Online Course
Osteochondral Lesions
Achieve optimal rehabilitation outcomes in clients with osteochondral lesions

0.5-1 hour





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Helene Simpson
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Helene is an experienced physiotherapist and lecturer who specialises in the ankle-foot complex

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Ankle osteochondral lesions (OCL) often occur after moderate or severe ankle sprains. The compressive load between the talus and the tibia or fibula causes bone bruising and results in ankle pain with weight bearing. The pain and other symptoms associated with this condition can affect a patient's ability to walk, work and participate in sports. OCLs can be challenging to manage for both the rehabilitation professional and the patient. In this course, Helene Simpson explores these challenges and provides an overview of her approach to OCL rehabilitation.


This course aims to present rehabilitation strategies to manage osteochondral lesions.


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.


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 0.5-1 hour 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 - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. 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 0.6 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:

  • discuss the clinically relevant physiology of osteochondral lesions
  • discuss classification systems for osteochondral lesions
  • describe the clinical presentation of osteochondral lesions and their diagnostic tests
  • identify five special considerations when treating osteochondral lesions
  • design a management strategy for an individual with an osteochondral lesion based on a case scenario