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Gross Anatomy Review of Common Clinical Lower Quarter Problems
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Earn 6 CEUs and help support the PT-PAC of MO at this MPTA Southwest District sponsored course.

4/21/2018
When: April 21
8:30am - 4pm
Where: Missouri State University - McQueary Family Health Science Hall (PT Building)
606 East Cherry Street
Springfield, Missouri  65897
United States
Contact: Jim Hackney

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Who should attend: 

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Athletic Trainers

Enrollment is limited to twenty individuals and course is approved by the MPTA for .6 CEUs.

Course fee: 

  • $125 per participant 

Proceeds will benefit the PT PAC and are not tax deductible


Although clinicians experienced gross anatomical dissection as students, most frequently, their objective at the time was learning material in order to achieve minimum competency, a good grade.  This course (6 contact hours), is designed in allow clinicians to re-exam anatomical structures, this time in the context of common musculoskeletal problems that most clinicians in a musculoskeletal practice encounter regularly.  We believe that this experience will enhance understanding of the structures involved in these problems, and in this way help refine clinical treatment techniques and plans.  Additionally, examining these anatomical structures should entice interesting clinical communication among the attendees. 

The course features the following experiences:

Review and discussion of common clinical problems of the lower quarter including:

  1. Pathologies related to anterior-medial hip pain (such as labral injuries), the constellation of problems which can be contributed to by overloading of the iliotibial band, knee ligament injuries, patella-femoral problems, ankle sprains and ankle tendon pathologies, and stability problems of the mid-foot.
  2. Hands on exploration of human cadaveric prosections prepared to demonstrate anatomical features of these problems.  You will be welcomed to manipulate the specimens and do further small dissection to enhance your own understanding.  Tools, gloves, and face-shields will be provided.

Course objectives:

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

1. Identify the structures and anatomical conditions which can lead to anterior medial hip pain, and the potential consequences of hip labral insufficiency to the articular surface of the femoral head.

2. Describe the structures which can face excessive pressure or friction from excessive tension on the iliotibial band; and the movement abnormalities which can cause it or result from it.

3. Identify the arthrokinematic changes of the knee joint which could occur as a result of knee ligament injuries.

4. Describe how different types of meniscal injuries can result in damaging weight-bearing patterns through the knee.

5. Describe the different movement abnormalities and muscle imbalances which may contribute to patella-femoral dysfunction.

6. Identify qualitatively the lengths of muscular moment arms of the ankle muscles, and describe how that relationship explains which muscles are primarily responsible for biomechanical demands in gait and sports.

7. Describe the mobility of the joints of the mid-foot, and identify which abnormalities of the joints and tissues can contribute to common lower extremity clinical problems.

Course agenda:

8:30-9 a.m. Register, Welcome, and Continental Breakfast
9 a.m.-12 p.m. Lecture: James Hackney PT, PhD- Review and Clinical Presentation of common clinical problems of the upper quarter including: Pathologies related to anterior-medial hip pain (such as labral injuries), the constellation of problems which can be contributed to by overloading of the iliotibial band, knee ligament injuries, patella-femoral problems, ankle sprains and ankle tendon pathologies, and stability problems of the mid-foot.
12-1 p.m.

A box lunch will be provided (Please identify your lunch preferences).

1-4 p.m.

Gross anatomical preparations demonstrated in Professional Building, Room 371(That is across the street.). Participants will have the opportunity to do further supervised dissection of the specimens and structures.

Sean Newton PT, PhD, Lyon HoughPhD, Lab Instructors

Instructor biographies:

James Hackney PT, Ph.D.

James Hackney PT, Ph.D. worked as a clinician primarily with sports and orthopedic patients for 20 years before completing a PhD in kinesiology from the University of Minnesota in 2007. His doctoral research investigated the biomechanical effects of ACL reconstruction on running, and his research continues to be focused on gait, and high velocity movements of the lower extremity as seen in sports or dance. James is Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at Missouri State University where he is course director for biomechanics, and is the primary faculty person for sports physical therapy.

Sean Newton PT, PhD

Sean Newton PT, PhD has taught Medical Anatomy for roughly 20 (1993) years starting at Creighton University, then at the University of Mobile and finally at Missouri State University. In addition Dr. Newton has taught courses in advanced regional anatomy to transitional students and entry level students in which students can concentrate on one area of the body such as the upper quarter. Dr. Newton has been a Physical Therapist since 2000 first in Alabama now in Missouri and is a member of the American Association of Clinical Anatomist (AACA).

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