Foundation Exercises for the Treatment of the Knee

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Why should a physical therapist, or athletic trainer take this knee continuing education course?

Knee injuries often involve more than one structure resulting in sprains, fractures, dislocations, meniscus tears, and musculoskeletal dysfunction. It takes a comprehensive approach for effective healing and functional gains after an injury. A combination of neuromuscular dynamic stability, proprioception, and kinesthetic balance training promotes this healing environment. To get the person back to work, play, and or athletic events.

Learn therapeutic exercise guidelines for developing rehabilitation programs for patients with various knee pathologies. Foundational exercises work each link in the kinematic chain in an isolated manner to build the “foundation” toward progression to advanced functional specificity exercises.

Rehab clinical tools instructed in this knee rehabilitation and exercise course to enhance your functional outcomes.

  • Algorithm based test to maximize efficiency and accuracy
  • Therapeutic exercises guidelines for developing rehabilitation programs for patients with various knee pathologies
  • Advanced exercises and selected manual therapy techniques

Specific instruction that will enhance your understanding and ability to deliver better patient care.

  • An algorithm based examination for the special tests of the knee
  • A selection of the best tests, based on the evidence (sensitivity, specificity, likelihood ratios, positive and negative predictive values) selected and utilized in the knee algorithm
  • Clusters of signs and symptoms provide the clinical reasoning for using the specific tests

Features unique to this knee rehabilitation and exercise CE Course.

  • Evidence supporting the progression of the patient is based on many criteria, including: pain, soft tissue healing, ROM, strength, kinesiophobia, fitness level, patient’s goals, quality of movement
  • Research supporting that these top 10 exercises helps reduce pain and increase functional activities
  • Evidence supporting that these top 10 exercises work each link in the kinematic chain, with evidence that supports that each exercise is optimal to recruit the relevant muscles
  • Clinical pearls from a master clinician

Professional Accreditation

This is an intermediate level course applicable for PT, PTA, AT. Physical Therapy Accreditation: For specific state information, use the accreditation verification menu and select your state of license. Athletic Trainers: BOC provider #P2047, category A. This course has not been submitted for Evidence-Based BOC approval.

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Responsible CME® - Testimonials


Great way to review special tests and exercise progression for the knee. -- Don, Physical Therapist

Very well presented and organized. Special test explanations with video demonstration very helpful. -- Mark, PT

A good starting point to learn the basics of hip and knee strengthening and progression. -- Chad, PTA

A good refreshers on basic hip and knee exercises. -- Amanda, PTA

Good review of knee testing and explanation of various exercises. Videos were good. -- Joseph, PT

Great information and very insightful for new practitioners -- Edwin, ATC

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  • CE Hours: 5.0 hrs, .5 CEU
  • Delivered: Online
  • Instant Online Access to Course Material for 365 days, Videos, Online Test, PDF Manual Download and Printable Course Certificate with State Specific CEU approval

Learn from the Expert George Davies DPT, MEd, PT, SCS, ATC, LAT, CSCS, FAPTA, PES


Learn from the Expert George Davies DPT, MEd, PT, SCS, ATC, LAT, CSCS, FAPTA, PES

DR. GEORGE J. DAVIES is a clinician, educator, speaker, researcher, author, editor and consultant. He is an internationally known speaker who has presented hundreds of conferences throughout the world on sports medicine, sports physical therapy, athletic training, shoulder, knee, open and closed kinetic chain topics, orthopaedics, rehabilitation and Isokinetics.

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Course Objectives


Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course the participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the value and importance of the “Bottom 10” knee exercises as the foundation for a rehabilitation program to work each link in the kinematic chain.
  • Evaluate and interpret Advanced knee exercises that be incorporated after a solid foundation is established for selected patients.
  • Analyze and apply the appropriate mobilization techniques for selective hypomobility conditions of the knee.
  • Evaluate the examination techniques that are appropriate to be used for a patient based on the clusters of signs and symptoms and clinical reasoning.
  • Synthesize the examination findings and organize the results into a treatment program to also be used for clinical outcomes.
  • Understand the clinical application of the examination techniques, therapeutic exercise interventions, and mobilization techniques (if appropriate).
  • Perform the tests to evaluate the knee
  • Learn the Top Ten Exercises for Rehabilitation of the Knee


    Learn the Top Ten Exercises for Rehabilitation of the Knee
    • Quadriceps sets (Quadriceps)
    • Long Arc Exercises - 90°-0° - Flexion (Hamstrings))
    • Quad Set & Straight Leg Raises (SLR) (Quadriceps, Hip flexors-Iliopsoas)
    • Hip Extension Exercises (Gluteus maximus & Hamstrings)
    • Hip Abduction (Gluteus Medius)
    • Adduction (Hip Adductors)
    • Hip External Rotation - Resisted exercises with Bands (Hip ER Muscles)
    • Hip Internal Rotation - Resisted (Hip IR Muscles)
    • TLS - 2 leg calf raises (Gastrocnemius, Soleus)
    • TLS - 2 leg soleus raises (Soleus)

    Closed Kinetic Chain - Neuromuscular Dynamic Stability Exercises


    Closed Kinetic Chain - Neuromuscular Dynamic Stability Exercises
    • CKC - Balance/perturbation/kinesthesia Exercise
    • BOSU® perturbation training with external perturbation
    • Perturbation exercises on BOSU®

    Integrate Proprioceptive or Kinesthetic Balance Training in the Lower Extremity


    Integrate Proprioceptive or Kinesthetic Balance Training in the Lower Extremity
    • Nordic hamstring exercises with ballistic progression
    • 2-Leg Jump and 2-Leg Stick Landing
    • 2-Leg Jump and 1-Leg Stick Landing
    • 1 Leg Hop and 1 Leg Stick Landing
    • Single leg anterior hop and stick landing on unstable surface
    • 90° jump & turn rotation and stick landing
    • 180° deg Jump and Twist with Stick Landing
    • 90°, 180°, 270°, 360° jump & turn rotations and stick landing

    Master Evaluation of the Knee


    Master Evaluation of the Knee

    The Knee Algorithm for Evaluation of the Knee

    • Effusion tests
    • Patellofemoral mobility testg
    • Patellofemoral OKC PROM Tracking test
    • PF OKC AROM Tracking test
    • CKC AROM Tracking test
    • PCL tests
    • ACL Tests & Rotary instability tests
    • ACL tests
    • MCL Valgus stress test at 0° & 30°
    • LCL Valgus stress test at 0° & 30°
    • Meniscus tests
    • Apleys distraction tests for MCL & LCL with Davies Dynamic Version

    Course Test - Evaluate your knowledge


    Course Test - Evaluate your knowledge
    • Use the Healthclick proprietary online education system which provides the online student with:
      • Worldwide access to high definition video, anatomical animations and images, and written information
      • The highest quality film in the industry, you can see the difference!
      • Stop and resume within a course, the Healthclick system will optimize your course based on your device, connection and remembers where you left off.
      • Real-time course updates. We are always adding to each courses, updating content, adding animations, these are not static courses!
    • Evaluate your knowledge with the course test on any device.
    • Print your state course certificate for CE credit.
    • Take the online test as many times as need in order to achieve a 70 % or greater score.