Orthopedic Rehabilitation of the Knee


kneebonesThis two-day seminar is designed in an attempt to bridge the gap between scientific research and clinical practice. The concepts and principles presented will emphasize current and innovative approaches to the evaluation and treatment of orthopedic knee pathology. Teaching methods will include lecture (60%), video, workshop demonstration, and lab practice (40%). The focus of the seminar is on immediate clinical application of evidence-based practice in a limited access environment.


Following completion of the program the participant will be able to:

  1. recognize and describe the functional anatomy of the knee
  2. explain the kinetic chain function of the dynamic mobilizers and static stabilizers that control the knee.
  3. conduct an evidence-based, comprehensive orthopedic knee examination
  4. recognize the common signs/symptoms associated with macro and microtraumatic injuries to the knee.
  5. design and implement proven treatment perspectives for injuries to the knee’s ligamentous, meniscal, and patellofemoral structures
  6. construct and implement a functional rehab program in the treatment of knee injuries.
  7. perform and/or demonstrate manual therapy, mobilization, and taping techniques used in the management of knee injuries.
  8. design and conduct a knee injury prevention program
  9. interpret functional and isokinetic evaluations to determine a patient’s readiness to return to activity.


  • Functional Anatomy-Biomechanics Review
  • Evaluation and Special Tests Lab
  • Selection Criteria and Non-Operative Management of Ligamentous Injuries
  • Gender Specific ACL Rehabilitation
  • Loss of Motion Protocol and Mobilization Lab
  • Appropriate Classification and Conservative Management of Patellofemoral Dysfunctions
  • The “Myths” of Patellofemoral Dysfunction
  • Articular Cartilage Lesions: Surgical Procedures and Rehabilitation (Microfracture, ACI, and OATS)
  • Meniscal Injury and Post-Operative Management
  • Total Joint Replacement Rehabilitation
  • Functional Examination and Testing
  • Therapeutic Exercise Progressions and “Squat” Lab
  • Ligament Injury Screening and Prevention of Injury Lab
  • Limited Access Rehabilitation and Home Exercise Program Ideas


Day One 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Day Two 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
15 contact hours; intermediate level


Edward P. Mulligan, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, ATC

Edward P. Mulligan

Dr. Mulligan has been involved in orthopedic-sports physical therapy, athletic training, and clinical education for the past 36 years. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Nebraska and he received his physical therapy training at UTMB – Galveston. He completed the post-professional master’s degree program at Texas Woman’s University-Dallas in 1995 and his transitional DPT program at Regis University in 2008. He was recognized as a clinical specialist in sports physical therapy by the APTA in 1988 and as a clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy in 2009. He is an Associate Professor and Residency Program Director in the Physical Therapy Department at UT Southwestern in Dallas and has taught over 250 seminars to over 10,000 participants in 36 states over the past 20 years. He has authored numerous textbook chapters and had his research published in multiple high impact physical therapy and orthopedic surgery journals. Ed has been married to Jana Mulligan, PT for 34 years. They have two sons, Ryan, who is a foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon in Grapevine, TX and Reid,  who is an Architect in Dallas, TX. He is also the proud of his grandchildren, Ellie and Bennett.