Non-Operative and Post-Operative Treatment of Complex Knee Injuries – Live Course

Rehabbing Adolescents to Adults from Initial Injury Through Return to Play


Sports related injuries happen every day; from minor sprains and strains to more serious injuries that require interventions ranging from operative to non-operative treatments. The American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine states that roughly 150,000 ACL injuries occur in the United States yearly, which accounts for over $500 million in health care related costs.  Having a strong understanding of how to successfully rehab complex knee injuries to the ACL, Meniscus and other structures will improve patient outcomes and their adherence rehabilitation.

This 1-day course will focus on common complex knee injuries afflicting patients of all ages from adolescents to adulthood; and all skill levels from active individuals, to amateur and professional athletes.  Through a combination of lectures and hands-on labs we will review examination techniques and treatment plans, from initial injury to return to play, led by specific patient examples and case reports.  During this lab intensive course, the attendee will learn new and exciting strategies to rehab the lower quarter both in patients who are attempting to prevent surgery and patients who are being treated post operatively.  At the end of this seminar, the attendee will feel confident treating a wide range of knee injuries and be competent in proper progressions of range of motion, manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and return to play criteria.


  1. Identify the location and function of major knee anatomy including but not limited to ligamentous and cartilage structures.
  2. Explain in detail a thorough evaluation process for determining disfunction and limitations related to various tissue injuries.
  3. Implement appropriate non-operative and post-operative treatment plans for all complex knee injuries discussed.
  4. Demonstrate competency in joint assessment evaluation techniques including various special tests of the knee.
  5. Critically appraise new research available on diagnosis and treatment of various complex knee injuries.
  6. Recite various co-pathologies and comorbidities related to complex knee injuries discussed.

Tuition Price: (Price per Student)

*Early-bird: $239
Standard: $259

*Early-bird rate expires 14 days prior to the course

Course Outline

A. Introduction (8:00-8:30)
a. Treatment approach philosophy and Combination of methods
b. Anatomy and biomechanics of the knee

B. Examination of the Knee (Lecture and Lab) (8:30-9:30)
a. Lecture: Subjective Exam
b. Lab: Comprehensive knee physical examination, discussion of positive findings

C. ACL (Lecture) – case report (9:30-10:45) (10:15-10:30 Break)
a. History/Background Info
b. Surgical vs Non-Surgical
c. Co-Pathologies – meniscal or collateral ligament involvement
d. Graft Options
e. Patellar (BTB), Hamstring, Quad, Allograft
f. Differences in rehab approach, precautions, or areas to focus on
g. PT Treatment – Pre-op to Post-op to Return to Play

D. Collateral Ligaments – Case reports (10:45-12:00)
a. MCL Sprain vs Tear – Treatment Approach
b. Surgical vs Non-Surgical treatment plans
c. Isolated LCL tear – treatment approach
d. Surgical vs Non-Surgical treatment plan

E. Patellar Instability – Case reports (1:00-2:00)
a. Non-operative treatment:
b. Treatment approach from initial eval to return to play
c. Surgical Options and Post-operative treatment
d. Lateral Release and Lateral Release with Medial Plication
e. Treatment Plan from Initial Eval to Return to Play

F. Therapeutic Exercise Progression Lab (2:00-3:00)

G. Co-Pathologies and Complications (3:15-4:00)
a. Co-Pathologies
b. Common Complications

H. Research and EBP (4:00-4:30)
a. Review and Discussion of current available research

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