Evaluation and Management of the Painful and/or Injured Knee Online CME Course

This course is only for Mayo Clinic personnel

Billie Schultz, MD., Katie Traver, PT, DPT, ATC., and Stephen Wisniewski, MD

Knee pain is an indication commonly seen in outpatient rehabilitation practices including sports medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, PT and OT. Knee pain affects nearly 25% of all adults with prevalence increasing more than 60% over the past 20 years. (Nguyen et al. 2011) Given its complicated structure requiring strength and stability to ensure pain-free and safe function, dysfunction of the knee may be due to degeneration or injury. Rehabilitation providers including therapists and athletic trainers are uniquely positioned to assess anatomy and biomechanics of the knee. Based on that information, providers can guide diagnostic testing, non-surgical treatment, and evidence informed therapy interventions to improved function and decrease pain.
This four-part series will provide evidence-based knowledge into the anatomy and radiology of the knee, the clinical examination and relevant traumatic and degenerative knee pathologies, on-the-field acute management of traumatic injuries, regenerative medicine treatment overview and therapy interventions to restore function and improve pain.

Target Audience

NOTE: This course is only open to Mayo Clinic employees. The intended audience includes occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, speech language pathologists, and therapy students.

Learning Objectives

Upon conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Recall the basic anatomy of the knee.
  • Explain the biomechanics of the knee.
  • Explain the significance of radiologic findings associated with knee pain.
  • Recognize the clinical presentations of common degenerative knee conditions.
  • Recognize the indications and candidates for orthobiologic injection treatment for knee pain.
  • Recognize the clinical presentations of common traumatic knee conditions.
  • Identify common mechanisms of traumatic knee injuries.
  • Summarize the physical therapy interventions in the treatment of degenerative knee pain.
  • Summarize the physical therapy interventions in the treatment of traumatic knee injuries.


Utilization of this Mayo Clinic online (enduring materials) course does not indicate nor guarantee competence or proficiency in the performance of any procedures which may be in this course.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 3.00 Attendance
  • 3.00 PT
Course opens: 
08/28/2023
Course expires: 
09/28/2023

This education series is delivered online, synchronously using the Zoom platform.

Brennan Boettcher, DO -

Andrew J Johnson PT, DPT, SCS - AJ Johnson is a Sports Physical Therapist at the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center specializing in Sports Medicine. He started his current position after graduating from the Mayo Clinic Sports Physical Therapy Residency program belonging to the 2020-21 cohort. Following this, he has also achieved board certification as a Sports Clinical Specialist. His specialty areas include: return to sport testing and decision making, post-operative management, tendinopathy and the overhead athlete.

David Krause, PT, DSc., MBA - David is an Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Since joining the faculty of the Mayo Clinic Physical Therapy program, Dr. Krause’s teaching responsibilities include orthopedics, sports medicine, gross anatomy, and professional management. His clinical and research interests include orthopedic clinical tests and measures, hockey, and concussion research. He serves as the assistant program director and as a co-chair of the program’s admissions committee.

Madeline Lee, PT, DPT, OCS - Madeline Lee graduated from the Northwestern University Doctor of Physical Therapy program in 2019 and the Mayo Clinic Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency in 2020. She has practice experience in the emergency department, acute care, and outpatient orthopedics. Currently, Maddie is the Musculoskeletal Lead Therapist in the outpatient orthopedic practice. Maddie’s clinical interests include all things musculoskeletal with specific interest in the shoulder complex, the knee, and the spine.

Naveen Murthy, MD - Dr. Murthy is a board certified, musculoskeletal fellowship trained, radiologist with a degree in chemical engineering and four years of orthopaedic surgery training from the University of Minnesota. This combination of training gives him an unique perspective and understanding of musculoskeletal imaging. His practice includes multimodality sports injury imaging, musculoskeletal ultrasound diagnostics and intervention, and image-guided spine interventions.

Stephen Wisniewski, MD - Dr. Wisniewski is an Assistant Professor of PM&R and current Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Division Chair. His clinical interests include musculoskeletal medicine, ultrasound-guided procedures, and regenerative medicine.

Physical therapy credit:
Sponsored by the Program in Physical Therapy, College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic. This course meets the criteria for up to 3.00 category I Continuing Education Units per Minnesota Physical Therapy Rules 5601.2400, 5601.2500.

General credit:
At the conclusion of this conference, participants will be awarded a certificate for up to 3.00 contact hours maximum based on actual contact hours. Please see your state specific requirements for licensure credits.

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Available Credit

  • 3.00 Attendance
  • 3.00 PT
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Access to this online course is available from the date of purchase until the course expires on September 28, 2023. Credit must be claimed within that time period.
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