OPTIKNEE

What is OPTIKNEE?

OPTIKNEE is an international consensus group focused on improving knee health and preventing osteoarthritis after a traumatic knee injury.

OPTIKNEE consists of clinician-scientists (physiotherapists, sports and exercise medicine physicians, orthopedic surgeons, kinesiologists), clinicians (physiotherapists), clinicians, and patients from Canada, Australia, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Ireland, and the United States.

OPTIKNEE is a “portmanteau’ word, or a word that results from blending two or more words, or parts of words. In this care, ‘Optimize’ and ‘Knee’.

The goals of OPTIKNEE are to:

Synthesize existing evidence related to traumatic knee injuries and post-traumatic knee osteoarthritis

To date, the OPTIKNEE group has conducted 7 systematic reviews:

Complete a consensus exercise to inform how to optimize knee health after a traumatic knee injury to prevent post-traumatic knee osteoarthritis

The OPTIKNEE 2022 Consensus is open-access and was published in the OPTIKNEE edition of the British Journal of Sports Medicine in December 2022

Develop clinical recommendations to guide rehabilitation to improve knee health and prevent osteoarthritis after a traumatic knee injury.

Clinical recommendations guide

  • Who to target
  • When to target
  • What to target
  • What to do
  • What to monitor
  • How to monitor

Develop research recommendations for best research practice and harmonizing outcomes to facilitate data synthesis to move the field of traumatic knee injury care and osteoarthritis prevention forward.

Research recommendations guide

  • Best research practice
  • Core outcomes to harmonize and facilitate data synthesis

Identify and prioritize knowledge gaps to move the field of traumatic knee injury care and osteoarthritis prevention forward.

Priority knowledge gaps

  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Future research

Engage with key stakeholder groups (patients, healthcare providers etc.) to ensure the relevance of the direction and any outputs

Evidence Synthesis

OPTIKNEE Steering Committee

Jackie Whittaker PT, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia and Research Scientist, Arthritis Research, Vancouver, Canada

Adam Culvenor PT, PhD

Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Knee Injury Group within the La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre, Melbourne, Australia

Carsten Juhl PhD

Associate Professor, Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark

Ewa Roos PT, PhD

Professor, Musculoskeletal Function and Physiotherapy and Center for Muscle and Joint Health, Department of Sports and Clinical Biomechanics at University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark

Kay Crossley PT, PhD

Professor and Director of the La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre, Melbourne, Australia

OPTIKNEE Members