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 Therapy Assistants, Researchers, Athletic Trainers
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
Continuing Education Credits
The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (BOC Approval #P794) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 1.0 Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.
This course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 1 Contact Hours. Approval #216-000069