Current Concepts of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, 4th Edition

Current Concepts of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

Developed by the orthopaedic section of the APTA these 12 monographs serve as an excellent starting point to begin a comprehensive OCS exam preparation plan.

These monographs represent a thorough review of anatomy and biomechanics of each body region, application of specific tests and measurements, musculoskeletal pathology, and effective treatment strategies. Recognized experts share evidence-based techniques in orthopaedic physical therapy evaluation, assessment, and intervention. The first monograph describes the multifaceted process of clinical reasoning and utilization of evidence-based practice physical therapy management. The remaining monographs each cover a major joint region of the body, from the cervical spine and temporomandibular joint to the foot and ankle. Each monograph concludes with case scenarios that require clinical problem solving and allows readers to compare their answers with the experts’ rationale.


Upon completion of this course the participant will be able to do the following:

  1. Define clinical reasoning as presented in the contemporary research literature and explain how clinical reasoning is a necessary tool in the application of evidence to practice.
  2. Describe the clinically relevant anatomy, biomechanics, and pathomechanics of each region of the body.
  3. Understand the pathology, diagnosis, and intervention for common dysfunctions, disorders, injuries, and lesions specific to each body region.
  4. Discuss differential diagnosis and medical screening in physical therapy including the presence of red or yellow flags and indications for referral to another health care provider.
  5. Understand the medical diagnosis and the associated physical therapy diagnosis related to trauma and degenerative pathologies, as well as those following surgical intervention.
  6. Identify and describe impairments and functional losses as a consequence of pathology.
  7. Be able to choose appropriate evidence-based therapeutic interventions for rehabilitation based on findings from self-report measures and the examination process.
  8. Understand the role of clinical prediction rules and classification based treatment strategies.
  9. Understand the risks and benefits associated with physical therapy interventions directed at specific areas of the body.
  10. Critique rehabilitation progressions, prognosis, and outcomes for selected common pathologies for each area of the body.
  11. Discuss the indications and contraindications for joint mobilization techniques.
  12. Assess progressive treatment programs for each joint or body region.
  13. Discuss the relationship between impairment findings, functional limitations, and disabilities in guiding treatment interventions.
  14. Describe autonomous physical therapy practice and its role in patient management utilizing current evidence.
  15. Correctly answer and explain rationale for all questions presented within the case scenarios for each body region.

Monograph Topics[unordered_list style=”bullet”]

  • Clinical Reasoning and Evidence-based Practice
  • The Cervical Spine
  • The Thoracic Spine and Rib Cage
  • The Shoulder
  • The Elbow
  • The Wrist and Hand
  • The Lumbar Spine
  • The Pelvis and Sacroiliac Joint
  • The Hip
  • The Knee
  • The Foot and Ankle
  • The Temporomandibular Joint


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