrations.

Case Study Interviews

Recorded Q&A sessions between instructors and practice managers.

Interactive Learning Assessments

Case-based quizzes to evaluate and improve clinical reasoning.

Section 1: Comprehensive Review of Hip Fractures

5 Chapters

Hip Fracture Part A: Overview, Classifications, and Evidencekeyboard_arrow_down

  • A Statistical Overview of Hip FracturesChapter 1

    As our population ages, the prevalence of hip fractures has also notably increased. Recent studies suggest that over 350,000 hip fractures occur in the United States every year. What causes a hip fracture, and just how prevalent are they? The first chapter in this introductory hip fracture course outlines the demographics and statistics of hip fractures in youth and geriatric populations. Participants will learn to describe the 5 complications of a hip fracture, and apply their knowledge to understand the predictors of survival following a hip fracture.

  • Femoral Neck FracturesChapter 2

    This chapter will focus on femoral neck fractures, a specific type of fracture characterized by a breakage in the femoral head. Participants will receive an overview of the Garden fracture classification system as it is used to determine fracture severity, and subsequently will be introduced to basic surgical options/rehabilitation approaches that are implemented for each Garden fracture.

  • Trochanteric FracturesChapter 3

    In this chapter, physical therapist Sandy Sheldon informs participants of trochanteric hip fractures, a second classification of hip fracture characterized by a breakage between the greater and lesser trochanter of the proximal femur. Participants will learn to distinguish between intertrochanteric and subtrochanteric fractures, as well as understand the surgical options and rehabilitation protocols that are best suited to fractures of this nature.

  • Supplemental MaterialsChapter 4

    For additional information, please refer to these handouts.

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Hip Fracture Part B: The Surgical Approachkeyboard_arrow_down

  • Hip Fracture Surgery and RehabilitationChapter 1

    The second installment in the hip fracture course series provides participants with an overview of the importance of optimizing the patient medically prior to surgery, as well as controlling post op complications to provide the best outcome. Participants will learn about the appropriate weight bearing status for this type of surgical approach, as well as the variables that may impede bone-healing time.

  • Hip Fracture Classifications and FixationsChapter 2

    This chapter provides the foundation by which the severity of hip fractures can be understood. This segment of the course contrasts the different classifications of hip fractures and poses fixation options for each. With this knowledge, participants will learn the importance of proper fixation device selection and the complications that can result from incorrect device selection. Emphasis is placed on highlighting the significance of surgical management of the hip fracture patient, and how current technology maximizes patient function post op.

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Hip Fracture Part C: Acute Care Managementkeyboard_arrow_down

  • Patient Profile and AssessmentChapter 1

    In this chapter, participants will discuss the role that physical therapy plays in educating patients about pain control, early mobility on the affected leg and safety when ambulating in acute care.

  • ExercisesChapter 2

    Sandy Sheldon leads through example, teaching participants how to prescribe exercise for this stage of recovery, and explaining how certain devices can help substitute for weakened hip muscles.

  • PT EvaluationChapter 3

    An evaluation is conducted by physical therapist Sandy Sheldon, with a particular emphasis on how patient discharge destination is determined as a function of a patient’s presenting function, and their past medical history.

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Hip Fracture Part D: Acute Care and Long Term Managementkeyboard_arrow_down

  • OT Working with Patient in Acute CareChapter 1

    This chapter will provide a firsthand glance at the relationship between an OT, and a hip fracture patient in a SNF setting. Participants will learn to determine prior level of function and current occupational therapy needs for a patient who is discharging from a SNF level of care, as well as how to create appropriate therapy goals based on the patient’s specific functional needs.

  • Approaching Care in a SNFChapter 2

    Learn how to determine prior level of function and current therapy needs for a patient who is discharging from a SNF level of care. This chapter will compare the roles of a PT and an OT in order to gauge differences in treatment strategies.

  • Supplemental MaterialsChapter 3

    This chapter provides additional references regarding the evaluation and treatment of hip fracture patients in a SNF setting.

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Hip Fracture Part E: Home Care Managementkeyboard_arrow_down

  • Patient Mobility AssessmentChapter 1

    Join Dr. Carole Lewis and learn the fundamentals of completing an evaluation that assesses all-important functional tasks requiring static and dynamic balance. Lewis also touches base on how to create meaningful goals based on the patient’s home environment and needed level of function, as well as how to choose appropriate functional tools to assess the most meaningful variables related to a patient’s deficits and goals.

  • PT EvaluationChapter 2

    In this chapter, Dr. Carole Lewis reflects and evaluates the therapeutic strategies implemented by her patient in the home care setting. Participants will be given a firsthand glance at how patient’s are evaluated, how appropriate functional tools are allocated to improve patient deficits, as well as how thorough reflection may alter hip fracture patient interventions.

  • Home Care Through the Lens of an Occupational TherapistChapter 3

    This chapter will allow participants to gain perspective as to how occupational therapy plays a role in the evaluation and treatment of hip fracture patients in the home care setting. Join OT Danielle Keyser as she describes the importance of completing a visual screen for patients in home care, and teaches the fundamentals to creating meaningful functional goals based on the patient’s home environment. Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to list common adaptive equipment that can improve a patient’s independence and quality of life in the home environment.

  • What Literature Tells Us About Treating Patients with Hip FracturesChapter 4

    This section describes the best practices for evaluating and treating patients following a hip fracture. Participants will learn to utilize appropriate functional tests in order to identify deficits, as well as assess impairments and apply appropriate interventions to resolve or improve those deficits.

  • Hip Fracture Research PerspectiveChapter 5

    Understanding current clinical research practices for hip fracture repair may be beneficial to improving treatment interventions and recovery of the patient. In this chapter, Dr. Mangione lists common therapy practices for rehabilitation strengthening approaches following a hip fracture according to the research described in the lecture. Additionally, she suggests alternate strategies for rehabilitation following hip fracture other than utilizing all insurance visits in immediate post surgical period.

  • Supplemental MaterialsChapter 6

    This chapter provides additional resources regarding hip fracture assessment and rehabilitation in the home care setting.

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Brooke Gentry


Sandy Shelton


Carole B. Lewis


CEU Approved

5 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

    MedBridge has created a cost-effective and quality platform that is the future of online education.

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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