The Management of Knee Osteoarthritis - PT01

The Management of Knee Osteoarthritis

by David Vernier, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS and Jeffrey Larson, PT, ATC and Philip Tarrant and Mark Murphy and Jeff G. Konin, Jeff G. Konin, PhD, PT, ATC, FACSM, FNATA
(4.4 / 2648 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


All clinical, practicing physical therapists encounter patients with osteoarthritis of the knee or a potential for developing the disease. Osteoarthritis is the leading cause for disability in the general population of the United States. Arthritis of the knee alone afflicts more than 4 million people, and research shows that 14% of individuals aged between 40 and 79 described knee pain with disability on most days of the previous month. Because of the increase in life expectancy within most societies of the western world, the high prevalence of OA is expected to increase further in upcoming years. For example, the number of first-time total knee replacements is expected to skyrocket 673% to 3.48 billion by 2030. Physical therapy is among the treatment options for people who suffer from osteoarthritis and intends to prevent physical impairment and restore functional ability through the use of exercise, physical modalities and patient education.


The goal of this osteoarthritis (OA) continuing education program is to provide physical therapists with an overview of OA of the knee and evidence-based interventions that can diminish pain, enhance function, and, in some cases, prevent the need for total knee arthroplasty. When you complete this module, you will be able to:
  • Understand and discuss the epidemiology of OA of the knee
  • Discuss nonsurgical and surgical options for those with OA of the knee related to current evidence surrounding those options, including physical therapy treatment approaches
  • Discuss the relationship and benefits of weight management related to OA of the knee and how physical therapy intervention can assist in weight reduction

Approval Information
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by the NY State Education Department of Continuing Education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 10/21/2009 to 10/20/2021.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 and meets continuing competence requirements for PT and PTA licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of TX PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
As of 4/5/10, OnCourse Learning is recognized by The PT Board of CA as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of CA.
OnCourse Learning was approved as a provider of continuing education by The NC PT Association (provider no. 09-0215-001PR) from 3/8/2009 through 3/8/2010.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with The IL Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through 9/30/2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by the:
The OH PT Association (approval no. 07S1182, exp. date 10/12/08; approval no. 08S1261, exp. date 10/28/09; approval no. 09S1581 for 10/29/09 to 10/28/10; 11S0707 for 10/30/10 to 10/30/11; 11S1832 for 10/31/11 to 10/31/12; 12S1695 for 11/01/12 to 11/01/13; 13S1859 for 11/02/13 to 11/02/14; 14S1710 for 11/03/14 to 11/03/15; 15S2213 for 11/04/15 to 11/04/16; 16S2247 for 11/06/16 to 11/06/17).
The FL PT Association (approval no. CW80011568, exp. date 12/31/08; CM90013193 for 01/01/09 to 12/31/09; CM100015262 for 03/11/10 to 12/31/10; CM110017105 for 01/01/11 to 12/31/11; CM120417119 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12; CE130019607 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13, CE140022324 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CE150024024 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27114 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-518235 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-518235 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18) Approval of this course does not necessarily imply The FL PT Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The TX Board of PT Examiners (approval no. 42525A, expiration date 12/10/08; approval no. 44747A, expiration date 12/10/09).
The TN PT Association for Class 1 CE Requirement (approval no. 3748 for 05/09/11 to 05/08/12; 4382 for 05/09/12 to 05/08/13; 5122 for 05/09/13 to 05/08/14; 5686 for 05/09/14 to 05/08/15; 6150 for 05/09/15 to 05/08/16; 2016-156 for 05/09/16 to 05/08/17; 2017-210 for 05/09/2017 to 05/08/2018).
The PA Board of PT(approval no. PTCE002196 for 05/28/11 to 12/31/12; PTCE004143 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE006372 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE010218 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18).
The NJ Board of PT Examiners (approval no. 538-2007, exp. date 1/31/10; approval no. 291-2010 for 2/1/10 to 1/31/12; 120-2012 from 02/01/12 to 01/31/14; 362-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-352 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18).
This course has been approved by:
The MD State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 04/12/11 to 04/12/15; 2/13/2015 to 02/13/2019.
The NV State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 units of CE for 07/26/11 to 07/31/13; 07/31/13 to 07/31/15; 07/31/15 to 07/31/17; 11/29/17 to 7/31/19.
The IL Chapter CE Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of CE offerings established by The IL PT Association (approval no. 359-2673, exp. date 12/1/09; 437.3196 for 2/1/2010 to 2/1/2011; 437-3797 for 04/01/11 to 04/01/12; 437-4126 for 04/01/12 to 04/01/13, 437-4793 for 04/01/13 to 04/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the IL PT Act (section 13460.61) published by the IL Department of Professional Regulation, a PT or PTA applying for re-licensure in IL can earn a maximum of 50% of their required CE hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.
Please note: The Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Board has designated this educational activity to receive 1.0 contact hour in Category A and 0 contact hours in Category B toward recertification.

Course Originally Released on: 1/21/2008
Date of Most Recent Review: 4/23/2013
Course Termination/Update Date: 7/2/2021


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.

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Kristi K - austin, TX  ·  Nov 13, 2018
NIce overview of various types of knee replacements out there and areas to focus on for therapeutic rehab.
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Joshua B - NORTH ROYALTON, OH  ·  Nov 12, 2018
This course was informative and a good refresher for pt's and pta's.
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ELIZABETH A. B - RICHBORO, PA  ·  Nov 09, 2018
5 brief update on most current education
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Jocelyn B - Pottstown, PA  ·  Nov 08, 2018
Good overview of knee OA and treatment options.
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Paulette P - LORTON, VA  ·  Oct 30, 2018
There are two surprising things I learned: pharmacologic management of OA of the knee can result in patient fatalities, and there is disagreement about the efficacy of arthroscopic procedures for people with knee OA.
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Price: $19.00
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