Scientific Breakthroughs In The Management of Patellofemoral Pain

January 16, 2016 – 8:00am to 5:00pm

Registration Begins at 7:30am

Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Forbes Tower)

Cost of Course: $200

All proceeds from this course will be donated to the Foundation for Physical Therapy as part of the Pitt-Marquette Challenge.

Sorry no refunds will be issued.


Course Description

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.


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the anatomy, kinesiology and biomechanics of the patellofemoral joint.
  1. Describe the pathomechanics of patellofemoral joint dysfunction.
  1. Describe the influence of abnormal lower extremity mechanics on patellofemoral joint dysfunction.
  1. Describe the scientific and clinical rationale behind the development of an exercise program for the treatment of patellofemoral pain.
  1. 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.


Continuing Education Units

Direct Access CEUs : 0

General Access CEUs: 7.5

Total CEUs: 7.5


About the Speaker:

Christopher M. Powers is an Associate Professor in the Division of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy. He also has joint appointments in the Departments of Radiology and Orthopaedic Surgery within the Keck School of Medicine.  Dr. Powers is currently Co-Director of the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Research Laboratory and the Director of the Program in Biokinesiology at USC. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1984, his Masters degree in Physical Therapy from Columbia University in 1987, and a Ph.D. in Biokinesiology in 1996 from USC. Dr. Powers did his post-doctoral training at the Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory, University of California, Irvine.

Dr. Powers’ research and teaching interests relate to the biomechanical aspects of human movement. More specifically, his research focuses on how altered kinematics, kinetics, and muscular actions contribute to lower extremity injury. He is particularly interested in the pathomechanics underlying knee and patellofemoral joint dysfunction. He has published over 140 peer-reviewed articles and has received several research awards from the American Physical Therapy Association, including the Rose Excellence in Research Award from the Orthopaedic Section, the Eugene Michels New Investigator Award, the Dorothy Briggs Scientific Inquiry Award and the Helen J Hislop Award for contributions to the professional literature.

Dr. Powers is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association. He also is a member of the American Society for Biomechanics, American Society for Testing and Measures, and the North American Society for Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis. In addition, Dr. Powers is Editor of the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy and currently serves as President of the California Chapter of the APTA.


Course Schedule

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 for patellofemoral pain: An evidence-based approach

4:15 – 5:00                Corrective bracing and taping for patellofemoral pain

5:00                          Adjourn

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