Acupuncture Sports Medicine Webinar Series - Course 11

Anterior Knee Pain: The Patello-Femoral Joint

Whitfield Reaves discusses about Sports Medicine techniques to treat the dysfunction of the patello-femoral joint.

Whitfield Reaves
Whitfield Reaves

Course Overview

Dysfunction of the patello-femoral joint produces pain in the anterior knee in the region of the patella and the extraordinary points, Xiyan. It is a repetitive stress injury characterized by inflammation and irritation of the undersurface of the patella. This may progress to chondromalacia or anterior compartment osteoarthritis.


Knee pain from patello-femoral joint dysfunction is the most common knee disorder encountered by the orthopedic physician. Patients with this complaint are very common to the acupuncture clinic. And while they may be runners, jumpers, or cyclists, patellar pain can be seen in all ages – even with moderate levels of activity. Understanding the complexity of the causes, and the available western treatments is important knowledge to add to the relatively simple and straightforward treatments of acupuncture. In this webinar, Whitfield Reaves will discuss some useful acupuncture sports medicine techniques to treat and manage this commonly seen condition.


This series was introduced in 2011, and is based upon single individual sports injuries. Each course provides simple and direct video for first time viewing as well as to increase precision through repetition. Even if you have taken the newer series, Mastering the Treatment of Injury and Pain, this old series is still an excellent resource for review and is filled with clinical gems.


  • To use palpation and orthopedic tests in order to diagnose involvement of the patello-femoral joint.

  • To know two non-local treatments that may be used in the treatment of anterior knee pain.

  • To be able to describe needle technique at Xiyan and the sub-patellar region.

  • To be able to describe needle technique on two important zones of the quadriceps.

  • To know three common signs and symptoms of patello-femoral joint involvement.


  • 0 hrs - 15 min

    Anatomy of the Anterior Knee.

  • 15 min - 30 min

    Clinical assessment of pathology of the Anterior Knee.

  • 30 min - 45 min

    Demonstration of assessment.

  • 45 min - 1 hrs

    Demonstration of technique.


  • Nicholas H. (United States)

    Great class!

  • Alexandra B. (Canada)

    Finally a teacher who incorporates modern with traditional!

  • Eric W. (Canada)

    I clearly have greater knowledge of differentiation and treatment.

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Great class!

Nicholas H. (United States)

Finally a teacher who incorporates modern with traditional!

Alexandra B. (Canada)

I clearly have greater knowledge of differentiation and treatment.

Eric W. (Canada)

I would highly recommend the Sport Webinar series to any acupuncturists especially those working in chiropractic clinics so they can better complement their treatments and have a deeper understanding of joint pain and injuries.

Christine O. (Canada)

Good basic overview of the functional anatomy of the knee joint followed by some very practical advice.

Alexander B. (United Kingdom)

Superb course to learn how to diagnose anterior knee pain and it's treatment with acupuncture

Sunita K. (India)

Very well done: Organized, concise, fluent, practice based, humble , well spoken at a good pace.

Dan L. (United States)

Excellent course - the instructor does an impressive job bridging the worlds of western sports orthopedic and sports medicine with TCM.

Dana L. (United States)

This was a very straight-forward break-down of one aspect of knee pain. It has made this aspect of anterior knee pain very approachable.

Corrine W. (Canada)


Whitfield Reaves

In practice for over 40 years, Whitfield Reaves, OMD, L.Ac., specializes in the field of sports medicine. Being in the forefront of the acupuncture sports medicine field, Whitfield's experience includes working with athletes at the 1984 LA Olympic Games at the 1984 LA Olympic Games and countless other sport competitions since. He is an author, he teaches internationally as well.


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  • CEUs:

    Approved By: Florida (1), IVAS (1), Standard Certificate (1), NCCAOM (1), California [Until 2024/05/03]* (1)

  • Language: English

  • Course Type: Recorded Webinar

  • Course Length: 1 h

  • Course Notes: Notes are provided with this course.

  • Access Period: Lifetime


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