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Scientific Breakthroughs in the Management of Patellofemoral Pain

Scientific Breakthroughs in the Management of Patellofemoral Pain

Christopher M. Powers, PT, PhD, FACSM, FAPTA

 
Dates

April 20-21, 2013 (Venice, Italy)
June 8, 2013 (Movement Performance Institute – Los Angeles, CA)

Prerequisites

None

Cost

$225

Overview

Patellofemoral pain remains one of the most common conditions seen by physical therapists, yet evaluation and treatment programs remain highly variable and are often without scientific backing. The purpose of this course is to critically assess current approaches to the management of this disorder through a review of the latest research findings and empirical evidence. Course participants will receive a thorough understanding of patellofemoral joint pain and biomechanics, as well as an overview of lower extremity interdependent relationships. Emphasis will be placed on current research findings in the areas of gait analysis, kinematic MRI, EMG, and patellofemoral joint mechanics. Critical review of long held, but poorly researched, areas of evaluation and treatment will be addressed. Participants will be empowered to critically reflect upon their beliefs regarding their etiology, assessment, and treatment approaches, but will also be provided with “clinical pearls” to take back to the clinic.

Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the anatomy, kinesiology and biomechanics of the patellofemoral joint.
  2. Describe the pathomechanics of patellofemoral joint dysfunction.
  3. Describe the influence of abnormal lower extremity mechanics on patellofemoral joint dysfunction.
  4. Describe the scientific and clinical rationale behind the development of an exercise program for the treatment of patellofemoral pain.
  5. Describe the scientific rationale for the use of external bracing/taping, hip strengthening/retraining, as well as foot orthoses in the treatment of patellofemoral pain.
Schedule

Day 1
8:00-8:30 Introduction/Overview
8:30-9:00 Clinically Relevant Anatomy
9:00-10:00 Clinically Relevant Kinesiology
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-10:45 Clinically Relevant Biomechanics
10:45-12:00 Pathomechanics of Patellofemoral Pain and Joint Dysfunction
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:00 Critical Review of Treatment Options for Patellofemoral Pain
3:00-3:15 Break
3:15-4:15 Exercises and Progression for Patellofemoral Pain: An Evidence-Based Approach
4:15-5:00 Corrective Bracing and Taping for Patellofemoral Pain

6 Month Certificate Series

Advanced Functional Biomechanics of the Lower Quarter:
Integration of Technology into Practice
(6 Month Certificate Series)

Christopher M. Powers, PT, PhD, FACSM, FAPTA

 
Dates

June 21-22, 2014 (Movement Performance Institute – Los Angeles, CA)
July 19-20, 2014 (Movement Performance Institute – Los Angeles, CA)
August 23-24, 2014 (Movement Performance Institute – Los Angeles, CA)
September 20-21, 2014 (Movement Performance Institute – Los Angeles, CA)
October 18-19, 2014 (Movement Performance Institute – Los Angeles, CA)
November 15-16, 2014 (Movement Performance Institute – Los Angeles, CA)

Laptop computer required
 
Cost

$2,600

Overview

Movement impairments underlie many of the musculoskeletal conditions encountered in orthopaedic practice. Understanding the relationships between faulty biomechanics and lower extremity injury is fundamental to the clinical decision making process. More specifically, a thorough evaluation of movement dysfunction is necessary for the development of successful treatment strategies. This evidence-based course series will extend the knowledge base of the introductory courses by focusing on the diagnosis of movement-related impairments. Emphasis will be placed on the evaluation of walking, running, cycling and other common sport movements using affordable, user friendly technologies. Current theories related to the pathomechanics of lower extremity injuries will be reviewed. In addition, participants will be provided with practical information and “clinical pearls” to assist in the development of patient-specific interventions aimed at correcting dysfunctional movement patterns.

Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course the participant will be able to:

  1. Perform a comprehensive evaluation to identify movement dysfunction
  2. Learn to use objective assessments of motion, forces/pressures, muscle activation patterns (EMG) and muscle performance to make informed treatment decisions.
  3. Develop advanced observational movement analysis skills
  4. Perform a sophisticated gait and running evaluation using video methods.
  5. Set up a “mini-gait lab” in your clinic.
  6. Understand and integrate into practice current research related to clinical biomechanics
  7. Develop sound intervention programs that address the root cause of movement related impairments.
  8. Understand the basic tenets of treating movement dysfunction (i.e. maximize muscle performance enhancement, movement re-education, etc.)
Schedule

June: Clinical Application of Biomechanical Principles and Technology for the Evaluation of Lower Extremity Pathomechanics
July: Clinical Application of Technology in the Evaluation and Treatment of Gait-Related Pain and Dysfunction
Aug: Clinical Applications of Technology in the Evaluation and Treatment of Running-Related Pain and Injury
Sept: Clinical Applications of Technology for the Evaluation of Sport-Specific Movements
Oct: Clinical Applications of Technology in the Evaluation and Treatment of Cycling-Related Pain and Injury
Nov: Treatment of Lower Quarter Movement Impairments: Advanced Concepts for the Advanced Clinician

Level II MPI Biomechanics

Functional Biomechanics of the Lower Quarter:
Evaluation and Treatment of Pain & Movement Dysfunction Related to Gait and Running
(Level II MPI Biomechanics Course)

Christopher M. Powers, PT, PhD, FACSM, FAPTA

 
Dates

April 6-7, 2013 (Movement Performance Institute – Los Angeles, CA)

Prerequisites

Level I MPI Biomechanics course

Cost

$450

Overview

Movement dysfunction underlies many of the musculoskeletal conditions encountered in orthopaedic practice. Understanding the relationships between faulty biomechanics and lower extremity injury is fundamental to the clinical decision making process. More specifically, a thorough evaluation of movement dysfunction is necessary for the development of successful treatment strategies. This evidence-based course will extend the knowledge base of the introductory course by focusing on the diagnosis of movement-related impairments. Emphasis will be placed on the evaluation of walking and running mechanics. Current theories related to the pathomechanics of lower extremity injuries will be reviewed. In addition, participants will be provided with practical information and “clinical pearls” to assist in the development of patient-specific interventions aimed at correcting faulty gait and running patterns.

Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course the participant will be able to:

  1. Perform a basic gait examination using observational and video methods.
  2. Perform a basic running analysis using video methods.
  3. Develop a hypothesis driven clinical examination based on the findings from a gait/running analysis.
  4. Plan a patient-specific intervention based on a biomechanical assessment of the lower extremity.
Schedule

Day 1
8:00-8:30 Introduction/overview
8:30-10:00 Understanding normal gait: kinematics, kinetics, and muscle actions
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-12:00 Understanding running mechanics, running styles & footwear
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:45 Common movement impairments associated with walking and running
2:45-3:00 Break
3:00-5:00 Observational gait lab & clinical assessment

Day 2
8:00-10:00 Video assessment of walking and running (Part I)
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-12:00 Video assessment of walking and running (Part II)
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:45 Intervention strategies for lower extremity dysfunction (Part I)
2:45-3:00 Break
3:00-5:00 Intervention strategies for lower extremity dysfunction (Part II)

Level I MPI Biomechanics

Functional Biomechanics of the Lower Quarter
Implications for the Evaluation and Treatment of Musculoskeletal Disorders

Christopher M. Powers, PT, PhD, FACSM, FAPTA

 
Dates

February 22-23, 2014 (Movement Performance Institute – Los Angeles, CA)            
Septembr 4-5, 2014 (Movement Performance Institute – Los Angeles, CA)

Cost

$450

Overview

Altered lower quarter mechanics can frequently contribute to various musculoskeletal conditions. Understanding how abnormal limb function can contribute to the mechanisms of specific joint dysfunction is essential for the evaluation and treatment of common orthopaedic disorders. This evidence-based course will review the anatomy and mechanics of the lower kinetic chain, particularly in relation to specific pathologies of the ankle, knee and hip. Emphasis will be placed on current research findings in the areas of gait analysis, lower limb function, and joint biomechanics. Implications for the evaluation and treatment of various musculoskeletal conditions will be addressed.

Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the normal anatomy and biomechanics of the foot/ankle, knee and hip.
  2. Describe the normal joint kinematics, kinetics and muscle actions during walking and running.
  3. Describe the normal interaction of the hip, knee, ankle and foot during walking and running.
  4. Compare and contrast the biomechanical differences among the various running styles (heel strike, midfoot strike, forefoot strike).
  5. Describe the influence of footwear on running mechanics.
  6. Describe the current research literature related to the mechanisms of lower extremity injury.
  7. Plan appropriate treatment interventions based on a biomechanical assessment of the lower extremity.
Schedule

Day 1
8:00-9:00 Introductions & course overview
9:00-10:00 Normal gait mechanics: kinematics, kinetics, muscle actions (Part I)
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-12:00 Normal gait mechanics: kinematics, kinetics, muscle actions (Part II)
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:00 Understanding running mechanics & footwear
3:00-3:15 Break
3:15-4:15 Pathomechanics of the lower quarter (proximal & distal influences)
4:15-5:00 Functional movement evaluation

Day 2
8:00-9:00 Ankle joint: Pathomechanics of injury and treatment considerations
9:00-10:00 Knee joint: Pathomechanics of injury and treatment considerations
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:15 Patellofemoral joint: Pathomechanics of injury and treatment considerations
11:15-12:00 Hip joint: Pathomechanics of injury and treatment considerations
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:00 Influence of hip muscle weakness on spine mechanics
2:00-3:00 Intervention strategies for lower chain dysfunction
3:00-3:15 Break
3:15-4:00 Therapeutic exercise and progression: A proximal approach
4:00-4:45 ACL injury prevention programs
4:45-5:00 Summary/adjourn

Functional Biomechanics of the Lower Quarter:
Evaluation and Treatment of Pain & Movement Dysfunction Related to Gait and Running
(Level II MPI Biomechanics Course)

Christopher M. Powers, PT, PhD, FACSM, FAPTA

 
Dates

April 6-7, 2013 (Movement Performance Institute – Los Angeles, CA)

Prerequisites

Level I MPI Biomechanics course

Cost

$450

Overview

Movement dysfunction underlies many of the musculoskeletal conditions encountered in orthopaedic practice. Understanding the relationships between faulty biomechanics and lower extremity injury is fundamental to the clinical decision making process. More specifically, a thorough evaluation of movement dysfunction is necessary for the development of successful treatment strategies. This evidence-based course will extend the knowledge base of the introductory course by focusing on the diagnosis of movement-related impairments. Emphasis will be placed on the evaluation of walking and running mechanics. Current theories related to the pathomechanics of lower extremity injuries will be reviewed. In addition, participants will be provided with practical information and “clinical pearls” to assist in the development of patient-specific interventions aimed at correcting faulty gait and running patterns.

Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course the participant will be able to:

  1. Perform a basic gait examination using observational and video methods.
  2. Perform a basic running analysis using video methods.
  3. Develop a hypothesis driven clinical examination based on the findings from a gait/running analysis.
  4. Plan a patient-specific intervention based on a biomechanical assessment of the lower extremity.
Schedule

Day 1
8:00-8:30 Introduction/overview
8:30-10:00 Understanding normal gait: kinematics, kinetics, and muscle actions
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-12:00 Understanding running mechanics, running styles & footwear
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:45 Common movement impairments associated with walking and running
2:45-3:00 Break
3:00-5:00 Observational gait lab & clinical assessment

Day 2
8:00-10:00 Video assessment of walking and running (Part I)
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-12:00 Video assessment of walking and running (Part II)
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:45 Intervention strategies for lower extremity dysfunction (Part I)
2:45-3:00 Break
3:00-5:00 Intervention strategies for lower extremity dysfunction (Part II)