This presentation will provide an overview of the epidemiology and treatment of osteoarthritis (OA) and chronic OA pain. We will review the current understanding of chronic pain pathophysiology – the various mediators, their role in central and peripheral sensitization, and the nociceptive components of chronic OA pain. We will also examine current OA treatment guidelines and explore “multimodal” treatment options, with a focus on working with patients toward individual treatment goals, and the establishment of holistic management strategies for patients with chronic OA pain.

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Learning Objectives

Discuss the epidemiology, disease burden, and unmet needs in osteoarthritis and chronic osteoarthritis pain
Explore the role of peripheral and central sensitization in the development of chronic pain and the key mediators involved
Review current treatment approaches and recent clinical guidelines on improving comprehensive multidisciplinary care in osteoarthritis
Identify strategies for holistic management of patients with chronic osteoarthritis pain 


Tracey Mallick-Searle, RN, ANP-BC

Division of Pain Medicine, Stanford Health Care
Redwood City, CA 

Steven Stanos, DO

Swedish Health System Pain Medicine and Services
Seattle, WA