Online Course
Back and Upper Leg Regional Pain and Gait Deviations
Deepen your understanding of the effects of regional pain back and hip pain on gait deviations

1-1.5 hours





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Damien Howell
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Dr. Damien Howell promotes evidence-based, patient-centred, effective, and efficient Physical Therapy services

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Pain is known as the sixth vital sign and healthcare professionals are taught to give credence to a patient’s pain symptoms. Pain can be a complex symptom of musculoskeletal disorders. These disorders often require the clinician to utilise movement analysis to identify likely sources of pain. By correcting deviant movement patterns to a more idealised movement pattern, subjective pain can be improved and ideal function can be reestablished. This course, the second of nine in the Gait Analysis and Training Programme, discusses common gait deviations associated with the back and upper leg including osteoarthritis, anterior and lateral hip pain, gluteal tendinopathy, piriformis syndrome and knee pain. This course also introduces gait special topics for the older population.


This course aims to deepen the learner's knowledge of the effects of regional pain on gait deviation.


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 1-1.5 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 1.1 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 gait deviations caused by pain in the back region
  • describe gait deviations caused by pain in the hip region
  • describe gait deviations caused by pain in the knee region
  • explain the effects of gait deviations and pain on clinically relevant gait patterns

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.