3315 – Latest Concepts for Knees

Advanced / Pool Workshop


Sanibel, FL / Thursday, June 21, 2018 – 1:00-4:00 pm – 2.5 credit hours

(Pool: 1:00-2:15 pm / Classroom: 2:45-4:00 pm)


Faculty: Lynda Huey, MS


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Take a look at the latest information regarding the most common knee conditions and surgeries. Latest research regarding knees shows that arthroscopy for any condition can make the knee worse – 4% or more of those having knee arthroscopy will develop osteonecrosis. Many studies have now shown that arthroscopy for a meniscus tear has virtually no different results than doing a fake surgery. We will provide a protocol to use with the torn meniscus, which has successfully been helping patients prevent knee surgery at CompletePT for nearly the past two decades. Other research shows that too many Americans are receiving total knee implants when they had mild or non-existent pain or dysfunction. We will discuss nurturing vs. abusive exercise to prevent or postpone the need for such knee surgery. In the pool, students will learn the do’s and don’ts for non-surgical and postsurgical knee patients.



1)    Examine in-depth information about the most common knee problems.

2)    Identify which exercises are therapeutic for knees and which to avoid or modify for knee pain.

3)    Put together an appropriate session for any of the knee diagnoses discussed.

4)    Determine when to progress into more advanced exercises.

5)    Modify group activities to protect the most injured while challenging the most capable participants.

6)    Explore the latest research regarding knees and what it means for aquatic rehab programs.

7)    Modify participants’ positions in the pool to make a small pool feel spacious.

8)    Guide students, clients, or patients away from surgery with confidence, knowing the pool program will help them prevent or postpone surgery or help them prehab for surgery.

9)    Determine the specific movement guidelines for those with knee injuries who are trying to prevent or postpone surgery.

10) Identify how to prehab and rehab postsurgical knee patients – construct a pool protocol within the limitations of appropriate movement restrictions.

11) Apply the day’s understandings – give examples of what to do at each phase of the program, whether it is to prevent or postpone surgery or to prehab for or recover from surgery.


FACULTY: Lynda Huey, MS, is the author of Heal Your Knees and Heal Your Hips, and the President of CompletePT Pool & Land Physical Therapy in Los Angeles that treats over 400 patients per week. Huey pioneered the use of water rehabilitation in athletics with the US track and field team in the 1980s. She has taught her water therapy techniques to thousands of coaches, therapists, and doctors in Italy, Australia, Brazil, and around the United States. She is a regular guest on radio and TV news shows.