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Hip Osteoarthritis

presented by Christopher Bise, PT, MS, DPT, OCS

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The hip is the third most prevalent site of Osteoarthritis (OA), behind only the hand and the knee. As hip OA is a regular diagnosis in orthopedic practice, an understanding of the current body of evidence is critical in the ability to apply effective interventions. This course will provide a brief overview of hip OA, review the current literature and propose interventions based on recent findings.

Meet Your Instructor

Christopher Bise, PT, MS, DPT, OCS

Chris is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh. He has been a physical therapist for 20 years and an Orthopedic Certified Specialist since 2011. He completed his undergraduate and graduate physical therapy training at Boston University in 1994 (BS) and 1996 (MSPT) respectively. He completed his Doctor…

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1. Clinical Diagnosis of Hip Osteoarthritis

As physical therapy practice matures and enlightened consumers seek physical therapy through direct access mechanisms, the ability to identify those patients with suspected OA will be critical. This chapter will review the clinical and the radiographic diagnostic criteria for a diagnosis of hip OA, discuss common clinical findings associated with hip OA, and present a typical evaluation of the osteoarthritic hip.

2. Evaluation of the Arthritic Hip

Exercise as an intervention for osteoarthritis has long been recognized as an effective intervention for hip OA. Current evidence supports this and has begun to suggest dose and intensity. This chapter will discuss the evidence for this intervention and provide suggestions for an effective evidenced-based exercise program.

3. Manual Therapy for Hip Osteoarthritis

Manual therapy has been shown to be an effective intervention for those patients with hip OA. Alone, it had similar effectiveness to exercise. When combined with an exercise intervention and used in the surrounding regions as well, manual therapy provides an important element to treatment. This chapter will discuss using manual therapy alone and in combination with exercise to treat those with hip OA.

4. Additional Interventions for Hip Osteoarthritis

Though the previous two chapters cover many of the interventions used by a physical therapist, there are others that are used to augment exercise and manual therapy. This chapter provides a brief overview of the evidence behind those interventions and presents the research that may not be considered “mainstream.”

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