Advanced Topics in Lower Extremity Rehabilitation

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Audience: PT, PTA, ATC who work in an orthopaedic, sports medicine setting
Date: May 5, 2012
Check In time: 7:30 - 8 a.m.
Class time: 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Location: St. Catherine's University 
601 25th Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55454.
Held on 5th floor Lab Room E560

External Course Fee: $225.00

Contact hours: 8 contact hours

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Jill Monson, PT, CSCS
has practiced as an orthopaedic physical therapist for the past nine years, with an emphasis on sports medicine, complex surgical and non-surgical conditions of the lower extremity, and movement pattern dysfunction contributing to overuse injury and performance decline. Jill earned her physical therapy degree at St. Catherine University in Minneapolis, Minn. She completed her undergraduate degree at Duke University, where she also competed as a Division I athlete in the sport of volleyball. Jill holds credentialing for training and rehabilitating high level athletes as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).

Her educational background, athletic experience, clinical exposure and close partnerships with expert orthopaedic surgeons have all enhanced her awareness of the full spectrum of critical concerns in the domains of physical rehabilitation and athletic performance. Her expertise covers pathologic joint biomechanics, kinematics and muscle activation pattern pathology, post-injury/surgery healing principles, and non-operative/post-operative rehabilitation progressions, and return to sport.

This breadth of knowledge has been a critical foundation for establishing Ms. Monson as an expert in the field of orthopaedic sports medicine rehabilitation.

Course description
(Part 1: The patellofemoral joint, Part II: Lower Extremity Physical Performance Testing)
This course will be a two-part lecture on advanced topics in lower extremity rehabilitation. The morning section will focus on the anatomy, biomechanics, and kinematics of the patellofemoral joint and subsequent evaluation and treatment of patients presenting with patellofemoral joint symptoms/pathology. The afternoon section will focus on the scientific foundation for lower extremity performance testing in a rehabilitation or athletic setting for the purposes of injury prevention screening, post-injury/post-surgery performance assessment, and return to sport counseling. 

Part I: "The Patellofemoral Joint: a comprehensive guide to physical therapy evaluation and treatment:

  • Participants will gain a detailed understanding of the anatomy, biomechanics and kinematics relative to the patellofemoral joint, in both normal and pathological states.
  • Participants will learn examination and treatment strategies for the PF joint.  Specific attention will be given to the treatment strategies of patellofemoral taping, proximal lower extremity and core stabilization, and movement pattern re-training (including gait) relative to the rehabilitation of this specific population.
  • Participants will gain an improved understanding of the cascade of invasive intervention options for patients who fail to improve conservative management.  Fundamental principals, precautions, and time frames for post-operative rehabilitation will be reviewed.
Part II: "Performance Testing in Rehabilitation Settings: Developing, implementing, and reporting to maximize patient outcomes and enhance specialty marketing"
  • Participants will learn the underlying purpose and scientific foundation for physical performance testing of the lower extremity
  • Participants will learn how to conduct, score and report fundamental elements of physical performance testing
  • Participants will learn how to interpret test outcomes and apply to a patient plan of care

Part I: The Patellofemoral Joint: a comprehensive guide to physical therapy evaluation and treatment

8 - 9 a.m.                            Basic Science: anatomy, biomechanics, kinematics of the patellofemoral joint: 
                                                  normal and abnormal states
9 - 9:45 a.m.                      Evaluation techniques for the patellofemoral joint
9:45 - 10 a.m.                    Morning Break  
10 - 10:45 a.m.                  Lab (evaluation techniques)
10:45 - 11:45 a.m.            Treatment strategies
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.   Lab (exercise treatment strategies)
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.               Break for Lunch 
Part II: Performance Testing in Rehabilitation Settings: Developing, implementing, and reporting to
maximize patient outcomes and enhance specialty marketing

1:30 - 2:15 p.m.           Lab (Patellofemoral taping techniques)
2:15 - 3:15 p.m.           Basic science, literature background for LE performance testing 
3:15 - 3:30 p.m.           Afternoon Break
3:30 - 4 p.m.                Lower extremity performance testing strategies
4 - 4:45 p.m.                Lab (Performance testing activities)
4:45 - 5:15 p.m.           Data collection, reporting, patient/physician counseling
5:15 - 5:30 p.m.           Questions and Answers/course adjourns

The course is approved by the Minnesota Board of Physical Therapy for Category I credits.  Approval number: #4861


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