Physical Rehabilitation of the Knee and Ankle: Integrating Structure, Function with Treatment

Dec. 8-9, 2017
Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

Course Description

This two-day course is designed for physical therapists, their assistants, and athletic trainers who desire a comprehensive yet practical review of the anatomy, kinesiology and treatment principles associated with the knee and ankle.

On the first day, Dr. Don Neumann (author of Kinesiology of the Musculoskeletal System: Foundations for Rehabilitation (Elsevier 2017) will present an overview of the anatomy and kinesiology of the knee and ankle. The presentation will be lecture format, enhanced by video fluoroscopy of joint function and over 100 original kinesiologic illustrations. Each illustration clearly describes the anatomic and mechanical basis for movement, providing the basis for understanding the foundations for many evaluation and treatments experienced in physical therapy clinics.

On the second day, Dr. Andy Starsky will utilize these kinesiological concepts to guide the evaluation and treatment of the knee and ankle. Participants will work in a lab environment examining muscle activation of various therapeutic exercises. Evidence based outcomes measures, treatment, and evaluation tools will be examined. Current trends in knee and ankle surgery and rehabilitation will be examined and reinforced by case studies.

Course Objectives

After the course, participants shall be able to:

  • Describe the structural and functional relationships within and between the knee, talocrual, subtalar and transverse tarsal joints.
  • Cite the major muscles and kinematics at all joints described above.
  • Describe the kinesiologic synergies that exist between the muscle and joints of the distal lower quarter of the body.
  • Describe the pathokinesiologic mechanics behind several orthopedic problems of the region.
  • Understand how the distal lower quarter functions during walking.
  • Utilize kinesiological principles to guide evaluation and treatment choices for musculoskeletal conditions of the knee and ankle joints.
  • Discuss the pathology of knee and ankle conditions.
  • Discuss surgical interventions for selected knee and ankle pathologies.
  • Design rehabilitation programs for selected knee and ankle pathologies.
  • Describe evidence based evaluation tools and outcomes measures used.

Course schedule and content

Friday, December 8, 2017 - Instructor Dr. Donald Neumann
(Attendees do not need any special equipment or apparel)

  • 8:30 - Introductions
  • 8:45 - Osteology and Arthrology of the Knee
  • 10:00 - Break
  • 10:15 - Muscular and Joint Interactions of the knee
  • 12:00 - Lunch
  • 1:00 - Osteology and Arthrology of the Ankle
  • 2:00 - Muscular Control of the Ankle
  • 3:00 - Break
  • 3:15 - Musculoskeletal Analysis of the Lower Limb During Walking: Emphasis on the Ankle and Foot
  • 4:15 - Conclusions and Questions
  • 4:30 - Adjournment

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - Instructor Andrew Starsky
(Attendees should dress in comfortable lab clothing with the ability to expose the knee and ankle regions)

  • 8:30 - Examination of the Knee and Ankle
  • 10:00 - Break
  • 10:15 - Injuries of the Knee and Ankle
  • 12:00 - Lunch (included with registration)
  • 1:00 - Surgical Interventions
  • 2:00 - Rehabilitation Protocols
  • 3:00 - Break
  • 3:15 - Case Studies
  • 4:00 - Clinical Implications
  • 4:30 - Adjournment

13 CEU's pending WPTA approval.


Donald Neumann

Donald A. Neumann, Ph.D., P.T., FAPTA Dr. Neumann received a B.S. in physical therapy from the University of Florida. After several years of practice and teaching in the area of rehabilitation of persons with spinal cord injury, he received a Ph.D. in Exercise Science from the University of Iowa. In 1986, he joined Marquette University where he is currently Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. Don has received multiple top awards from the American Physical Therapy Association that have recognized his teaching, writing, and research efforts, including being named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA in 2008. Dr. Neumann received a Teacher of the Year Award at Marquette University, and was named Wisconsin's College Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation. In 2015, he was awarded the Educational Service Award by the World Confederation of Physical Therapy (WCPT). Dr. Neumann has received Fulbright Scholarships to teach in Lithuania, Hungary, and Japan. He is the author of Kinesiology: Foundations for Rehabilitation, published by Elsevier, 2017, and co-author of Essentials of Kinesiology for the Physical Therapist Assistant, Elsevier, 2009. In 20015, Dr. Neumann authored a chapter on the Hip, published in the 41st edition of British Gray’s Anatomy. Donald served as an Associate Editor of JOSPT from 2002-2015.

Andy Starsky

Andrew Starsky, BSEE, MPT, Ph.D. Andrew Starsky obtained his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University in 1992.He completed his Masters in Physical Therapy degree in 1998, and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering in 2007. He has been published in Physical Therapy, the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, and in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Andy is currently a Clinical Associate Professor at Marquette University, teaching courses in electrotherapy, physical modalities, evidence based practice, and biomechanics. He has been teaching electrotherapy and biomechanics for 15 years and has traveled extensively to lecture on this topic. Andy has received research grants from the National Institute of Health, the American Heart Association, and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

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  • Tuition: Tuition: $350; $300 for APTA members, MU alumni, and MU CI's
  • $50 of the course tuition will be a donation to the Physical Therapy Faculty Scholarship Fund. This course is limited to 38 participants due to limited lab space.
  • Cancellation Policy: Must be submitted in writing 7 days in advance of the seminar date for refund minus the $50 donation portion. Marquette University reserves the right to cancel this seminar and will refund tuition in full in such an event. Contribution tax deductible as allowed by law.
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