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Winter 2022: Hip and Knee: Complex Understanding for Simple Solutions, by Erik Meira

  • 29-Jan-2022
  • 8:00 AM
  • 30-Jan-2022
  • 3:45 PM
  • Best Western Premier Helena Great Northern Hotel


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Hip and Knee: Complex Understanding for Simple Solutions

Presented by Erik Meira, PT, DPT

14 Contact Hours, MT category A 

Full Course information can be found by scrolling down below.

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Provisions include coffee/tea in the morning and lunch at the business meeting. Snacks are not served at breaks. 

Accommodations and Meeting Sites:

Room Block and Meeting Site will be at Best Western Premier Helena Great Northern Hotel. Please call the hotel at 406-457-5500, request the MAPTA Winter Conference Block (contracted prior to re-branding) at $170, by January 11.

Committees and Board Meeting

January 28, 2022:

  • 6:00 - 8:00pm Board Meeting,  ZOOM

Business Meeting

Business meeting and elections will be held at noon on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022 OVER ZOOM. Lunch is included for those registered for the course. Please RSVP if you are not registered (you may register online for this without paying).

Please send agenda items to the office or President Christian Appel by Jan. 8, 2022. Final agenda will be posted in the members only section at www.aptamt.com by Jan. 19, 2022.

COVID-19 Era - Expectations and Requirements:

Getting your vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and others against COVID-19. There are numerous locations across Montana where you can still get your vaccine. We are not requesting proof of vaccination at the meeting but encourage everyone attending to be vaccinated. If not vaccinated, we expect you will self test prior to the meeting to monitor your health status to ensure you don't participate if infected.

Personal responsibility: Attendees should immediately remove themselves from participation if testing positive or simply exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. If you learn you were in "close contact" with an individual (less than 6 feet away for at least 15 minutes over 24 hours) who is positive for COVID- 19, please follow the CDC's recommended protocols for testing and potential quarantine based on vaccination status.

Distancing: We will set the room up classroom style, and will place chairs at every 2-3 seats. We do not have a full class and currently have under 30 at this writing.

Masks: Regardless of vaccination status, we ask that everyone attend with masks on at all times, except when speaking at a microphone as part of event proceedings or when in the act of eating or drinking.

Cancellation Policy

APTA MT reserves the right to refuse/cancel an event registration. If APTA MT refuses a registration, registrants will be offered a full refund.

Registration Cancellation by Participant:

Cancellations will be accepted in writing via email or mail. A $25.00 administration fee will be withheld when cancellation occurs up to ten days prior to the start of the event; 50% refund if cancelled 2-10 days prior; 25% refund if cancelled 0-1 day prior.


Group Discounts:

10% Discount for 3 or more APTA Member PTs/PTAs from one clinic. Fees for all persons must be made with one payment. No exceptions. Credit will not be provided at a later date. Combining discounts (ie Lifetime AND Group) is not applicable. If you need to take advantage of this, call us for a group code to pay online, or mail in your check with participant names.

Student Discounts:

Students may take this course at a rate discounted by 50% of the member and non-member rate, if there is space available prior to the start of the course. This course is a laboratory class with limited space, and therefore we must limit the spaces available at the student rate. If you are a student and would like to attend if we do have extra room for this course, please register for the student waitlist. APTA MT will notify you one week prior to start of the course to offer you a space in the course, if available.

Lifetime Member:

Lifetime members may take any non-limited seating, APTA MT sponsored CE at 50% discount. Combining discounts (ie Lifetime AND Group) is not applicable. If you need to take advantage of this, call us for a group code to pay online, or mail in your check with participant names.

About the course:

Course Description:

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, gluteal/psoas/patellar tendinopathies, 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.

Course Objectives:

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

  • Use a funnel analogy to simplify the complexities of evidence-based practice
  • Describe the current understanding of the mechanisms of injury in non-arthritic intra-articular hip pathologies
  • 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 lower extremity dysfunction
  • Summarize the most effective programs for reducing the risk for lower extremity injuries
  • Prioritize primary goals of postoperative rehabilitation to 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

Course Agenda:

Day One:

7:00am - 8:00am APTA MT Pre Course Professional Forum

8:00 - 12:00pm   with 10 minute break: 

  • Applying science to practice
  • Understanding human movement as a dynamical system
  • Overview of knee pathologies and biomechanics

12:00 - 1:30pm   APTA Montana Business Luncheon

 2:00 - 6:00pm with 10 minute break:

  • Mechanisms of ACL injuries/Injury reduction strategies
  • Operative management of knee pathologies
  • Postoperative rehab of knee pathologies/Return to play decision making

Day two: 

7:30am - 12:00pm with 10 minute break: 

  • Exercise progressions for knee rehabilitation (Lecture/Lab if able)
  • Knee cases
  • Overview of hip pathologies
  • Examination of the hip

12:00pm - 12:30pm   Lunch (on your own)

12:30pm - 2:00pm: 

  • Examination of the hip (continued)
  • Operative and postoperative management of hip pathologies
  • Exercise progressions for hip rehabilitation (Lecture/Lab)
  • Final Comments/Conclusion

About the Speaker

Erik P. Meira, PT, DPT

Erik P. Meira, PT, DPT is currently the clinic director of Black Diamond Physical Therapy in Portland, OR, a clinic that specializes in sports rehabilitation, and is a clinical advisor to the University of Portland NCAA Division I program. He is an ABPTS Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist and an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with extensive experience in the management of sports injuries at many different levels. Educated at the University of Florida he began his career at The George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC before relocating to Portland, Oregon.

He has authored several articles and textbook chapters and has lectured privately and at conferences sponsored through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) covering topics such as the hip, knee, shoulder, exercise prescription, returning athletes to sport, science application, and PT practice business models and is a regular reviewer for several medical journals. He is the founder and the original chair of the Hip Special Interest Group of the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy (AASPT) and former chair of the Educational Programming Team. Currently he serves on their Executive Committee as the Representative at Large. He is also the co-host of PT Inquest, a podcast dedicated to understanding physical therapy science, and the author of The Science PT blog.

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