Online Course
Anatomy of the Hip
Enhance your knowledge of functional anatomy to better understand hip pathology

1.5-2 hours





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Rina Pandya
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Dr. Rina is an excellent course presenter and has experience with a range of conditions in various physiotherapy settings

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In 1964, Mennell described the hip joint as the most nearly perfect joint in the body. The hip connects the pelvis to the lower extremities and is considered one of the largest joints of the human body. Its primary roles are to allow weight-bearing through the lower extremities and to ensure stability, both in standing and when mobilising. The surrounding muscles enable the hip joint to withstand high forces during daily activities. Dynamic stability provided by the hip muscles can increase the static stability of the bones, ligaments, capsules and bursae. This course will explore the key anatomical features that enable the hip to perform its many roles.


This course aims to introduce a functional approach to understanding hip joint anatomy.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1.5-2 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.6 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • describe the static structures of the hip joint
  • describe the dynamic elements of the hip joint
  • discuss the relationship between the functional anatomy of the hip and the presence of pathology

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
It is an exciting course with a good presentation at the intermediate level of learning regarding anatomy and hip function.
Laura Barlone
United Kingdom
Good refresher on anatomy and functional applications. Lots of links to do a more in-depth study as needed.
Judith Dibble
South Africa
This course is quite interesting! It stimulates your knowledge base and critical thinking. Kudos!
Dominic Achieng'
I enjoyed this course! It describes all the bones that make up the hip joint, the muscles surrounding it, and the ligaments that hold it in place. I recommend this course to those who want to understand the structure of the hip joint in detail.
Михайло Кочетков
This course was most helpful and best described!
Ibtesam Abbasi
Dr Pandya is a great presenter with vast clinical knowledge. This course will assist in appreciating why the understanding of functional anatomy is beneficial to successful patient outcomes!
Raymond Nicholas
Trinidad And Tobago
Dr Pandya presents this course very well. Although it sounds basic, the practice and usage of the hip anatomy knowledge and associating it with injuries and patient complaints are clear and concise even for non-English speakers or learners like me. I wish this online course could be available, accessed and accepted in the Philippines.
Marissa Heidebrecht
Massage Therapist
United States