Hip, Thigh, Knee

With Instructor Anthony Von der Muhll, L.Ac., DNBAO, FAIPM

Date: TBD. Please let us know of your interest in a distance-learning class.

Billed yearly until cancelled


Integrative evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of hip, thigh and knee pain and injuries with AOM modalities.

Day 1: Anatomy, History and Physical Exam

  • Clinical anatomy, kinematic chains, and relationships to AOM jing-luo, jing-jin and zang-fu, and emotional disharmonies.
  • The degenerative cascade in the hip and knee: eastern and western.

 Diagnostic priorities.

  • Urgent/serious medical conditions: spinal referred pain; joint infection, derangement and instability; arterial compression, venous thromboses, and avascular necrosis; pediatric/developmental conditions.
  • Intra- vs. extra-articular vs. neuropathic conditions.
  • Contributing factors and motion dysfunctions.
  • AOM primary (jing-luo) and sinew (jing-jin) meridian patterns.

History-taking for the hip, thigh, and knee: key diagnostic questions.

Physical exam of the hip, thigh, and knee (live class only)

  • Surface anatomy, inspection and palpation.
  • Active range-of-motion: measurements, diagnostic significance.
  • Passive range-of-motion/joint stress tests.
  • Manual strength testing.
  • Special orthopedic tests.
  • Correlating history and physical exam with imaging studies.
  • Documenting normal and abnormal findings.

Day 2: Diagnosis, Pattern Identification, and Treatment

Treatment modalities include:

Hip joint.

  • Hip tendinitis/apophysitis; TFL and sartorius strains.
  • Bursitis: greater trochanter, ischial tuberosity, iliopsoas.
  • Femoral acetabular impingement and hip joint labral tears.
  • Hip degenerative joint disease/osteoarthrosis.

Thigh and knee joint.

  • Acute strains and chronic myofascial pain: quadriceps, hamstrings, adductors, popliteus.
  • Patello-femoral and pes anserine tendinitis and bursitis.
  • Iliotibial band friction and chondromalacia patella syndromes.
  • Sprains and chronic hypermobility: ACL, MCL, LCL, PCL, superior tibio-fibular joint.
  • Meniscal and coronary ligament tears and degeneration.
  • Knee degenerative joint disease/osteo-arthrosis.

Peripheral compression neuropathies.

  • Sciatic nerve entrapment: hamstrings.
  • Lateral femoral cutaneous and genito-femoral nerve entrapment.