ACL and PCL Injuries, Surgeries, and Rehabilitation

presented by Terry Malone

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Learn how to address the multiplicity of problems that come with the rehabilitation of ACL and PCL injuries. Patients with these pathologies demand an attention to detail which is frequently not provided. This course will attempt to contextualize the learner to the historical development of the majority of commonplace procedures utilized in the clinic today. Terry Malone will teach learners to have a rich appreciation for the management of selected knee conditions from an evidence based perspective. Learn the general rules for the evaluation of ACL and PCL patients, appropriate tests, their implementation, and the challenges involved. Terry will present concepts for the rehabilitation of post-operative ACL and PCL injuries, the weekly stages involved in the progression of a rehab program, exercises, and key rules to follow with these patients. He will also review related case studies from his own clinical experience. Finally, he will outline programs for prevention of ACL injuries in today’s athlete.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Terry Malone, PT, EdD, ATC, FAPTA

    Terry Malone, PT, EdD, ATC, FAPTA

    Dr. Terry Malone received his EdD and MSPT from Duke University in North Carolina and his BA from Bluffton College in Ohio. At Duke, he served as the initial Sports Physical Therapist and was the Coordinator of the Sports Medicine Clinic. He served as the initial Chairman of the Sports Specialization Council of the APTA and has been liaison to the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports. Dr. Malone was the initial chair and dean of the Krannert School of Physical Therapy at the University of Indianapolis, and served as the Physical Therapy Program Director at UK from 1993-2006. Terry is now a full time professor at the University of Kentucky, and enjoys most sports with a particular love for golf.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

  1. Introduction: Anatomy and Biomechanics

    1. Introduction: Anatomy and Biomechanics

    Expand your understanding of the anatomy of the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments and correlate these anatomic considerations in doing reconstructive surgery.

  2. Evaluation

    2. Evaluation

    Understand general rules for the evaluation of ACL and PCL patients, the appropriate tests and their implementation, as well as the challenges involved in ACL and PCL evaluation. You will learn how to use examination results to inform your progression with patients, and review data on the sensitivity and specificity of various tests.

  3. Review of Literature Comparisons

    3. Review of Literature Comparisons

    Through reviewing current literature, learn to differentiate ACL and PCL injuries in terms of the nature of injury, post-surgery consequences, rehabilitation concepts and surgery as an option for treatment.

  4. ACL Rehab Concepts

    4. ACL Rehab Concepts

    Understand rehabilitation concepts for ACL injuries, as well as learn about the weekly stages involved in the progression of a rehabilitation program. You will learn about appropriate exercises, range of motion and weight bearing progression, isokinetics and be able to differentiate open vs. closed chain exercises.

  5. PCL Concepts

    5. PCL Concepts

    Learn how PCL rehabilitation contrasts with that of the ACL, surgical implementation, key rehabilitation concepts, and the appropriate progression of a rehabilitation program, along with the various exercises and equipment available.

  6. Case Studies

    6. Case Studies

    Terry reviews 3 full case studies from his own clinical experience. He will go over the mechanism of injury, surgical implementations, post-operative rehabilitation programs, and results for each case.

  7. ACL History

    7. ACL History

    Gain an understanding of ACL concepts from a historical perspective. You will learn about early historical understandings of ACL ruptures, and the evolution of various ACL concepts, which resulted in a merging of pathology and clinical outcomes. You will also learn about the evolution of various surgical and rehabilitation techniques.

  8. Evidence-Based Approach

    8. Evidence-Based Approach

    Learn how to implement an evidence-based approach toward ACL treatment, which involves the integration of clinical experience with the best available data from current research. You will understand the general rules for an evidence-based approach, and review various meta analyses and other relevant studies.

  9. ACL Prevention

    9. ACL Prevention

    Understand ACL injury prevention, the prevalence and frequency in various populations, mechanisms of injury, and prevention theories. Review findings from research studies on the topic, and learn about various solutions for strength, flexion, and fatigue that can be implemented in training for the prevention of ACL injuries.

  10. ACL Prevention Demonstrations

    10. ACL Prevention Demonstrations

    Various exercises and techniques for the prevention of ACL and PCL injuries will be demonstrated with a model.