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Getting a Grip on Osteoarthritis

Getting a Grip on Osteoarthritis

The most prevalent form of arthritis, osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease), is a result of trauma to the joint, infection of the joint, damage from other inflammatory conditions (like rheumatoid arthritis or gout), or age. With osteoarthritis (OA) the cartilage erodes, eventually resulting in pain, stiffness, swelling, and bone-on-bone movement in the affected joint. Treatment generally involves a combination of exercise, lifestyle modification, and analgesics. Joint replacement surgery may be used to improve the quality of life. There is no cure for osteoarthritis; however, early diagnosis and appropriate management strategies can improve symptoms.

Osteoarthritis, being the most common form of arthritis, accounts for the vast majority of "joint pain" visits to health care providers. This Continuing Medical Education (CME)/Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program will aid in application of the arthritis clinical practice guidelines and support the development of strategies to improve communications/referral to health care providers and community resources. This module employs a case-based approach to learning wherein you will be presented with 3 "virtual patient" cases designed to simulate common clinical presentations of OA. Each case utilizes several interactive elements that encourage you to take clinical actions and receive immediate feedback from the virtual patient.

Initial funding for the development and evaluation of this program was provided by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Knowledge to Action Grant. Subsequent funding for ongoing updates and accreditation of the program was provided by The Arthritis Society of Canada.

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Getting a Grip on Osteoarthritis

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Expiry Date

This course expires on
Friday, July 31, 2020

Subject Matter Expert(s):

2019 Review/revisions:

  • Gordon Brock, MD, FCFP
  • Philip A. Baer MDCM, FRCPC, FACR
  • Christopher Yuen, BScOT, MSc, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Original module development:

  • Gordon Brock, MD
  • Joanne Homik, MD, MSc, FRCP(C)
  • Stewart Wright, MD, FRCSC
  • Lori Cyr, PT
  • Patrick Beriault, Kinesiologist
  • Wendy Soden, consumer


Planning Committee:

2019 Review/revisions:

  • Stephen Major, MD, CCFP, FCFP
  • John Stewart, MD, MCFP
  • Ken Stakiw, MD, CCFP, FCFP
  • Christopher Yuen, ACPAC, BScOT, MSc, OT Reg. (Ont.)
  • Bala Madhu O.T. Reg. (Ont.), ACPAC

Original module development:

  • Angelo Papachristos, BSc, BScPT,ACPAC,MBA
  • Becki Zerr, RN, BScN
  • Katherine Stringer, MBChB, CCFP
  • John Stewart, MD, MCFP
  • Ken Stakiw, MD, CCFP, FCFP