Knee Osteoarthritis: How Your Biology Can Help

Instructor: Prakash Jayabalan, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Audience:  Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Researchers

Description: With an aging population, osteoarthritis will become more common with significantly increasing costs to society over the next several decades. Osteoarthritis is often diagnosed radiographically, at which point the disease process is often more advanced and challenging to treat. The commonly available radiographic studies also do not adequately provide information as to the exact pain generator and findings often do not correlate either to patient symptoms or function. Personalized medicine involves formulating treatments based on a patient's own biology. The development of biological markers (biomarkers) relating to disease is a rapidly growing area within this field of medicine. For osteoarthritis, biomarkers have the potential to provide an early non-invasive method of assessing the location and severity of tissue damage and presence of inflammation. By outlining the mechanisms of disease they could allow the formulation of further treatment targets and through sub-categorizing patients into different groups based on their biomarker profile, one could provide more effective treatments for patients.
Objectives Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the biological changes that occur in knee osteoarthritis
  • Explain use of biomarkers in the diagnosis and management of the disease
  • Describe the relationship between physical activity and disease progression
  • Discuss the counseling/clinical aspects of managing a patient with knee osteoarthritis

Note: You will have 3 months from the date of purchase to complete and review the course material. You will receive a reminder email 2 weeks before the expiration date.

Continuing Education Credits

Physical Therapy

This course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 1 Contact Hours. Approval #216-000069

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education.  This course has been approved by the New York Physical Therapy Board for 1 Contact Hours. 

Basic Computer Requirements: You will need access to a computer with an Internet connection. High speed broadband access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended.

  • Web browser: Latest stable version of Apple Safari, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox
  • JavaScript and Cookies enabled
  • Do NOT use Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge as they are not supported.

    Cancellation Policy: To request a cancellation of an on-demand program, please provide written notice by letter, email, or fax or contact us by phone within 24 hours of placing your order and we will refund you the full course fee. If you cannot give notice within 24 hours, a credit towards a future course of equal value would apply.


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