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Introduction To The Knee

An online course for physical therapists / physiotherapists

Introduction To The Knee An online course for physical therapists / physiotherapists

This course is available to start and complete at any time on your own schedule.

The course is available to FULL Physiopedia Plus members only.

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The knee is one of the most commonly injured joints that presents in all aspects of clinical practice. Not just a complaint common to sporting situations, also often presenting in young people as we grow and older people as we age. Best practice requires skills in assessment, treatment and rehabilitation when working with individuals with acute, chronic and complex knee conditions.

Course aims

Provide an introduction to the anatomy, conditions, assessment and rehabilitation of the knee and explore the latest evidence available.

Course summary

The knee is an enormous topic that we are unable to cover comprehensively in one course. This course will be a general introduction to develop an initial knowledge base that provides a good grounding to enable you to understand any knee condition that presents. We will be revising knee structure and function, exploring common conditions including paediatric conditions, consolidating assessment skills and also exploring current trends in prevention, management and rehabilitation of knee complaints. It is by no means an exhaustive exploration of the knee and we advise you to use it as a starting point for your understanding of treating knees.

Course outline

  1. Section one: Knee structure, function and conditions.
  2. Section two: Assessment and differential diagnosis of the knee
  3. Section three: The paediatric knee
  4. Section four: Knee treatment and rehabilitation
  5. [Optional] Assignment

Accreditation details

16 PP+ points will be awarded on completion of this course (an additional 4 PP+ points available on completion of an optional assignment).

This course has been accredited by:

  1. South African Society of Physiotherapy (16 CEUs Level 2)

Accreditation for this course is being sought with:

  1. World Confederation for Physical Therapy
  2. Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (ProCert) - Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

A standard accreditation pack for this course can be provided for submission to other accreditation organisations. To access to this pack please contact

Hours of learning

Completing this course will involve approximately 16 hours of learning activities. These will be delivered in 4 sections that can be completed on a participant’s own schedule, however it is recommended that the course is completed over a 4 week period. There is an optional additional 4 hour activity for participants who wish to submit an assignment for a course distinction.

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy professionals, clinicians and students.

Course practicalities

This course is divided into 4 sections/weeks and it is suggested (but not required) that each section be completed over the duration of approximately a week. Please note that no deadlines are applied and this course can be started and completed according to your own schedule. We expect the required elements of each section/week to take around 4-6 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
It’s not going to be easy, we’ll expect you to work hard for your completion certificate and PP+ points! You won’t be sitting back and watching webinars, we’ll expect you to reading tasks, complete quizzes, perform literature searches and other learning activities. You’ll need to reflect on your own experiences and contribute them within the discussion forum, this is where we can learn from each other’s experiences and knowledge from all around the world! At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 16 PP+ points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Types of learning activity involved

Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.

Example resources provided

  • 4 Chapters from Fernandez de las Penas, Cleland and Dommerholt. Manual Therapy for Musculoskeletal Pain Syndromes, 1st Edition: an evidence- and clinical-informed approach. 2015. Churchill Livingstone, London.
  • 4 Chapters from Petty NJ. Neuromusculoskeletal examination and assessment: a handbook for therapists. Elsevier Health Sciences; 2011 Jan 27.
  • Chapter 12. Knee, in: Magee DJ. Orthopedic physical assessment. Elsevier Health Sciences; 2014 Mar 25.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this learn topic you should be able to:

  1. Describe issues arising in knee complaints in relation to functional anatomy and biomechanics.
  2. Identify key considerations when treating paediatric knee complaints.
  3. Differentiate between common knee conditions in adults and children.
  4. Select appropriate assessment techniques and outcomes measures for individuals with knee complaints.
  5. Evaluate the information gathered from the assessment of an individual with a knee complaint and formulate likely hypothesis.
  6. Recognise evidence based treatment techniques for the knee.
  7. Choose appropriate treatment and rehabilitation approaches for an individuals with knee complaints.
  8. Demonstrate clinical reasoning when presented with knee conditions.
  9. Critically analyse the literature related to the knee.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate you will need to:

  1. abide by the Physiopedia Plus Community Culture
  2. log as completed all the required reading and video viewing activities
  3. actively participate in the course forum discussions
  4. pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more
  5. complete a course evaluation form