Erik Meira - Hip and Knee: Complex Understanding for Simple Solutions

Hofte- og knekurs med Erik Meira!

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Faggruppen for manuellterapi /Norsk fysioterapeutforbund: Godkjenner kurset med 13t i forbindelse med spesialisering / opprettholdelse av spesialisttittel.


The hip and knee are a complex pairing comprising the structural and functional core of many human movements, from ADL to sport. Rehab professionals such as physical therapists and athletic trainers are in a unique position to evaluate, treat, and oversee the recovery of patients with hip and knee injuries. They also often find themselves in the position to assist with developing injury reduction programs for active populations. Having a deeper understanding of what is known and not known can help professionals develop the most effective programs to address these issues.

This two-day course will include lecture and lab demonstration to explore the complexity of the hip and the knee. Topics including femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), acetabular labral and chondral injuries, tendinopathies in the region such as gluteal, psoas, and patellar, ligamentous injuries, meniscal tears, and patellofemoral pain (PFP) will be discussed. There will also be extensive exploration of postoperative management and return to play strategies for common procedures such as anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR), femoroplasty, and labral and meniscal repairs.

This complex content will be presented in a way that is simple to understand and even simpler to implement by focusing on key concepts in a hierarchical format.


Erik Meira


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the current understanding of the mechanisms of injury in non-arthritic intra-articular hip pathologies and knee injuries
  • Perform a simple screen for hip patients that would benefit from early surgical consult and for athletes that may be at higher risk for knee injury or second injury
  • Explain how to manipulate biomechanics to alter symptom presentation in hip and knee pathologies
  • Implement a simple screening tool for identifying those at risk for injury
  • Rank primary goals of postoperative rehabilitation to stay focused on key factors to reduce second injury and maximize return to sport function
  • Develop a targeted and streamlined exercise progression for maximal benefit
  • Give a basic description of dynamical systems and how that applies to rehabilitation


Day 1

09:00 - 09:45

Introduction/How to science

09:45 - 10:45

Understanding human movement as a dynamical system

10:45 - 11:00


11:00 - 12:00

Overview of hip pathologies

12:00 - 12:30

Examination of the hip (Lecture/Lab)

12:30 - 13:30


13:30 - 14:45

Operative and postoperative management of hip pathologies

14:45 - 15:30

Exercise considerations for hip rehabilitation (Lecture/Lab)

15:30 - 15:45


15:45 - 17:00

Overview of knee pathologies and biomechanics

Day 2

09:00 - 10:30

Mechanisms of ACL injuries/Injury reduction strategies

10:30 - 10:45


10:45 - 12:00

Operative management of knee pathologies

12:00 - 13:00


13:00 - 14:00

Postoperative rehab of knee pathologies/Return to play decision making

14:00 - 15:30

Exercise progressions for knee rehabilitation (Lecture/Lab)

15:30 - 15:45

Final Comments/Conclusion

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