Chris Powers Workshop

Advanced Care Physical Therapy in partnership with Dr. Michael Geraci  (Geraci Sport and Spine) and Sports PT of NY was proud to welcome internationally recognized Dr. Chris Powers to Western New York on June 27 & 28. This course was specifically intended for professionals in the fields of PT, PTA, ATC, DC and DO/MD. The purpose of this course was to critically assess current approaches to the management of common knee disorders through review of research findings and practical clinical experience. It provided a unique opportunity to learn from an industry expert.

 Course Outline:

The knee is the most common site of the lower extremity injury in persons who are physically active. More specifically, tears of the ACL and disorders of the patellofemoral joint are among the most common injuries seen by physical therapists. Despite the high number of knee injuries seen in the orthopedic practice, evaluation and treatment programs remain highly variable and are often without scientific backing. The purpose of this course was to critically assess current approaches to the management of common knee disorders through review of research findings and practical clinical experience. Course participants received a thorough review of the clinical biomechanics of the tibiofemoral and patellofemoral joint, as well as an overview of the entire lower kinetic chain as it relates to knee dysfunction. Emphasis was placed on current research in the areas of injury biomechanics, treatment approaches and injury prevention strategies. Implications for return to sport decisions following knee injury/surgery were addressed.

Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes

1.  Describe the influence of abnormal lower extremity mechanics on the knee injury (with a special focus on patellofemoral dysfunction and ACL injury).

2.  Describe the scientific and clinical rationale behind the development of an exercise program for the treatment of common tibiofemoral joint injuries.

3.  Describe the scientific and clinical rationale behind the development of an exercise program for patellofemoral joint dysfunction.

4.  Describe the scientific and clinical rationale behind the development of an exercise program to prevent ACL injury.

5.  Describe a functional return sport testing & training program for persons who have undergone ACL reconstruction.

About Christopher M. Powers, PhD, PT, FACSM, FAPTA

Dr. Powers is the founder and owner of the Movement Performance Institute in Los Angeles. In addition, he is a Professor in the Department of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy, and Co-Director of the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Southern California. He holds joint appointments in the departments of Radiology and Orthopaedic Surgery within the Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Powers received his Bachelors degree in Physical Education from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1984, his Masters degree in Physical Therapy from Columbia University in 1987, and a Ph.D. in Biokinesiology in 1996 from USC. Dr. Powers did his post-doctoral training at the Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory, University of California, Irvine.

Dr. Powers is recognized nationally and internationally for his research related to the biomechanical causes of lower extremity injury. More specifically, he is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on knee injuries; in particular patellofemoral joint dysfunction and tears of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Dr. Powers has published over 150 research articles and has received several awards from the American Physical Therapy Association, including the Rose Excellence in Research Award from the Orthopaedic Section, the Eugene Michels New Investigator Award, the Dorothy Briggs Scientific Inquiry Award and the Helen J Hislop Award for contributions to the professional literature.

Dr. Powers is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association. He also is a member of the American Society for Biomechanics, American Society for Testing and Measures, and the North American Society for Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis. In addition, Dr. Powers is the current President of the California Physical Therapy Association and Editor of the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy.