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Assessment of Muscle Impairments Related to Knee Disorders

presented by Dan Rhon, PT, DPT, DSc, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT

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The muscles of the lower quarter, specifically the gluteal and thigh region, are responsible for a substantial amount of stability, and critical to proper function of the knee. Many knee and other lower extremity musculoskeletal disorders result in muscle impairments. This means that understanding the functional role of these muscles is absolutely essential to the management and properly-focused rehabilitation of knee disorders. A proper assessment of knee function requires a thorough assessment of dynamic muscle function.

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Dr. Dan Rhon is a clinician, active researcher, and assistant professor at Baylor University in Texas. He received an MPT and DSc through Baylor University and then a DPT through Temple University. He attended a manual therapy clinical fellowship at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas, is a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic…

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1. Basic Anatomy and Physiology of the Stabilizing Muscles of the Knee

We will cover the anatomy and function of the primary muscle groups relevant to dynamic stability of the knee. Three overviews will be covered: factors that affect stability in the knee, flexor and extensor muscle groups, and muscles that affect stability in the knee.

2. Etiology & Functional Implications of Common Muscle Impairments Related to Common Knee Disorders

This chapter will cover the etiology of muscle impairments, along with the implication of these impairments on the function of the lower extremity. Dr. Rhon will explain how muscle function changes depending on whether the leg is in an open chain versus closed chain position

3. Assessment of Muscle Impairments Related to Knee Disorders

In the final chapter of this course we will cover the assessment of motor control, muscle length, and dynamic function of the lower extremity. Open chain assessments of the muscle, closed chain assessments of the muscle, and functional assessment of the lower extremity will be discussed.

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