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

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 2010) 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 participants will learn

After the course, participants shall be able to:


Course schedule and content

Friday, December 7, 2012 - Instructor Dr. Donald Neumann

(Attendees do not need any special equipment or apparel)

Time Topic
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 Musculo-skeletal Analysis of the Lower Limb During Walking: Emphasis on the Ankle and Foot
4:15 Conclusions and Questions
4:30 Adjournment

Saturday, December 8, 2012 - Instructor Andrew Starsky

(Attendees should dress in comfortable lab clothing with the ability to expose the knee and ankle regions)

Time Topic


Examination of the Knee and Ankle




Injuries of the Knee and Ankle


Lunch (included with registration)


Surgical Interventions


Rehabilitation Protocols




Case Studies


Clinical Implications




13 CEU's pending WPTA approval.




Donald A. Neumann, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Dr. Donald NeumannDr. 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, Dr. Neumann 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 prestigious 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 in 2006 was named Wisconsin’s College Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation. Dr. Neumann has received Fulbright Scholarships to teach in Lithuania, Hungary, and most recently in 2010, Japan.  He is the author of Human Kinesiology: Foundations for Rehabilitation, published by Elsevier, 2010, and co-author of Essentials of Kinesiology for the Physical Therapist Assistant, Elsevier, 2009. Donald is an Associate Editor of JOSPT.


Andrew Starsky, BSEE, MPT, PhD

Dr. Andrew StarskyAndrew 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 Assistant Professor at Marquette University, teaching courses in electrotherapy, physical modalities, evidence based practice, and biomechanics. He has been teaching electrotherapy and biomechanics for 10 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 or discounted rate of $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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