Comprehensive Treatment of the Knee

Course Description

This class will show you an entirely different way to treat the knee. It focuses on a manual therapy approach to treatment of knee dysfunction, including joint mobilizations, meniscal mobilizations and myofascial / soft tissue releases. Multiple taping techniques are shown for dysfunctions at the patella and the tibio-femoral joints. You will also learn how dysfunctions above and below the knee can cause symptoms at the knee joint itself. It gives a clinician tools to treat knee pain in ways they have never seen before.

As with all of our manual therapy courses, this seminar will follow a progression of principles and reinforce them throughout the 16 hours, is at least 75% hands-on lab, and will give the clinician hands-on skills they use immediately upon their return to the clinical setting.

Knee Schedule

Course Objectives

At the completion of this seminar, the participant will be able to:

  • Correctly state 4 key anatomical structures and their application to joint mechanics, movement and dysfunction
  • State the 7 key treatment principles for joint mobilizations and 4 treatment principles for taping and orthotic therapy
  • Independently discuss 4 treatment concepts for myofascial release of the knee complex
  • State the key treatment concepts for strengthening and balance re-education as outlined in the course manual
  • Demonstrate each of the myofascial release techniques, joint mobilizations, taping and orthotic therapy techniques and each of the strengthening and balance re-education exercises as shown in the course manual with proficiency and skill

Course Instructors

Scott Braje

PT, MPT, CIMT


Scott graduated from Colorado State University in 1997 with a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science, a Minor in Anatomy and Neurobiology, a concentration in Wellness Program Management, and an emphasis in Cardiac Rehabilitation. He then moved out to San Francisco and obtained his CSCS while interning under the (former) president of the National Strength and Conditioning Association while engaging in high level athletic performance training. He obtained his Masters in Physical Therapy from Andrews University in Dayton, OH in 2000 and has worked in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy clinics ever since. He began working with Great Lakes in 2004, and, as consistent with Great Lakes philosophy, he uses a “test, treat, re-test” focus on each treatment to determine the proper course of action in achieving maximal results with each patient. Scott is presently the Clinic Director of the Physical Therapy Department at a multi-disciplinary Pain and Wellness Center in the North Shore of Boston.

Scott Braje

Course Outline

Saturday


7:30am

Continental Breakfast

8:00am

Lecture: Introduction, Overview of Anatomy, Biomechanics, Mobilizations, Fascia, and Taping

10:15am

Lecture: Meniscal Movements, Length-Tension Relationship Discussion, Infrapatellar Fat Pads, Functional Analysis of the Lower Extremity

12:00pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:00pm

Lab: Assessment and Palpation of the Knee Complex

2:45pm

Lab: Joint Mobilizations: Patella-Femoral, Tibio-Femoral, Proximal and Distal Tib-Fib, Talo-Crual, and Meniscal Mobilizations

4:30pm

Review

5:00pm

Review of Evidence-Based Literature for today’s topics

5:30pm

Adjourn

Sunday


7:30am

Continental Breakfast

8:00am

Review and Discussion of Pull Pain versus Pinch Pain (handout)

8:30am

Lab: Speed Mobilizations

9:00am

Lab: Mobilizations and MET for the Pelvis

10:45am

Lab: MFR

11:45am

Lab: Taping: Patella

12:00pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:00pm

Lab: Taping: Patella (cont’d) Counterforce Bracing, Fat Pad Lifting, Proximal and Distal Tib-Fib, Modified Low-Dye

3:00pm

Case Studies

4:15pm

Review

4:30pm

Review of Evidence-Based Literature for today’s topics

5:00pm

Adjourn

Course PDF

Course Brochure PDF