The KneeCap ReCap

Presenter: Richard Willy, PT, PhD

” Evaluation and treatment of individuals with patellofemoral and iliotibial band pain”

Course Description

This course is a one-day (8-hour) course that emphasizes putting the latest evidence into practice to provide innovative solutions for the individual with patellofemoral pain or iliotibial band pain. The course is led by Richard Willy, PT, PhD, a recognized expert in and knee injuries with particular expertise in running-related injuries. Besides publishing over 50 peer-reviewed papers, he is the lead author on the recent Patellofemoral Pain Clinical Practice Guideline published in the September 2019 issue of Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy.
Attendees will leave with practical skills that will enable them to fully assess overuse injuries to the patellofemoral joint and iliotibial band and design a comprehensive training approach to maximize patient outcomes. Attendees will learn techniques that readily translate to the clinic, including: 1) Clinical reasoning and examination techniques for the knee; 2) Specific strength and conditioning practices to treat athletes with patellofemoral pain and iliotibial band pain; 3) Return to run programs are presented for these specific running injuries; and, 4) Attendees will learn when and how to implement gait retraining in a patient’s rehabilitation program, including how to use simple wearable devices to assist with optimizing patient outcomes.

Course Objectives:

1. Be able to recognize the risk factors for the development of patellofemoral pain and iliotibial band pain.
2. Perform a thorough examination of the patellofemoral joint and iliotibial band. Be able to differentially diagnose and screen patellofemoral pain, patellar instability, patellar tendinopathy, iliotibial band pain, and pediatric overuse injuries of the knee.
3. Understand how certain running biomechanics may hinder a runner’s recovery from patellofemoral pain or iliotibial band pain.
4. Describe a simple and clinically relevant classification system for gait mechanics that may contribute to these injuries.
5. Recognize psychosocial and training factors that contribute to the etiology of running injuries: Is biomechanics important?
6. Learn the best practices to use strength and conditioning practices to enhance load tolerance and maximize patient outcomes in individuals with patellofemoral pain and iliotibial band pain. Participants will be able to prescribe treatment adjuncts, such as patellar taping.

7.Learnwhenandhowtousegaitretrainingorrunningshoeprescriptioninareturn to run program for runners with these injuries


Dr. Richard Willy is an Assistant Professor in the School of Physical Therapy, University of Montana (Missoula, MT, USA). He received his PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Science from the University of Delaware and his Master of Physical Therapy from Ohio University. In addition to his research, Dr. Willy has been a clinician for 22 years specializing in the treatment of the injured runner. His research aims to develop clinically effective treatments for patellofemoral pain, Achilles tendon injuries, and tibial stress fractures. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers on lower extremity overuse injuries in recreational, competitive, and tactical athletes. Besides publishing in peer-reviewed journals, Dr. Willy is a national and international presenter of his research and clinical expertise on how to evaluate and treat the injured runner. He is currently funded by the United States Department of Defense to develop overuse injury prevention techniques for Soldiers. Dr. Willy and his research have been featured in Runner’s World multiple times. Dr. Willy treats runners of all levels, from the new runner to the elite competitor.

Link to JOSPT Guidelines on Patellofemoral Pain