Sinai Rehabilitation Center Presents the 17th Annual Fall Series

Comprehensive Management of Athletic Knee Injuries:
What You “Kneed” to Know

Date: Friday, November 1, 2019
Time: 8:30 am–5:00 pm

Craig Bennett, MD
Anil Bhave, PT
Kala Flagg, PT, MPT, ATC, CSCS
Simeon Mellinger, PT, DPT, OCS
Grace “Annie” Neurohr, PT, DPT

Comprehensive Management of Knee Injuries

Course Description

The knee joint is one of the strongest and most important joints in the human body. However, for the competitive and recreational athlete, it is exceedingly susceptible to injury. Iliotibial band friction syndrome, patellar tendinopathy, patello-femoral pain syndrome, and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries may require extensive rehabilitation management. Options range from conservative rehabilitation to surgical intervention and postoperative rehabilitation. With advances in research, technology, and practice, innovations in comprehensive knee-injury management continue to develop.

The Sinai Rehabilitation Center is offering a one-day course that will present attendees with a multidisciplinary approach for evidence-based evaluation and invasive and noninvasive treatment of common overuse knee injuries and traumatic knee injuries.


At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the underlying pathophysiology for the most common running injuries, including iliotibial band friction syndrome, patellar tendinopathy, and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
  • Describe the movement dysfunctions and biomechanics that may contribute to these knee conditions.
  • Review the current literature on successful treatment of each condition, including manual therapy, therapeutic exercises, biofeedback techniques, and effective modalities.
  • Discuss the current literature of neuromuscular electrical stimulation, blood flow restriction, and bracing as they pertain to quad function.
  • Determine best practice for return to sport after ACL injury.
  • Examine the latest surgical techniques and outcomes for ACL reconstruction.

Target Audience

Physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and physical therapy students

Speaker Biographies

Craig H. Bennett, MD, a practitioner of orthopaedic sports medicine for 21 years, is a cofounder of the LifeBridge Sports Medicine Institute. After graduating from Brown University, he earned a medical degree from the University of California at San Francisco. He completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at Emory University and a sports medicine fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, where he remained on staff for 5 years and served as physician for the basketball team, as well as associate physician for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Dr. Bennett was head orthopaedic surgeon for the University of Maryland (UM) Terrapins and chief of orthopaedic sports medicine at the UM School of Medicine. He has also served as the head orthopaedic surgeon for the Baltimore Ravens. A graduate of the Leadership Fellowship Program of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), he was the orthopaedic keynote speaker at the 2018 National Medical Association Meeting and was elected by the NBA Players’ Association as a consulting physician. He has been honored as a Baltimore Magazine Top Doc and mentor of the year at Towson University.

Anil Bhave, PT, is the clinical director of Orthopedic Rehabilitation and director of the Wasserman Gait Laboratory at the Rubin Institute of Orthopedics (RIAO), at Sinai Hospital. A practicing physical therapist for 40 years, he evaluates and treats patients with extremity dysfunctions (e.g., stiffness, weakness, joint contractures) that result from conditions such as total joint replacement, limb-lengthening surgery, and trauma. He has developed and patented dynamic casting and bracing techniques for treatment of stiffness and contractures.
Mr. Bhave has published significant work in peer-reviewed journals and delivered more than 300 lectures nationally and internationally. He is a recipient of the Jacqueline Perry, MD, award of the AAOS and the Lynn Staheli, MD, award of the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America.

Kala Flagg, MPT, PT, ATC, CSCS, graduated from the Howard University (HU) Dept. of Physical Therapy. Although she has held positions in various settings (outpatient, inpatient, nursing homes, pediatrics), she gained most of her experience in nontraditional environments. Ms. Flagg was the first-ever PT to work directly within the athletic department of UM, College Park, where she helped to establish a multidisciplinary approach to patient/athlete treatment and, working closely with Dr. Bennett, developed ACL protocols and specific long-term rehabilitation programs for athletes. She is a member of a PT team that travels with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater of NYC.
Currently, Ms. Flagg is a faculty member at HU. She owns TEAM Sports Injury Consulting, which focuses on educating and treating young athletes and their families, consulting with professional athletes and performers, and coaching healthcare providers who wish to pursue nontraditional entrepreneurship options.

Simeon Mellinger, PT, DPT, OCS, joined the RIAO upon earning a doctorate in physical therapy from UM, Baltimore, in 2015. Since then, he has been certified in trigger-point dry needling, Astym, and selective functional movement assessment. Mr. Mellinger recently became the sports rehab and research specialist at RIAO and earned orthopaedics specialtist certification from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2018. With Ms. Neurohr, he published "Evidence-Based Treatment Options for Common Knee Injuries in Runners" in the Annals of Translational Medicine. Mr. Mellinger focuses on incorporating current best research into assessment and treatment in the orthopedic PT practice.

Grace "Annie" Neurohr, PT, DPT, received a doctorate in physical therapy from the UM, Baltimore, in 2016. Currently working at the RIAO as the running and biomotion specialist, she coordinates the running program at Sinai Hospital and is involved with running rehabilitation and biomechanical research. Ms. Neurohr is a board-certified dry-needling therapist and is trained in Astym therapy, blood flow restriction therapy, movement-analysis technology, and custom orthotic fabrication. She is an avid runner and can be found jogging all over Baltimore, usually with her reluctant dog Adler.

Continuing Education Credits

This course has been submitted to the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for approval of 6.0 continuing education units.

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Contact Information

Jean Sener
Sinai Rehabilitation Center
2401 West Belvedere Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21215
Phone: 410-601-5581
Fax: 410-601-6358

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