#7132 Kinetic Chain Diagnosing and Treating Injuries
Despite the fact that the function of the musculoskeletal system is traditionally taught relative to the open kinetic chain, most practitioners would argue that the study of closed kinetic chain activities are more relevant to our patient population, particularly with regard to the lower extremities. Whether we are rising from a chair, getting into our car, ascending or descending stairs, walking or running, our bodies are tasked with overcoming the forces of gravity. Those forces demand response in the form of joint motion and muscular activity. These joint responses are predictable due in large part to the phenomenon called segmental interdependence. Ligamentous tension and bony architecture of the joint surfaces create predictable motion between segments along the length of the kinetic chain. Having a good understanding of normally occurring motion along the kinetic chain helps make us better able to identify abnormalities and determine the impact on static and dynamic tissues. (Intermediate Level)
Instructor: David Volkringer, PT MPT, OCS
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