Total Hip Arthroplasty (THA) has increased 166% in the last decade and will steadily climb with the emergence of the baby boomer generation. In addition, over 42% of all THA patients are under the age of 64. As minimally invasive procedures and ceramic components continue to trend upward, the therapy world continues to be “stuck” in standard treatment ideas and protocol. Standard therapy consists mainly of walking and strengthening but do these standard protocols end up developing poor patterns and compensatory outcomes? Do minimally invasive procedures yield better results? Does therapy take an active role in reducing hospital readmissions, falls, and infections? We will discuss the determinants of gait which should be emphasized over the “phases of gait” when preparing for functional mobility. Finally, we will learn the need for function-based intervention and the role of therapy to maximize results following THA.

Course Objectives

  • Identify the current trends and projections regarding total hip arthroplasty
  • Identify current components, surgical procedures, and functional treatment strategies for the THA client based on current evidence and research.
  • Identify the role of therapy in functional achievement using evidence and currently researched protocols for the THA client.
  • Identify documentation strategies and language for the THA client based on information provided in this course to justify therapy services to all payer sources.

Course Agenda

  • 8:00 PM – Common Themes and research behind Total Hip Arthroplasty
  • 8:10 – THA components including metal on metal, metal on plastic, ceramic on ceramic, and ceramic on plastic
  • 8:25 – THA procedures including anterior approach, direct lateral ,anterolateral, and Super Path
  • 8:40 – Evidence based protocol with emphasis on functional achievement compared to a general timeline
  • 9:10 – Documentation: ideas and strategies outside the box
  • 9:30 – Q/A and Adjourn


  • Trent Brown, MOT, OTR/L, BCG

Trent Brown, MOT, OTR/L, BCG, is a practicing therapist in Utah and is 1 of 24 credential holders of a board certification in gerontology (BCG) from the AOTA. Trent has worked in transitional rehab, acute care, skilled nursing, and home health over the course of his career. His master’s thesis, “Performance of ADL’s, functional activity, mobility, and confidence levels following total hip arthroplasty”, was the launching pad for his future clinical focus and passion. Trent has centered his practice on research, exercise, and activity to promote safety and outcomes during functional mobility and activity with adult and geriatric populations.

Trent served as vice president of the Utah Occupational Therapy Association (UOTA), where he helped co-author the new Utah Occupational Therapy Practice Act. He has received APTA approval as a certified continuing education presenter, teaches at the University of Utah as an adjunct professor and was recently the requested keynote speaker at the annual UOTA conference. Additionally, he has provided continuing education courses for thousands of clinicians throughout the country. His lectures incorporate hands-on demonstration on a myriad of topics, including joint arthroplasty, core strengthening, documentation, aging, and fall reduction.


Contact Hours: 1.5

Price: $49


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