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Osteoarthritis

Learn about the most prevalent form of arthritis in the United States!

Estimates derived from representative samples indicate a prevalence of osteoarthritis of 12.1% in the U.S. population aged 24 to 75 years, and more than 55% in Americans older than 75 years of age. The overall prevalence of osteoarthritis has been increasing steadily as the elderly population increases and the epidemic of obesity continues unabated.

This course will allow you to understand the signs, symptoms and risk factors for Osteoarthritis as well as how to develop strategies to help your patients in dealing with the disease.

Osteoarthritis

How to know what to order? This course comes as a booklet with the course and test all in one so you are only paying to take the test.  If you would like to receive an electronic copy of the booklet/test then choose our PDF email option! Would you rather receive a hard copy in the mail? Then choose the book/test option. Email courses will take their test online while those that choose the hard copy can either mail their test back in the envelop we provide for grading OR take your test right online for immediate grading.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis
(book and test) Traditional Hardcopy

4 Hours     $35.00

Osteoarthritis
(PDF and test by email) Online Only

4 Hours     $35.00

Last reviewed: December 1, 2016
Expires: December 1, 2019

Osteoarthritis

About the Authors

John F. Kross, DDS, received his Doctor of Dental Medicine from Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia, PA. He completed a fellowship at Temple University Hospital in Oral Oncology and received a hospital appointment to the Department of Dentistry Medical Center of Delaware.

Dr. Kross's professional training and experience include practicing general dentistry in Wilmington, Delaware and New London, Pennsylvania, and instructing students at Delaware Technical and Community College in Oral Pathology.

Dr. Kross has been composing monographs, manuscripts, and continuing medical education documents for the past 15 years. He has received numerous academic awards for his work in oral surgery, fixed partial prosthodontics, periodontics, and endodontics.

Osteoarthritis

Course Objectives

When you complete this course, you will take a written or online test that measures your ability to identify:

  1. Signs, symptoms and the natural history of osteoarthritis.
  2. The public health and personal burdens associated with osteoarthritis.
  3. Risk factors for osteoarthritis.
  4. Pathophysiologic mechanisms underlying osteoarthritis.
  5. Diagnostic approaches in osteoarthritis.
  6. Non-pharmacologic options for the treatment of osteoarthritis.
  7. Strategies for pharmacologic management of patients with osteoarthritis.
  8. Current research in osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis

Table of Contents

When you complete this course, you will take a written or online test that measures your ability to identify:

Chapter 1. Characteristics of Osteoarthritis
Chapter 2. Risk Factors
Chapter 3. The Burden of Osteoarthritis
Chapter 4. Pathophysiology and Etiology
Chapter 5. Diagnosis
Chapter 6. Non-pharmacologic Management
Chapter 7. Pharmacologic Management
Chapter 8. Current Research
Chapter 9. Conclusion

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Table of Contents

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease characterized by joint pain, stiffness, mechanical joint failure, and varying degrees of reduced joint function caused by a progressive and irreversible loss of articular cartilage. Also known as degen-erative arthritis, hypertrophic arthritis, or age-related arthritis, osteoarthritis has a multifactorial etiology involving dynamic biomechanical, biochemical, and cellular processes induced by metabolic, mechanical, genetic, and other factors.[1,2,3,4]

Instead of one uniform disease, osteoarthritis may be a primary or idiopathic phenomenon or secondary to some other disorder. For example, osteoarthritis may be present in some patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

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