Osteoarthritis is the most common joint disorder in the United States and affects nearly 20 million people. The disorder primarily affects the large weight-bearing joints, such as the hip, knee, shoulder, cervical spine, ankle, and lumbar spine. The aim of pharmacotherapy for the treatment of OA is to relieve symptoms, reduce morbidity, prevent long-term complications, and improve quality of life. While drug therapy is important for controlling pain, nonpharmacological treatments are first-line recommendations for most patients with OA.
The goal of this osteoarthritis continuing education program is to provide pharmacists, pharmacy techs, fitness professionals, and other healthcare professionals with adequate information about the causes and presentation of OA, the types of pharmacological and nonpharmacological treatments available, and the role of surgery in its management. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- List at least three different medications used to alleviate the symptoms of OA
- Describe the role of nonpharmacological therapies in the treatment of OA
- Discuss the role of surgical procedures in the treatment of OA
This course is intended for multiple professions, including pharmacists, pharmacy techs, and fitness professionals.
Pharmacy techs: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
OnCourse Learning is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy (provider # 50-1489).
Type of Activity: Knowledge
Initial Release Date: 10/06/2016; Planned Expiration Date: 10/06/2019
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Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.
Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.
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