Bill Stodart, PT, PhD, OCS

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

Bill Stodart PT, DPT, OCS received his BS degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh in 1989 and his DPT degree from Chatham University in 2007. He became a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 2008. He currently holds the rank of Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at St. Francis University where he has taught fulltime since 2011. His primary teaching focus is extremity and spinal orthopedic management. He continues active clinical practice at a local outpatient facility. In addition to his teaching commitments, he enjoys running, fitness, and recreational sports.

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