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Comprehensive look at research comparing surgical vs non-surgical management including assessment and rehabilitation of ACL tears.

Almost routinely, patients are offered surgery to return to high-level activity and pivoting sports, and for long-term superior knee joint health. This concept, as well as the dire view of a patient or athlete who has suffered an ACL tear has been widely propagated in mass media, and has affected populations both amateur and professional. Current best research challenges these ingrained paradigms.


The theory component of this course presents case studies and the history of ACL reconstruction surgery clearly presenting the current evidence and making a case for reconsidering a surgery-first approach to ACL tear management. The course provides guidance on clinical decision-making for surgical and non-surgical management including risks and benefits and identifying copers and non-copers.


The practical lectures are ideal to watch while you work in pairs or small groups. You will learn how to assess the acute ACL injury, manage patellofemoral pain and progress rehabilitation from early to late stage including functional tests and return-to-sport criteria.

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Course content:

    1. Case study of ACL reconstruction

    2. Case study of rehabilitation approach

    3. Rehabilitation stages and outcomes

    4. History of ACL management, surgical techniques, grafts

    5. Re-injury rates

    6. Strengths and limitations of research

    1. ACL reconstruction statistics and healthcare costs

    2. Comparison between surgical vs non-surgical outcomes

    3. Evidence for the “physio first” approach

    4. “Copers” vs “non-copers”

    5. Risk of development of knee osteoarthritis

    6. Clinical decision-making in surgical vs non-surgical management

    1. Risks and benefits of surgical reconstruction

    2. Risks and benefits of structured rehabilitation alone

    3. Influence of concomitant knee injury

    4. Healing and repair of reconstructed ACLs

    5. Who requires ACL surgery?

    1. Physical examination of the acute ACL injury

    2. Assessment of rotational laxity

    3. Assessment and management of patellofemoral pain after ACL injury

    4. Role of manual therapy in ACL management

    1. Assessment of motor control

    2. Key components of a home exercise programme

    3. Progressions of early – late stage rehabilitation exercises

    4. Quadriceps and hamstring strengthening

    5. Proprioception and perturbation training

    6. Functional testing and limb symmetry assessment

    7. Return-to-sport progressions and criteria

About this course

  • $352.00
  • Coupon Code: NZ20
  • Learning time: 6 hrs
  • Suitable for all levels.


  • Video presentations

  • Reference articles

  • CPD certificate (6 hr)


Instructor Dr Kieran Richardson

Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy), Master of Clinical Physiotherapy, Fellow at the Australian College of Physiotherapists

Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Director – Global Specialist Physiotherapy

Dr. Kieran Richardson is a Specialist Physiotherapist and the Director of Global Specialist Physiotherapy, a consultancy company of academics and expert clinicians who provide Formal Mentoring, Professional Development and Second Opinion.

He has a special interest in Non-surgical Management of ACL injuries, having overseen 100’s of successful cases, including confirmed healed full thickness tears on repeat MRI. He has lectured at state and national conferences on this topic, runs live online presentations to clinicians, practices and large clinic groups, and second opinions for patients and clinicians wanting an expert non-surgical review. He also has a series of online ACL theory and practical workshops and tutorials for health care professionals.