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Patellofemoral Pain: Optimal assessment and management

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Leuven - Novotel
09:00 - 17:00


While Patellofemoral pain is the most common type of knee pain observed in clinics, it is a challenging condition to treat due to its various presentations. Through a thorough analysis of all potential differential diagnoses in the anterior knee region, this course aims to assist participants in developing a systematic approach to managing patients with patellofemoral pain. We focus on conducting an expert assessment of the anterior knee and developing a customized treatment plan.

There is much more to managing patellofemoral pain than VMO exercises and patellar taping, and there is no room for a one-size-fits-all approach. This course will provide you with superior abilities to assess and treat patients with patellofemoral pain:

  1. What are an individual's primary pain drivers and which are associated with their presentation?
  2. How can we manage an individual's pain, and how does this integrate into their overall management plan?
  3. When and how should we be looking to influence a patient's structure, biomechanics, activity levels, or psychosocial factors, and how may this change throughout the management process?

This course begins with 3 hours of pre-recorded lectures (accredited for PQK), in which participants gain access to the most important theoretical concepts concerning patellofemoral pain. At your own pace and location, you can go through all pre-recorded information. Note that it is crucial to complete the online training before the offline training day. This way, you can maximize your knowledge, and we can focus the day itself on the practical aspect of this interesting topic.

HYBRID LEARNING: This course includes

  • 3 hours of pre-recorded lectures (pre-course e-learning) 
  • 7 hours of live and offline workshops.


  • Further develop your existing skills in:
    • assessing the anterior knee
    • using adjuncts (foot orthoses, taping, neuromuscular stimulation)
    • exercise prescription
    • running/movement re-training
    • education and activity modification
  • Improve your ability to develop and deliver tailored management to individuals with patellofemoral pain




Bradley Neal

Dr Bradley Neal completed his MSc at the University of Hertfordshire in 2011, followed by a PhD at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in 2019. He spent 10 years as a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist at Pure Sports Medicine, London’s leading private Sports Medicine clinic.

In 2021, Bradley Neal joined the School of Rehabilitation & Exercise Science at the University of Essex as a Lecturer in Physiotherapy. 

He has published in several leading peer-reviewed journals, including the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Gait & Posture and Physical Therapy in Sport, where he is also an editorial advisor. His main research interests are in Patellofemoral Pain and other knee pathologies, biomechanics, running-related injury, and the epidemiology of musculoskeletal conditions.

Simon Lack

Dr Simon Lack PhD graduated from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in 2011 with an MSc in Sports & Exercise Medicine. He completed his PhD in 2017, with a thesis entitled 'the interaction of hip and foot biomechanics in the development and management of patellofemoral pain'.

Simon Lack works clinically as a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist at Pure Sports Medicine. He is also Head of Medical Services for the elite scholarship athlete programme at the University of East London.

Simon currently leads the MSc in Sports & Exercise Medicine at QMUL, where he aims to combine his clinical and academic experience to help guide the delivery and development of the programme. His main research interests centres on the assessment and delivery of targeted interventions, through a greater understanding of treatment effect mechanisms, for common knee complaints and in particular, patellofemoral pain and patellofemoral osteoarthritis.


Kinesitherapeuten, sportkinesitherapeuten, manueel therapeuten, podologen,...


PQK - Algemeen kinesitherapeutisch - 20

PQK - Manuele therapie (automatisch toegevoegd) - 20


370€ (excl. btw), 30% korting  indien betaling met KMO-Portefeuille (bij uw aanvraag dient u te opteren voor het thema 'beroepsspecifieke competenties')


  • Toegang tot het electronisch leerplatform + 3u voorbereidend lesmateriaal
  • Syllabus, lunch en koffiepauzes (offline dag).


Course components:

3 hours of pre-recorded lectures, to cover:

  • Aetiology of patellofemoral pain
  • Risk factors and associated drivers in patellofemoral pain
  • Principles of assessment of the anterior knee
  • Evidence underpinning and principles of exercise prescription
  • Adjuncts for patellofemoral pain and their supporting evidence
  • Evidence underpinning and principles of running/movement re-training

7 hour live and offline workshop, to cover:

  • Assessment of the anterior knee
  • Exercise prescription for patellofemoral pain rehabilitation
  • Adjuncts for patellofemoral pain (foot orthoses & taping techniques
  • Running/movement re-training for patellofemoral pain 
  • Question & answer session with case scenarios

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