Non-Operative and Post-Operative Treatment of Complex Knee Injuries

Rehabbing adolescents to adults from Initial Injury through return to play

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Non-Operative and Post-Operative Treatment of Complex Knee Injuries - Elite Livestream

Instructor: Michael Barr, PT, DPT, MSR

Length: 5 hours | Tuition: $199 - This course is FREE for Elite Passport Members (learn more)

Benefits of Attending

  • In depth course discussion using actual case studies and treatment evaluations
  • Goal evaluation for surgical and non-surgical treatment plans
  • Step by Step approach to comprehensive treatments from diagnosis to return to play
  • Proper use of progressions, manual therapy, therapeutic Exercises and return to play criteria.


Sports related injuries happen every day; from minor sprains and strains to more serious injuries that require interventions ranging from operative to non-operative treatments. The American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine states that roughly 150,000 ACL injuries occur in the United States yearly, which accounts for over $500 million in health care related costs. Having a strong understanding of how to successfully rehab complex knee injuries to the ACL, Meniscus and other structures will improve patient outcomes and their adherence rehabilitation.

This course will focus on common complex knee injuries afflicting patients of all ages from adolescents to adulthood; and all skill levels from active individuals, to amateur and professional athletes. We will review examination techniques and treatment plans, from initial injury to return to play, led by specific patient examples and case reports. You will learn new and exciting strategies to rehab the lower quarter both in patients who are attempting to prevent surgery and patients who are being treated post operatively. At the end of this seminar, you will feel confident treating a wide range of knee injuries and be competent in proper progressions of range of motion, manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and return to play criteria.



  1. Identify the location and function of major knee anatomy including but not limited to ligamentous and cartilage structures.
  2. Explain in detail a thorough evaluation process for determining disfunction and limitations related to various tissue injuries.
  3. Implement appropriate non-operative and post-operative treatment plans for all complex knee injuries discussed.
  4. Demonstrate competency in joint assessment evaluation techniques including various special tests of the knee.
  5. Critically appraise new research available on diagnosis and treatment of various complex knee injuries.
  6. Recite various co-pathologies and comorbidities related to complex knee injuries discussed.



  • Introduction
    1. Treatment approach philosophy and Combination of methods
    2. Anatomy and biomechanics of the knee


  • Examination of the Knee
    1. Lecture: Subjective Exam
    2. Lab: Comprehensive knee physical examination, discussion of positive findings


  • ACL – case report
    1. History/Background Info
    2. Surgical vs Non-Surgical
    3. Co-Pathologies – meniscal or collateral ligament involvement
    4. Graft Options
    5. Patellar (BTB), Hamstring, Quad, Allograft
    6. Differences in rehab approach, precautions, or areas to focus on
    7. PT Treatment – Pre-op to Post-op to Return to Play


  • Collateral Ligaments – Case reports
    1. MCL Sprain vs Tear – Treatment Approach
    2. Surgical vs Non-Surgical treatment plans
    3. Isolated LCL tear – treatment approach
    4. Surgical vs Non-Surgical treatment plan


  • Patellar Instability – Case reports
    1. Non-operative treatment:
    2. Treatment approach from initial eval to return to play
    3. Surgical Options and Post-operative treatment
    4. Lateral Release and Lateral Release with Medial Plication
    5. Treatment Plan from Initial Eval to Return to Play


  • Therapeutic Exercise Progression


  • Co-Pathologies and Complications
    1. Co-Pathologies
    2. Common Complications


  • Research and EBP
    1. Review and Discussion of current available research



Michael Barr, PT, DPT, MSR is the Sports Medicine Manager and a Physical Therapist at the Medical University of South Carolina. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from the College of Charleston and then completed a Master of Science in Rehab Sciences – Physical therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2004 and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2008 through MUSC. Since starting at MUSC Health in 2006, Michael is responsible for the day to day operations of the Sports Medicine department which includes overseeing their athletic trainers and coverage for all events. Dr. Barr also serves as the team Physical Therapist for the Charleston Battery, Charleston RiverDogs, and Lowcountry High Rollers, among other various organizations. Dr. Barr currently treats athletes with all diagnoses but has a special interested in evaluation and treatment of complex knee pathologies using a combined evidence-based practice and outside of the box thinking. He is an experienced speaker and brings a dynamic approach to his style of education.