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Management of Knee Injuries: An Evidence-Based Update

Jointly provided by University Orthopaedic Associates, LLC and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

rutgers-rwjms    University Orthopaedic Associates


The knee is the largest and most complex joint in the human body and therefore vulnerable to a variety of injuries.  Studies have illustrated that roughly 40% of sports injuries occur to the knee. Knee injuries may be complex and often reflect similar symptoms. The most common injuries include fracture, dislocation, sprains and tears.  The literature is constantly evolving and practitioners may find it hard to stay current with best practice guidelines. Patient care is often difficult as injury impacts pain, function and athletic activity. Practitioners need to review anatomy, clinical tests and review treatment options based on best available evidence in order to make best care decisions.  

This activity will review common knee injuries, their evaluation, imaging options and treatment based on best available literature.  Learning will occur through lecture, case study and group discussion.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for primary care and sports medicine physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and other allied healthcare professionals interested in or involved with the management of knee injuries.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this program, learners should be better able to:

  • Review the basic anatomy of the knee.
  • Recognize common risk factors of knee injury.
  • Define common injury mechanisms of knee injury.
  • Summarize conservative and operative treatment options for patients with common knee injury.
  • Describe considerations for the use of injectable medications including biologics based on knee pathology.
  • List the goals, criteria and benchmarks for knee rehabilitation and progression.
  • Summarize conservative and operative treatment options for patellofemoral pain.
  • Recognize clinical indicators for determining when patients could benefit from a ligament reconstruction.
  • Summarize conservative and operative options for treating meniscal injuries.
  • Describe conservative and operative options for treating cartilaginous injury of the knee.
  • Discuss the role of functional exercise for return to sports following knee injury.

Program Agenda:

7:15 am Registration, Continental Breakfast
7:40 am Welcome and Introduction
7:50 am Management and Myths of Ligamentous Injury

Kenneth G. Swan, Jr., MD

8:20 am Management and Myths of Meniscal Injury

Patrick S. Buckley, MD

8:50 am Management and Myths of Cartilage Injury

Charles J. Gatt Jr., MD

9:20 am Management and Myths of Patellofemoral Injury

Jeffrey R. Bechler, MD

9:50 am Break
10:00 am Round Table Discussion

Drs. Bechler, Buckley, Gatt and Swan

10:45 am Rehabilitation Considerations of the Knee

Dean Pinciotti, PT

11:15 am Timothy M. Hosea Memorial Lecture

“Considerations for Functional Rehabilitation of Knee Injuries”

Steve Kennelly, MEd, LAT, ATC

12:00 pm Adjourn/Lunch

University Orthopaedic Associates/Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Faculty

Jeffrey R. Bechler, MD – Orthopaedic Surgeon, Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Patrick S. Buckley, MD – Orthopaedic Surgeon, Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Charles J. Gatt, Jr., MD – Orthopaedic Surgeon, Associate Professor and Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Dean Pinciotti, PT – Director of Physical Therapy, University Orthopaedic Associates

Kenneth G. Swan, Jr., MD – Orthopaedic Surgeon, Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Steven W. Kennelly, MEd, LAT, ATC – Assistant Head Athletic Trainer, New York Football Giants, Inc., East Rutherford, New Jersey

Planning Committee

Charles J. Gatt, Jr., MD
Eric Nussbaum, MEd, ATC, LAT, Clinical Instructor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.


All individuals who affect the content of continuing education activities are required to disclose to the audience any real or apparent conflict of interest related to the activity. The activity faculty is further required to disclose discussion of off-label/investigational uses in their presentations. These disclosures will be made to the audience at the time of the activity.


In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and University Orthopaedic Associates, LLC. Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences designates this live activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Certified Athletic Trainers

BOC approved Provider

University Orthopaedic Associates, LLC is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers. This event has been approved for 4.0 EBP credits with the BOC, Inc. Certified Athletic Trainers are responsible for claiming only those hours actually spent participating in the continuing education activity.

Physical Therapists

Application for continuing educational credits for physical therapists has been filed with the NJ Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. Formal notice of approval will be posted to our website when approved. 

Advanced practice nurses, nurses and physician assistants may participate in this educational activity and earn a letter of attendance as AAPA, AANP, and ANCC accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ through their reciprocity agreements.

Method of Participation:

In order to meet the learning objectives and receive continuing education credits, ALL participants who are expected to check in at the registration desk, attend the educational program, and complete the credit request and evaluation forms at the conclusion of the activity. Athletic trainers are required to complete the activity post-test as well.

A letter certifying attendance and credit verification will be mailed to participants within 4 weeks.

Athletic Trainers will be provided their certificates of attendance/EBP Category CEUs upon receipt of their completed evaluation and post-test.


Please complete the registration form on the right. There will be a minimal, non-refundable tuition fee of $35.00 assessed which must be paid by credit card at the time of registration. Course registration includes continental breakfast, refreshment break, lunch, continuing education credits and course materials.

Meeting Facilities

University Orthopaedic Associates, LLC

2 World’s Fair Drive

(Route 527 – Easton Ave and US Interstate 287)

2nd Floor Conference Room

Somerset, NJ 08873

Free parking is available at the meeting venue.

For Additional Information

For additional information, questions, concerns, or if you require special arrangements to attend this activity, please contact Eric Nussbaum at 908-300-5833 or by email at ericn@uognj.com.

University Orthopaedic Associates and Rutgers reserve the right to modify program content, faculty and program activities.  It also reserves the right to cancel the activity if necessary. If the activity is cancelled, liability is limited to the registration fee.


Registration is closed for this event.

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