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  • New Tool for Managing Arthritis Focuses on Prevention and Management in Primary Care

    Nearly 1 in 4 adults in the United States has arthritis—some 54 million people, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chances are more than good that many of your patients and clients are among them. A new tool developed by the Osteoarthritis (OA) Action Alliance, the US Bone and Joint Initiative, and numerous experts in the field—including a representative from APTA—can expand your knowledge of OA. In addition to provider-facing information, the Osteoarthritis Prevention and Management in Primary Care Toolkit also includes patient handouts and resources that you can use to empower your patients and clients to engage in self-management strategies that complement your clinical care.

    October 12 is World Arthritis Day—spend some of it educating yourself on OA by visiting APTA's arthritis webpage, which links to the OA toolkit and other resources such as community-based programs that can extend the benefits of your treatment and help patients and clients maintain their movement and independence.


    • After 41 years as a pediatric PT I have arthritis in my hips and knees. I know what it is and what caused it, and I manage it without drugs or surgery. I have made adaptions but still live a full life. Yes, I have pain, but it doesn't define me or stop me. Having arthritis does not have to be a life altering problem, but just a fact.

      Posted by Janet Downey on 10/12/2019 8:26 PM

    • Thanks you Janet for the insight. It is inspiring when you mention that you do not let arthritis define or stop you. That is key in life and also when educating our patients into their condition.

      Posted by Ernesto G. on 10/17/2019 1:30 PM

    • Some good resources but I checked the clinical management section...no mention of physical therapy. MDs are still missing the boat. Direct to consumer education is the way to go.

      Posted by David Straight on 10/31/2019 12:48 PM

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