Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA) is projected to increase by 673% by 2030, with 3.48 million Americans having TKA annually. 43% of all TKA clientele are under the age of 65 with this “younger” population trend projected to climb. Despite advances in surgical technique, computer technology, and TKA components, the therapy world has continued to use standard exercises to obtain range of motion “norms”. Often, do we ask ourselves why range of motion is necessary in the knee and how does it impact function? This course will address current components and surgical techniques. In addition, we will look at evidence-based protocols and emphasize simple treatment strategies often ignored. Finally, we will learn the need for function-based intervention and the role of therapy to maximize results following TKA.

Course Objectives

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

Course Agenda

  • 8:00 – Common Themes and research behind Total Knee Arthroplasty
  • 8:15 – TKA procedures including cruciate retaining, anteriomedial, subvastus, and Computer Aided Orthopedic Surgery
  • 8:35 – Why many surgeons completing TKA are resistant to using Computer Aided Orthopedic Surgery
  • 8:45 – Evidence based protocol with emphasis on functional achievement compared to a general timeline
  • 9:25 – 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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