Hip Structure and Function – Online Course

Structure and Function of the Hip Joint

Michael Reiman, PT, DPT, PhD, MEd, OCS, SCS, ATC, FAAOMPT, CSCS 

Rehab Learning Center Online Course – 2.9 hours
APTA North Carolina
Physical Therapy Course BOC Approved

The structure and function of the hip joint are unique. It is a ball-and-socket synovial joint similar to the shoulder and does have similar biomechanical and pathological characteristics. It does, though, have unique characteristics. These characteristics (both similar and unique) can be contributors to hip dysfunction.

It can be challenging to prescribe the most appropriate exercises for various hip conditions. Comprehension of static and dynamic hip structure, muscular function, nervous system structure and function, as well as foundational biomechanical principles can assist with both diagnostic and intervention strategies.

This course utilizes extensive visual images, videos and detailed descriptions of the structure and function of the hip. The biomechanical principles build on the material introduced earlier in the course. Additionally, this course details how to consider hip structure, biomechanics and function when designing exercise programs.

This course is appropriate for both the rehab specialist student and clinician as the detail provided is comprehensive, logical and progressive. 


  • Identify the distinct morphological structures of the hip and their clinical relevance.
  • Identify the various motions limited by the hip ligaments.
  • Identify the clinical relevance femoral torsion.
  • Identify the function of the primary muscles in the hip; both when the foot is moving free in space and when the foot is fixed on the ground.
  • Identify limitations in various hip muscle performance assessments.
  • List the neural tension assessments for the nerves discussed.
  • List the primary hip bursae and their “function(s)”.
  • List the arthrokinematics of the hip.
  • List the various clinical considerations when assessing hip motion.

Course Information

Estimated Time: 2.9 hours


Course Instructor:

Michael Reiman, PT, DPT, PhD, MEd, OCS, SCS, ATC, FAAOMPT, CSCS

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It is Rehab Learning Center’s Philosophy to examine and treat our patients holistically (e.g. bio-psycho-social). This course is an emphasis on the biological aspects. Our larger hip course (9 continuing education units) addresses all aspects of treatment and examination according to our philosophy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Any student or healthcare provider wanting to more comprehensively understand and apply hip-related anatomy, biomechanical concepts, and hip function as it relates to both assessing and treating the hip joint.

This course is a deeper dive into hip joint anatomy, structure, and biomechanical concepts as they relate to the function of the hip joint, as well as the examination and intervention of the hip. These concepts are covered in our 9-hour course, just not to this extent. The 9-hour course focuses on differential diagnosis, assessment utility, and intervention concepts (e.g., prescription principles, exercise modifications) as related to surgical and non-surgical rehab, as well as specific surgical procedures. These courses were designed to be complementary to each other.

You are also welcome to email us at Rehab Learning Center if you do not see your particular question answered.

Physical Therapy Course BOC Approved

This course meets the standards for continuing education by most state physical therapy boards. Please contact your state board for details on their specific requirements.

Rehab Learning Center (BOC AP#: P10231) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers.

Course Information

Estimated Time: 2.9 hours