The full OA Case Manager Certificate Program consists of 7 modules:
Module I: This module addresses the basics of osteoarthritis. In order to appreciate the pathophysiology of osteoarthritis we need to understand the importance of normal cartilage structure and function as well as looking at the joint as an organ. We are not going to treat just the articular cartilage; we are going to treat the entire joint. Having a thorough comprehension of the pathophysiology of osteoarthritis will help you understand the efficacy of the different treatments options.
Module II: Early identification of osteoarthritis is key to providing the best long-term care for patients in order to modify the progression of the disease. Unfortunately, the vast majority of patients are not properly identified until they have end-stage osteoarthritis. In this module you will expand your knowledge on how to assess and diagnose arthritis. You will receive tips on how to take patient histories. You will also identify clues that indicate a patient is suffering from this disease, including how to perform a thorough gait evaluation. We will also discuss how to determine if a treatment is having a beneficial effect by identifying and measuring outcomes.
Module III: Nonsteroidal osteoarthritic agents are still the mainstay of treatment. This module will explain how these agents work to modify pain, and we will thoroughly discuss the efficacy of each NSAID. We will also address other medications that can help manage pain, disease-modifying osteoarthritic agents, and steroids.
Module IV: This module covers the nutritional management of osteoarthritis, not only weight control in the obese patient, but also the role of omega-3 fatty acids and the evidence surrounding them. We will also discuss other nutritional supplements and their efficacy.
Module V: This module will focus on how to use exercises and manual therapy to treat osteorarthritis. Manual therapy techniques are used to improve tissue extensability and range of motion, promote relaxation, modulate pain, and reduce inflammation.
Module VI: As far as physical agents go, there are many tools at our disposal to treat the osteoarthritis, including: cryotherapy, low level lasers, extracorporeal shockwave treatment, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, therapeutic ultrasound, pulsed electromagnetic fields, and static medical magnets. In this module we will discuss the use and efficacy of each one so you can determine how best to treat your patients.
Module VII: In the final module of the course, we will be discussing additional treatments for osteoarthritis that may not fit in the categories already discussed. We will cover surgical treatments, other medical treatments, stem-cell therapy, and acupuncture. We will also look ahead at potential treatments that may prove to be effective in the future.
Modules are instructed by Darryl Millis, M.S., D.V.M., Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgeons, C.C.R.P. and Michelle Tilghman, D.V.M., C.V.A., C.C.R.P. co-instructs Module VII.
Participants are able to access the modules for a full year with the option to update access after that for a nominal fee.
The course emulates the classroom environment. The instructor appears on one side of the screen in full motion video, on the opposite site of the computer screen, the instructor’s slides and other visual aids are synchronized to the instructors presentation. Demonstrations and visual examples are delivered to participants in the comfort of the office, home or wherever one can connect to the internet.