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GERIATRICS - Osteoarthritis Update: Implications for the Aging Adult

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Osteoarthritis (OA) affects the individual and society. According to the Arthritis Foundation, in 2017 OA was the most common type of arthritis affecting more than 30.8 million people. Physical therapists improve mobility, educate patients, manage pain symptoms, and prepare for self-management of people living with OA. This Home Study Course will inform clinical diagnosis and physical management of osteoarthritic conditions affecting the extremities. We will discuss issues concerning pathoanatomy, biomechanics, clinical examination, and evidence informed interventions. The examination will follow the Patient Client Management Model using language housed in the International Classification of Function (ICF) framework. We will consider social determinants of health (SDoH) within the patient examination along with task analysis of movement. The Home Study Course will address differential diagnosis followed by a case example. The multiple-choice post-monograph questions will test reader’s knowledge.

Editor: Barbara Billek-Sawhney, PT, EdD, DPT

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this home study course, the course participant will be able to:

1. Describe the incidence and impact of osteoarthritis (OA).

2. Integrate the international classification of function (ICF) model and social determinants of health (SDOH) into the physical therapy examination as it relates to OA.

3. Diagnose pathological findings clinically and radiographically.

4. Discuss the movement system analysis as it relates to patients with OA.

5. Define primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention.

6. Integrate evidence informed practice into the clinical examination.

7. Utilize patient reported outcome measures, functional tests, and clinical examination tools to case scenarios.

8. Apply exercise principles from the american college of sports medicine and world health organization to people living with OA.

9. Synthesize examination findings relative to the management of OA.

Susan Wenker

PT, PhD, GCS Emeritus

Dr. Wenker received her BS at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and her Masters and PhD degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison through the School of Education. Dr. Wenker currently teaches the professional seminar series and foundational skills course in the UW-Madison DPT program. Additionally, she teaches the Credentialed Clinical Instructor Course, Advanced Credentialed Exercise Expert for Aging Adult course, is the Director of Education for APTA Geriatrics, and serves on multiple campus committees for teaching, leadership, and interprofessional programming. 

Colleen Cobey

PT, MS, Ex Phys

Colleen received her BS from Ohio University, her Masters in Exercise Physiology from Ohio University, and completed an orthopedic manual physical therapy residency at Kaiser Permanente. She currently teaches foundational skills courses in the UW-Madison DPT program and also has a clinical appointment at University Health Services.

Course Instructions

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  2. Click the Take Quiz button to complete the assessment. Learners will have 3 attempts to pass and must answer at least 70% of questions correctly.
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