The stiff knee after injury or surgery - how to manage it
What you'll learn
- understand the situations that raise the risk of knee stiffness after injury or surgery
- recognise the critical window of opportunity for managing the early stiff knee and regaining range of motion
- grasp the key principles of rehabilitation to restore range of motion
- be sure when rehabilitation is progressing inadequately and know when to refer to a surgeon
- understand the surgical options for early knee stiffness
- understand the surgical options for established arthrofibrosis
- understand why a team approach is necessary after surgery for established arthrofibrosis
- grasp the special rehabilitation requirements after surgery for established arthrofibrosis
- There are no prerequisites other than an interest in knee rehabilitation.
This course is for anyone involved in the early rehabilitation after knee injury or surgery. It would also be of value to trainee physiotherapists.
Because internal joint scarring, if it is going to occur, is likely to trigger early in the rehabilitation process, then it is the patient and the physiotherapist who need to be looking out for the danger signs. If they understand the issues and what to watch for, then management can be optimised before there is a progression to the tragic outcome of intractable scarring (arthrofibrosis) with irreversible stiffness of the knee.
The course explains the issues, anatomy and terminology - with loads of easy to follow illustrations and videos - so that your rehabilitation programme will really start to make proper sense. You will learn what the physiotherapist is trying to do, and why. You will learn about those surgical procedures that may be helpful in the process of freeing up movement again.The course should take four hours to complete, but there is no need for any pre-knowledge as it is fully comprehensive.
Who this course is for:
- This course is for ordinary people who have had a knee injury or surgery and who want answers about how best to get their knee moving fully again. No prior knowledge is needed, and lectures are fully illustrated.
- There is also plenty here for physiotherapists and doctors, who want to really understand why their patients are having problems with rehabilitation.
Dr Sheila Strover (BScHons MBBCh MBA) is Director of ftmg Associates Ltd in the UK and responsible for key strategy and the development of the clinical content on the KNEEguru website. She is a medical practitioner (ex anaesthetist), with many years' experience working in a medical managerial capacity with the knee surgeons and physiotherapists at the Droitwich Knee Clinic and The Knee Foundation in the UK, although she left those two organisations in 2003, and no longer has any commercial involvement with them.
Sebastiano Nutarelli is a former 'complex problem knee' patient who travelled to some of the best orthopaedic clinics around the world for several years to find the right help for his problem, undergoing multiples surgeries and rehabilitation. This life-changing experience drove him, once back on his feet, to switch his life, from being both a web accessibility engineer and a career athlete in Italy, to enrol in a four year Physical Therapy BSc program at the university in Switzerland with a particular interest in orthopaedic, traumatologic and sports physiotherapy. Once graduated he continued his studies with a Certificate in Advanced Studies in Sports Physical Therapy in Switzerland, manual therapy courses/certifications and non-stop PT continuous education courses. He co-founded 2 companies that organize PT continuous education courses in different countries in EU with the best PT researchers and clinical experts coming from all over the world. In addition, works as an interpreter from English to Italian and assistant during these courses. The long experience as a patient highly raised his personal bar of the level of service he'd like to provide to his patients and orthopaedic & sport rehabilitation is his main field of interest.