Evaluation and Treatment of a Patient with Knee Pain: Comparison of Two Movement System Approaches

Los Angeles, California
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Evaluation and Treatment of a Patient with Knee Pain: Comparison of Two Movement System Approaches
Saturday, February 23, 2019 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Pacific Time)

USC Health Sciences Campus
1540 Alcazar Street
CHP Building
Los Angeles, California 90033
United States

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Course Description:

Chris Powers, PT, PhD and Shirley Sahrmann, PT, PhD discuss their approaches to managing knee overuse injuries.

The knee is the most common site of lower extremity injury in persons who are physically active. Despite the high number of knee injuries seen in orthopedic practice, the evaluation and treatment of persons with knee pain remains highly variable. The purpose of this course is to compare and contrast two approaches to the evaluation of the patient with knee pain. One approach consists of an observational examination of basic mobility activities and a systematic examination of impairments in joint, muscle, and activation performance. In this system, specific exercises and retraining of activation patterns during frequently repeated movements is considered essential to remediation of movement dysfunction. The results of the examination are used to establish a movement system impairment diagnosis and develop the treatment program. The second approach includes an integrated assessment of total body mechanics (ankle, knee, hip, pelvis & trunk) that may be contributory to knee pain and pathology. This approach utilizes motion analysis to identify/quantify movement impairments during functional tasks. The movement assessment is followed by a hypothesis driven physical exam to determine the potential causes of the identified movement impairments (ie. strength, flexibility, range of motion, etc.). Treatment is directed towards correcting specific movement and physical impairments to address the root cause of the problem.

This course will allow participants to gain an overview of these two approaches to diagnosing and managing knee injuries, and to compare and contrast their similarities and differences. Both Dr. Powers and Dr. Sahrmann will provide insights into their clinical reasoning through lecture and presentation of case studies.


Upon completion of the Course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the kinesiopathologic model and the critical components
  • Describe movement system impairment syndromes of the knee
  • Discuss the examination used to determine the syndrome
  • Discuss the treatment program
  • Describe the influence of abnormal lower extremity mechanics on knee pain and pathology
  • Describe the role of technology in quantifying abnormal lower mechanics that are contributory to knee pain and pathology
  • Plan appropriate treatment intervention(s) for knee pain and pathology based on a biomechanical assessment of the lower extremity.

Registration Fees:

Individual Registration: $395
USC Alumni/Clinical Instructor: $300
USC Students: $100 

0.7 CEU's


Contact Information

  • Phone: 323-442-3156
    Email: coned@pt.usc.edu
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