Successful treatment and management of patellofemoral joint dysfunction requires the clinician to have a comprehensive understanding of the anatomy, biomechanics, and mechanism of injury of the knee. With this understanding and the ability to recognize common presentation findings of the patellofemoral joint, the clinician will be able to accurately determine the patient’s prognosis and formulate an effective treatment plan using evidence-based principles. Emerging evidence suggests that there are key factors that must be addressed in the assessment and treatment of patellofemoral joint dysfunction. If these factors are not addressed, the patient may develop asymmetries that limit proper progression. From healing principles to guidelines for when the patient is ready to begin functional activities, this webinar examines the latest evidence for the rehabilitation of patellofemoral joint dysfunction.  This webinar will provide the participant the opportunity to recognize important milestones that are essential for establishing a solid foundation that ensures the patient is able to return to function. In addition, the webinar will present manual therapy techniques to address patellofemoral deficits in knee range of motion in order to promote side to side symmetry and facilitate quadriceps and gluteal muscle activation. Finally, upon completion the participant will be able to recognize and implement functional tests to determine readiness for progression in the patient with patellofemoral dysfunction.

Level of Instruction:  Intermediate


Course Objectives

  • Identify key anatomical structures and biomechanical principles as they relate to mechanism of injury to the patellofemoral joint.
  • Identify the presentation of patellofemoral joint dysfunction and associated pathologies.
  • Identify key components of successful functional assessment of the patellofemoral joint.
  • Identify key components of evidence-based treatment of the patellofemoral joint.

Course Agenda

  • Patellofemoral Joint epidemiology
  • Patellofemoral Joint mechanism of injury
  • Patellofemoral Joint anatomy and biomechanics
  • Presentation of injury to the Patellofemoral Joint a. anterior knee pain, fat pad syndrome, patellar instability, plica syndrome b. surgical interventions associated with the patellofemoral joint
  • Functional assessment
  • Evidence-based treatment
  • Setting the foundation for return to activity



Craig Garrison, PT, PhD, SCS, ATC is a clinician, educator and researcher and considered one of the leading experts in the treatment and prevention of lower extremity injuries in the country.  He completed his PhD in Sports Medicine from the University of Virginia and holds a faculty appointment in the Proaxis Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program as well as an adjunct position with the University of South Carolina School of Physical Therapy.   He has multiple peer-reviewed publications related to the prevention and treatment of knee injuries in addition to ongoing research involving biomechanical and clinical outcomes in the rehabilitation of the hip and knee, with a particular focus in the return to sports after ACL reconstruction.  His clinical duties involve the development of the Clinical Sports Program at Proaxis Therapy.  He continues to treat high school, collegiate, and professional athletes in a variety of different sports and lectures on sports medicine topics both nationally and internationally.  He is a NATA-BOC certified athletic trainer and a member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association, as well as the American Physical Therapy Association’s Sports Physical Therapy and Orthopedic Special Interest Groups.


Contact Hours: 1.5

Price: $49


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