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2020 Recent Advances in the Treatment of the Shoulder & Knee

2020 Recent Advances in the Treatment of the Shoulder & Knee

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About the Course

“Better Than Ever”

This evidence based course is designed to present to the clinician the most recent and state of the art information in the treatment of patient injuries/dysfunctions of the shoulder and knee joints. I have taken the comments & suggestions from course participants over the past 5 years and updated the information and have put together this outstanding course. This course will discuss the most current evidence based treatment approaches to various shoulder & knee pathologies & surgeries. Through lecture presentations, videos of rehabilitation techniques and surgeries, demonstrations, hands-on laboratory sessions, open discussions and problem solving of patient case studies; the attendee will have an opportunity to master new and effective evaluation and treatment techniques and strategies.

“Best Course”

Also, NEW, The course app for the course attendees is tremendous and an aspect that differentiates this course from other courses… You will love it!!!

This course has been developed to be 70% lecture & 30% lab. Based on course attendees feedback the course curriculum presented has been updated from previous courses and now includes more lab time.

Even if you have gone to one of my courses before – you should still come to this one – It’s a different course & it’s going to be great!

The Examination Labs are going to be awesome! The return to play testing will be interesting & fun!

I am very proud to offer this course to you – I think you will learn, interact, laugh & enjoy the course.

       Kevin E. Wilk, DPT, FAPTA



DAY ONE: Shoulder Joint

  • Rehabilitation of the Shoulder Complex: What’s New in 2020
  • New Rehabilitation Techniques for the Stiff Shoulder (adhesive capsulitis & shoulder stiffness)
  • Non-Operative Rehabilitation of Rotator Cuff Lesions/Tears (Non-Op Rehab is Effective)
  • Rehabilitation Following Rotator Cuff Surgery (Early Motion or Immobilization)Lesions
  • Current Concepts in Shoulder Instability: Bankarts to Osseous
  • Rehabilitation Techniques Following Shoulder Stabilization Surgery (Bankart, Latarjet, Remplissage, Plication)
  • Lab: Specific & New Joint Mobilization, Stretching and Soft Tissue Techniques
  • BFR: Blood Flow Restriction: Indications, Contraindications & Applications for the Upper Extremity
  • Scapular Dyskinesis: Recognition & Treatment (Specific Rehab Techniques for Specific Types of Scapular Dyskinesis)
  • Biceps Pain: Classification & Rehabilitation
  • Return to Play – Return to Work Objective Criteria (Evidence Based Testing & Criteria)
  • Rehabilitation of the Overhead Athlete: What’s New in 2018 (Baseball, Softball, Volleyball)
  • Unique Case Presentations
  • Discussion of YOUR Case Presentations (Course Participants – bring your patient case to discuss)
  • Open discussions & demonstrations

DAY TWO: Knee Joint

  • What’s New in the World of Knee Rehabilitation & Recovery in 2020
  • ACL Surgery: (Video Presentations) Reconstruction, Repair, Bridge, & Internal Brace
  • ACL Rehabilitation Following Surgery: How Slow or Fast Can We Go!
  • Non-Operative ACL Rehabilitation: Is this effective & safe
  • What’s New in the Rehabilitation of ACL Patients
  • Lab: Proprioception & Neuromuscular exercises for the LE
  • ACL injuries in the Females: Why so many & How can we reduce the incidences
  • Patellofemoral Rehabilitation: Evidence based approach to non-operative treatment
  • Lab:  Clinical Exam Knee & Patellofemoral Exam & Rx Techniques
  • BFR: Blood Flow Restriction: What is it & how can we utilize in rehab
  • Rehabilitation Techniques for Tendinopathies
  • Articular Cartilage Lesions: Non-operative & post-operative rehabilitation
  • Return to Play Criteria: Evidence Based Objective Criteria
  • Unusual Case Presentations:
  • Open Discussion & Demonstration


Learning Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this seminar, the practitioner will learn how to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the anatomy & biomechanics of the shoulder complex
  • Perform specific clinical exam special tests, joint assessment techniques & performance tests
  • Recognize capsular restrictions of the Glenohumeral joint
  • Recognize specific rotator cuff lesions & pathologies
  • Perform specific joint mobilization, stretching for the shoulder joint complex
  • Design an effective and appropriate evidence based rehabilitation program for various shoulder dysfunctions:
         - Bankart repairs, Laterjet procedures, superior capsular repair,
         - Rotator cuff repair
         - SLAP repairs
         - Motor control deficits
         - Biceps Pain
         - Scapular dyskinesis
         - Adhesive Capsulitis
         - Acriomoclavicular joint dysfunction
         - Overhead athlete
         - Return to Play Criteria Evidence Based
         - Specific injuries to the female overhead athlete
  • Analyze specific exercise techniques and evaluate the exercises effectiveness
  • Integrate the information presented and formulate a treatment plan for specific case studies which will be presented.


Upon successful completion of this seminar, the practitioner will learn how to:

  • Understand the anatomy and biomechanics of the knee joint
  • Develop an understanding of patellofemoral joint pain & dysfunction & develop a treatment program from a evidence based approach
  • Demonstrate and organize a functional assessment for specific knee disorders
  • Interpret the information obtained from the clinical examination & functional assessment and develop a treatment plan
  • Design an effective and appropriate rehabilitation program based on evidence based medicine for the following knee pathologies:
         - ACL surgery
         - ACL reconstruction
         - ACL MAD procedure, ALL procedures of the knee
         - Patellofemoral pain & post-operative rehabilitation
         - Tendinopathies
         - Post-operative articular cartilage procedures
         - Knee stiffness & loss of motion
         - Return to Play Criteria – evidence based
         - Specific techniques to improve healing & promote muscle hypertrophy
  • Analyze specific exercise techniques, such as weight bearing & non weight bearing exercises and understand joint kinematics and muscular activity & then be able to develop the treatment plan for the appropriate exercises for the specific patient
  • Integrate the information presented in this course and demonstrate problem-solving skills through the development of treatment plans of specific case studies presented

Course Requirements:

  • Lab clothing: tank top to expose the shoulder, and shorts to expose the knee.
  • Bring a mat (or blanket), a pillow and a large towel for lab table.
  • Also, bring a sense of humor, and your brain for some new concepts & thoughts!



Meet Dr. Kevin E. Wilk 

Kevin E. Wilk, DPT, PT, FAPTA
Dr. Kevin Wilk has lead a distinguished career as a clinical physical therapist for the past 33 years, as a leading authority in rehabilitation of sports injuries and orthopedic lesions. He has been significant contributions to laboratory research, biomechanical research and clinical outcome studies.




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