LQ: Comprehensive Management of the Lower Quarter


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This course focuses on skill acquisition of examination and intervention including manual therapy and therapeutic exercise/activities for the hip, knee, ankle and foot. Clinical reasoning and evidence-informed practice are underscored throughout instruction utilizing thrust and non-thrust manual techniques and exercise in accordance with participants’ state practice acts. Safety, skill, and indications with each technique are highlighted. Learning is enhanced with the practical application of patient cases. This is a lab-intensive course with the majority of time spent in skill acquisition with supervised practice encouraged.

Target Audience: PTs, PTAs, ATs

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructional Methods: Hands-on lab, lecture with Q&A, group discussion, patient cases, evidence review

Course Completion Requirements: must attend entire 2-day course, complete the post-course survey and post-course learner assessment

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16 Hour Course

17 CCUs awarded through ProCert

16 CEUs will be offered for Certified Athletic Trainers




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Course Rationale

Lower extremity disorders are commonly encountered in the orthopedic physical therapy population. There is increased demand for evidence-informed treatments in order to reduce variability in practice. This course teaches a standardized approach to examination and treatment these conditions utilizing the best current evidence, which includes manual therapy and exercise.

Course Objectives

  • Participants will utilize evidence-informed examination of the lower extremity, with a particular emphasis on active and passive motion testing in a standardized fashion.
  • Participants will synthesize and analyze data from the examination of the lower extremity on signs and symptoms approach.
  • Participants will be able to identify key diagnostic and treatment studies for lower extremity dysfunctions.
  • Participants will demonstrate proficiency with techniques for lower extremity and justify these techniques using clinical reasoning and application of current best evidence.
  • Participants will discuss contraindications related to the lower extremity treatments, including screening of the lumbar spine.
  • Participants will perform selected techniques including lower extremity manipulation and mobilization.


Saturday Agenda

Time Topic
7:30-8:00 Breakfast
8:00-8:30 Lab Kickoff and Introductions, expectations, objectives
8:30-8:45 Clinical Reasoning Model
8:45-9:45 Screening: posture, lumbar and thoracic clearing
9:45-10:15 Screening: neuro exam, vascular screen, neurodynamics
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:15 Hip Examination: hip vs lumbar, AROM, PROM
11:15-12:00 Hip Examination: accessory exam, MMT
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:00 Hip Manual Interventions: HVLAT
2:00-3:00 Hip Manual Interventions: mobilization, MET
3:00-4:00 Hip Manual Interventions: passive stretching
4:00-5:00 Hip Exercises: self-mobilization, stretching, strengthening
5:00-5:15 Round Robin, Q&A, wrap-up


Sunday Agenda

Time Topic
7:30 -8:00 Breakfast
8:00-8:30 Round Robin
8:30-9:15 Knee assessment: AROM, PROM
9:15-10:00 Knee assessment: accessory exam, special tests
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:15 Knee interventions: mobilization, MWM
11:15-12:00 Knee interventions: exercise
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:00 Foot / Ankle assessment
2:00-3:00 Foot / Ankle Interventions
3:00-4:00 Advanced Functional Training LQ
4:00-5:00 Patient Case Discussion
5:00-5:15 Round Robin, Q&A, Wrap-up



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