The Course

Pilates Teachers’ Perspective of Lower Extremity Pathologies and Joint Replacements
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This 16-hour course is designed for comprehensively trained Pilates instructors and licensed health care professionals with Pilates training. Learn interventions in the Pilates environment that will help improve stability, alignment and power in the lower extremities, restoring function from impairment through performance.

This course will address the following dysfunctions

  • Trochanteric Bursitis,
  • Iliopsoas Disorders,
  • SI Joint Dysfunction
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Patellofemoral Syndrome,
  • Chrondromalacia of the Patella,
  • Pes Anserinus Bursitis,
  • IT Band Syndrome 
  • Osteoarthritis of the Hip & Knee
  • Knee replacements (TKA)
  • Hip Replacements (THA)

Day one:

Hip & Knee Pathologies & Pilates

      An Excursion into Restoring Hip & Knee Alignment, Mobility and Stability

Hip & Knee Syndromes account for thousands of office visits to an Orthopeadic Surgeon each year! Many of these disorders are due to overuse, mal-alignment and lack of congruency of the joint. Pilates offers a way to restore and maintain hip & knee function in the form of low impact strengthening exercises that are readily adaptable to target specific syndromes giving your client a successful movement experience without pain.

In this workshop we will review anatomy and guidelines for movement for various common pathologies such as Trochanteric Bursitis, Iliopsoas Disorders, Snapping Hip Syndrome, SI Joint Dysfunction, Patello Femoral Syndrome, Chrondromalacia of the Patella, Pes Anserinus Bursitis, IT Band Syndrome and Hip & Knee Osteoarthritis.  We will explore and practice movements within the Pilates repertoire that are easily adaptable and modified to meet the needs of clients with these types of hip and knee impairments.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will review hip & knee anatomy & basic kinesiology
  2. To lessen the fear associated with working with a client with a hip or knee condition
  3. Review and discussion of pathology and ROM guidelines for common overuse and arthritic hip & knee impairments
  4. Participants will learn how to incorporate modifications and adaptations on the mat, reformer, chair and trapeze to accommodate the needs of individuals with common lower extremity impairments

Day Two

Integrating Pilates Training in the Pre-Habilitation and Post-Operative conditioning of the Hip and Knee Arthroplasty Client

Joint replacements are on the rise especially as individuals seek to stay active with good range of motion of their joints without discomfort. It is projected that by 2015, up to 2 million primary knee and hip replacements will be conducted annually. More than 50% of primary hip and knee Arthroplasties encompass a much younger individual with an average age of 45-65, who in turn are demanding a more rapid and complete return to function. With joint replacements on the rise a Pilates instructor may see up to 1-2 clients weekly with a knee or hip replacement. Having a protocol to work safely and effectively with this population is a key ingredient for your practice.

This interactive workshop will include demonstration and practice on how to incorporate Pilates mat and equipment exercises into a program for clients with a knee or hip replacement pre- and post-operatively.  At the end of this workshop you will understand the adaptability of the method and why Pilates is an ideal form of pre-habilitation and post-rehabilitation and fitness for these populations. This workshop will provide you with the following:

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will understand the impact Pre-Habilitation has upon the success of rehabilitation for the hip and knee client.
  1. Learn how to “set the foundation” for a Pilates exercise program for these populations based upon range of motion guidelines for the Hip and Knee Arthroplasty client
  1. Participant will learn to use critical reasoning while designing a movement class for a client post-operatively.
  1. Learn to safely adapt the method to the individual needs of the hip and knee client incorporating the mat, reformer, trapeze, barrels and chair
  1. Participants will learn the science of evidence based practices that support Pilates intervention for this population

The goals for this workshop are:

  • To lessen the fear associated with working with a client with a hip or knee joint replacement
  • To establish a protocol and guidelines while working with the Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA) and Total Hip Arthroplasty (THA) population using Pilates as a form of pre and post-rehabilitation and fitness in particularly during the first year post-operatively
  • To design a lifelong Pilates program that enhances the quality of life of the individual and prolongs the life of the Arthroplasty for the hip or knee replacement client
  • For Pilates instructors to have the tools needed to reach out to their community and provide the awareness that Pilates is a perfect form of rehabilitation and fitness for individuals with a hip and or knee Arthroplasty pre and post-operatively

Course Developed by:

Beth A. Kaplanek. RN, BSN

Practitioner of Pilates for Rehabilitation

PMA Certified Instructor

Polestar Pilates Educator

Beth A. Kaplanek, RN, is a Practitioner of Pilates for Rehabilitation. Beth started her career in fitness in 1998, teaching aerobics and personal training.  Previously, Kaplanek served for 20 years as a registered nurse working in various capacities within emergency room care, operating room care, intensive care, drug counseling and rehabilitation, and hospice care.

After undergoing a hip replacement in 2001, Kaplanek began using Pilates as a form of low impact exercise for strength and flexibility training. Encouraged by the positive prognosis of her physician, she began researching how the Pilates Method® could be modified and successfully utilized by individuals with hip or knee conditions and replacements. She has been teaching Pilates since 2003 and has had the opportunity to see and demonstrate the positive impact that the Method can have on individuals with knee and hip issues both in the pre-habilitation and post-operative rehabilitation stages. Along with Dr Brett Levine and Dr William Jaffe the research and discussions regarding Pilates as form of Post-operative rehabilitation for Knee and Hip Arthroplasties was published within the Bulletin of the NYU for Joint Diseases and Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. In addition they have showcased Pilates’s adaptability in a newly released book entitled  “Pilates for Hip and Knee Syndromes and Arthroplasties.