Curt Kindel, PT, PhD, OCS

Clinical Biomechanics of the Lower Extremety: The Intersection of Muscle, Joint, and Function

Dr. Kindel graduated from St. Francis University with a Bachelor of Science in 1999 and a Master of Physical Therapy in 2001. He worked full time in outpatient orthopedics for six years. In 2007, Dr. Kindel received his board certified specialization in Orthopaedics from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He began teaching full time in the Department of Physical Therapy at St. Francis in August of 2007. In May of 2015, Dr. Kindel graduated with his PhD in Biomechanics from Penn State University. He currently is an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. As well as teaching, he also continues a parttime practice in outpatient orthopedics. He is married and has two teenage daughters.

Session Description

Instruction in mechanics of the musculoskeletal system is an integral part of physical therapists’ and physical therapist assistants’ education. In practical application, however, many of those foundational concepts are not soundly or fully implemented. In addition, research is constantly identifying new insights that should inform and improve the effectiveness of evaluation and treatment. This course will review established biomechanical concepts, introduce new ones, and apply them specifically to the movement system of the lower extremity. Evaluative techniques and therapeutic interventions of the lower extremity will be discussed and analyzed.

Course Objectives

  1. Identify characteristics of the musculoskeletal system and how they relate to movement or restoration of movement
  2. Explain mechanics of the lower extremity and how they relate to function
  3. Apply biomechanical principles to common diagnoses and pathologies of the joints of the lower extremity
  4. Discuss common compensations individuals make when pathologies interfere with normal motion or function
  5. Apply and analyze evaluative techniques of the lower extremity based upon biomechanical principles and concepts
  6. Evaluate therapeutic exercises based on characteristics of muscle, joint mechanics, and functional relevance for the lower extremity