Acetabular labral tears are reported to be a major cause of hip dysfunction in young to middle-age patients and a primary precursor to hip osteoarthritis. The management of hip injuries in the athletic population "...has rapidly evolved over the past decade with our improved understanding of mechanical hip pathology." (Lynch et al., 2013) 

Medical and rehabilitation differential diagnosis of the hip involves many options such as labral tear, femoroactebular impingement (FAI), hip capsular laxity/instability, chondral lesions, septic joint or loose body in the joint.  New technology allows improved identification of tears and arthroscopic surgical repairs, yet time of injury to diagnosis is still often delayed, making long-term prognosis for hip preservation poor. 

The risks of arthroscopic surgery, which, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, are equal to complication rates of open hip surgeries, coupled with the lack of long term follow up studies for arthroscopic procedures, makes conservative approaches like physical therapy a valuable tool.  

This 12 hour continuing education course presents a comprehensive methodology for  the recommended trials of conservative therapy covered in current literature.    

This course will give special attention to identification of differential diagnosis of specific tissues of the pelvic girdle and hip joint for identification of intra-articular damage or premature joint degeneration.

The participant will be able to recognize high-risk populations, common musculoskeletal presentation of patients with hip dysfunction, and how to instruct in optimal recruitment patterns for prevention of long-range debility. 

Secondary and differential diagnoses of the hip and pelvis will be addressed in order to help the clinician understand how conventional and integrative therapies can be used in combination to provide better outcomes. 

Hip labrum injury will be addressed in the following clinical categories: injury prevention and wellness, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation, and organizational and professional health and well-being.

Current surgical methods will also be addressed in this continuing education course in order to provide the clinician with a well-rounded background in the management of labral injuries and related secondary lesions.

Therapists in increasing numbers are working with patients who have hip labral injuries prior to and following hip arthroscopic and open surgeries. Utilizing a case study framework, this course will provide you with the opportunity to analyze the evaluation and intervention of the most current methods.

Audience: This continuing education seminar is targeted to physical therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapist assistants, registered nurses, nurse midwives, and other rehabilitation professionals. Content is not intended for use outside the scope of the learner's license or regulation. Physical therapy continuing education courses should not be taken by individuals who are not licensed or otherwise regulated, except, as they are involved in a specific plan of care.

Level: All levels, external pelvic floor techniques will be covered. Internal pelvic floor experience not required. 

Contact Hours: 12

Prerequisites: None; Participants should wear comfortable exercise clothes for this course

Special Considerations: As this continuing education online course includes lab work, all course attendees should come prepared to participate. You may also want a patient model to practice techniques on during the course.


Course curriculum

    1. A Quick Message from Ginger

    2. How to use this course

    3. Before we begin...

    1. Introduction and Goals

    1. Anatomy & Biomechanics

    1. Imaging and Surgical Techniques

    1. Guidelines to Integrative Practice: Yoga, Functional, & Lifestyle Medicine Considerations

    1. Differential Diagnosis Introduction

    2. Systemic Assessment

    3. Systemic Assessment Patient Model + RUSI

    4. Spine + 3D

    5. Spine Assessment Patient Model

    6. Hip Mimickers

    7. Hip Mimickers Assessment Patient Model

    8. Extra-Articular

    9. Extra-Articular Assessment Patient Model

    10. Intra-Articular

    11. Intra-Articular Assessment Patient Model

    12. Endurance

    13. Hip Assessment Decision Tree

About this course

  • $605.00
  • 45 lessons
  • 11.5 hours of video content

What You Will Learn

Musculoskeletal health and overall well-being do not exist in a vacuum. The entire person must be treated using a systems-based, biopsychosocial model of intervention in order to foster best outcomes. This course teaches you how to operationalize this model through hip differential diagnosis and integrative management.

  • Demonstrate methods for differential diagnosis of hip injury.

  • Describe the classification system of labral tears.

  • Demonstrate provocative tests used in differential diagnosis of hip joint injury.

  • Discuss current evidence-based medical and rehabilitation management for labral tears and related injuries of the hip in order to identify critical factors for intervention.

  • In a case study format, analyze the biopsychosocial model of assessment for prescribing intervention.

  • Identify Integrative, Lifestyle, and Functional Medicine interventions for hip and related pelvic pain management.

Dr. Garner is without a doubt the best physical therapist I have ever worked with.

Katie Estridge, PT, MPT, PYT

I would recommend that everyone work with Ginger Garner. She is without a doubt the best physical therapist I have ever worked with. She understands the human body like no one I have ever met. She is an intuitive healer and is caring, kind, and knowledgeable. Ginger genuinely wants the best for her patients. She helped me to understand my own body more effectively so I could heal from my injuries. I would drive for hours to see Ginger as a patient. All of Ginger’s techniques are backed by the latest evidence based practice. She is an inspiration to me and so many others. If you want to feel your best I highly recommend you do yourself a favor and see Ginger Garner.

I felt like my hip game was strong, but after this course I feel like Captain Marvel. Thanks Ginger!

Dr. Allan Buccola

Feeling great this week after the fantastic Hip course by Dr. Ginger Garner. It provides the most detailed and in-depth assessment of patients with complex hip pain. I felt like my hip game was strong before this course, and now I feel like Captain Marvel.

Dr. Garner is the most knowledgeable and professional physical therapist I have ever worked with.

Dr. Nancy Fisher, PhD

Dr. Garner is the most knowledgeable and professional physical therapist I have ever worked with. She was able to diagnose a structural issue, that others had missed, over a single video appointment. I particularly connect with her scientific approach to therapy and education so that I can fully understand the anatomical goals to my therapy. She literally wrote the book on Medical Therapeutic Yoga, which I highly recommend to anyone who is interested in understanding the anatomical and therapeutic approaches to healing structural injuries or recovery from surgery.

I am literally crying with joy and full of thankfulness for you.

Susan Good

Hello Dr. Garner, I just wanted to reach out and tell you how very much I appreciate you and all your knowledge/teaching! To be honest I am literally crying with joy and full of thankfulness for you. However, I am truly sorry you’ve had to endure this hip pain yourself in order to help countless others like myself. I won’t waste your time with my long story as we all have them, but please know that I am truly and sincerely full of appreciation for you and the help in my healing/journey to the best hips/body I can have. I look forward to learning more and more from you.

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Executive Director, Living Well Institute Dr. Ginger Garner

Dr. Ginger Garner PT, DPT, ATC/L is a therapist and educator. She founded Living Well Institute in 2001 to teach Integrative & Lifestyle Medicine in healthcare and is the creator of Medical Therapeutic Yoga. She also owns and operates Garner Pelvic Health. Dr. Garner is the author of multiple books, book chapters, and articles, and she has presented at over 20 conferences worldwide on the topics relating to integrative physical therapy. She is an active member of American Physical Therapy Association, volunteering in state and federal legislative capacities to improve access to physical therapy services. Ginger lives and works in Greensboro, NC and is a mom of four - three sons and the family rescue Labrador, Scout Finch.

Continuing Education Details

  • Time to Complete the Program

    This 12 hour course is entirely self-paced, and includes an optional Coaching Call.

  • Prerequisites

    A valid medical license (PT, OT, etc) in your state is required. No experience in Yoga, Integrative or Lifestyle Medicine is necessary.

  • CE Credit

    PT - This course is approved in NC. Many states have reciprocity, check your state and/or contact our office for more information.

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