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In general, when assessing patients with OA, the recommended assessments include pain, (physical) function, and patient global assessment.
Functional Assessments in OA Care

In This Issue

  • DEI Efforts of the 150+ Member Organizations of the OAAA
  • Osteoarthritis in the Media
  • Webinars
  • Resources for OA Researchers

There’s an AT for That

Athletic trainer working with clientAs culturally competent healthcare professionals, Athletic Trainers (ATs) are equipped to prevent, diagnose, and treat a variety of health issues, often providing necessary preemptive, emergency, and lifesaving care for all. ATs regularly work with patients with joint pain and can make a positive difference in the lives of people with osteoarthritis (OA) or at risk of developing OA.

The OA Action Alliance is proud to offer a variety of resources to support the work of ATs:

  • OACareTools: This online toolkit for healthcare providers and their patients contains resources on preventing and managing OA. In addition to 9 self-paced educational modules about OA, OACareTools also includes tools and resources on topics such as Guidelines for Managing OA, Functional Assessments, Evidence-based Programs, and Physical Activity for Arthritis.
  • Remain in the Game: A Joint Effort: This injury prevention training program was designed to help reduce the risk of injuries in athletes and help keep players in the game. The videos and workouts can be used by coaches and ATs to train their athletes using evidence-based exercises that increase players’ strength, balance, and flexibility, thereby reducing sport injuries and improving performance.
  • April 19 Lunch & Learn Webinar: We invite you to attend next week’s presentation by Jeffrey Driban, PhD, ATC, CSCS, on “Preventing OA After an Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury: An OA Action Alliance Consensus Statement.”
Injury in general teaches you to appreciate every moment. I’ve had my share of injuries throughout my career. It’s humbling. It gives you perspective. No matter how many times I’ve been hurt, I’ve learned from that injury and come back even more humble.
Troy Polamalu

DEI Efforts of the 150+ Member Organizations of the OAAA

In each newsletter, we will feature an OAAA member organization’s efforts in the area of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).

American Academy of Orthopaedic SurgeonsThe AAOS IDEA Grant Program™ is intended to provide resources for many types of DEI initiatives, such as those which: 

  • Support a diverse pipeline of individuals who choose to go into orthopaedics as a profession.
  • Foster diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives for community-based or academic orthopaedic surgeons.
  • Expand the availability of AAOS educational and networking opportunities to diverse students and practicing orthopaedic surgeons.

Osteoarthritis in the Media

The latest in news, policy, & practice on osteoarthritis

  • CreakyJoints: New poll shines light on exercise habits among those living with chronic illness (4/11/2023)
  • The Back Pain Podcast has posted a new podcast on the topic “Example Low Back Pain Case – Collaboration With The Sports Therapy Association” (4/6/2023)
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: Weekend warriors be wary of common bone and joint injuries from Spring clean-up (4/4/2023)
  • Arthritis Society Canada: 3 complementary therapies to try for arthritis relief (4/4/2023)
  • The Joint Action has posted a new podcast on the topic “Does osteoarthritis affect elite athletes?” (4/2/2023)
  • MDedge: Metabolic syndrome linked to knee pain in middle adulthood (3/31/2023)
  • OAAA Steering Committee member, Dr. Ali Mobasheri, discusses considerations and options on end-stage of OA disease (3/28/2023)
  • Nature: Chronic pain-The long road to discovery (3/28/2023)
  • Arthritis Society Canada: Is yoga for arthritis right for you? (3/27/2023)
  • Gillings School News: ‘Every little bit helps’-The broad benefits of getting active (3/22/2023)
  • The Biomechanics Method: Developing a pain-free mindset (3/21/2023)


4/19 Lunch & learn

Resources for OA Researchers

Click the button below to access our regularly updated list of Events and Conferences, Funding Opportunities, Webinars, and Announcements related to Osteoarthritis research. Remember to bookmark this website!

Events, Funding, and More

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