A course offered through MedBridge Inc provides key information regarding how to address the issues that accompany the rehabilitation of ACL and PCL injuries.

According to the MedBridge Inc website, the “ACL and PCL Injuries, Surgeries, and Rehabilitation” course features 10 chapters and is designed to help contextualize the learner to the historical development of the majority of commonplace procedures used in the clinical today.

The course’s first chapter focuses on the anatomy of the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments, correlating these atomic considerations in doing reconstructive surgery. Its second chapter outlines evaluation, including understanding 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. The site notes that participants will learn how to use examination results to inform their progression with patients, and review data on the sensitivity and specificity of various tests.

During the course’s third chapter, participants will review current literature to learn to differentiate ACL and PCL injuries in terms of the nature of injury, postsurgery consequences, rehabilitation concepts, and surgery as an option for treatment. Its fourth chapter, the site says, aims to help attendees understand rehabilitation concepts for ACL injuries, as well as learn about the weekly stages involved in the progression of a rehabilitation program. This includes learning the appropriate exercises, range of motion and weight-bearing progression, isokinetics, and ability to differentiate open versus closed chain exercises.

The fifth chapter highlights PCL concepts, outlining how PCL rehabilitation differs from ACL, surgical implementation, key rehabilitation concepts, and the appropriate progression of a rehabilitation program, along with the various exercises and equipment available. The site notes that the sixth chapter covers three full case studies from course instructor Terry Malone’s, PT, EdD, ATC, FAPTA, own experience, its seventh chapter offers an overview of ACL history, and its eighth chapter will discuss 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.

ACL prevention, including the prevalence and frequency in various populations, mechanisms of injury will be covered in the ninth course chapter, along with prevention theories, and a review of findings from research studies on the topic, and learning about various solutions for strength, flexion, and fatigue that can be implemented in training for the prevention of ACL injuries. The course’s last chapter focuses on various exercises and techniques designed to prevent ACL and PCL injuries. Demonstrations will be performed with a model.

Course instructor Malone is a full time professor at the University of Kentucky. He received his EdD and MSPT from Duke University and served as the initial sports physical therapist at Duke and Coordinator of the Sports Medicine Clinic. The site notes that Malone also served as the initial chairman of the sports specialization council of the APTA, as a liaison to the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports, Chair and dean of the Krannert School of Physical Therapy at the University of Indianapolis, and the Physical Therapy Program director at the University of Kentucky from 1993 to 2006.

For more information, visit www.medbridgeeducation.com

[Source: MedBridge Inc]