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Total Knee Arthroplasty: Stair Negotiation and Gait

Course #: 03-786

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CE Credit Hours: 1.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours

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Course Description

CEU Course Description

The ability to climb stairs is a highly demanding task for the musculoskeletal system, and gait adaptations after total knee arthroplasty (TKA) might be more pronounced during stair climbing than during level walking.  The goal of this CEU course is to compare full body kinematics and kinetics between patients with good functioning TKA and a healthy control group during stair ascending and level walking.


CEU Course Objectives 

  1. Explain what has been proposed as a compensatory stabilizing mechanism for abnormal function of the quadriceps muscle because of loss of function or loss of muscle force after extended periods of pain.
  2. Examine the differences between TKA-patients and age-matched controls during stair ascending compared to level walking.
  3. Identify which muscles TKA-patients should strengthen to improve knee kinetics in the sagittal plane for level walking and ascending stairs.


CEU Course Syllabus

  TKA Introduction and Stair Climbing  

  0.12 Contact Hours  

  Gait Analysis   0.25 Contact Hours 
  Kinematic Results   0.25 Contact Hours 
  Discussion and Conclusion    0.38 Contact Hours 

Total = 1 Contact Hour

Instructional level:  Intermediate

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