I actually couldn't have been happier with the ortho course. The instructor basically broke down the diagnosis and treatment of everything hip/groin/pelvis related. Additionally, he used diagnostic ultrasound imaging to show which muscles were being used with variations of exercises. This can be extremely beneficial for educating patients on proper motor control. Probably the most interesting component of the lecture, however, was the discussion of the "rotator cuff" of the hip. These muscles include: iliacus, gluteus minimus, lower gluteus maximus, and deep rotators of the hip. The gluteus medius, while important, was compared to the deltoid of the shoulder. Basically, we should be establishing control of the core and hip "rotator cuff" prior to focusing on the larger muscles.
Overall, I learned quite a bit from the course. Even though this conference wasn't the same as those at the national level, the quality of courses was outstanding. I recommend taking a closer look to consider attending some conferences in your respective states. Chances are you will find a course where you will learn some very interesting concepts.
James Heafner DPT, Chris Fox DPT, and Brian Schwabe DPT, CSCS are recent graduates of Saint Louis University's Program in Physical Therapy.