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Patients often present with regional pain in a joint like the wrist, or a region such as the elbow and forearm. Others may present with a generalized polyarthritis affecting many joints. This session presents a clinical history and physical findings of three patients and discusses appropriate evaluation and management of these common disorders.


In this interactive discussion, a panel of experts will provide insights into the overall care of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in the primary care setting. They will specifically focus on strategies to improve diagnosis and assessment of SLE, as well as involve the patient in the decision-making process when it comes to treatment.

In this activity, Dr. Fan uses a case presentation to illustrate key aspects of assessing and managing rheumatoid arthritis. He also discusses diagnosis parameters and treatment options with a goal of remission for patients with early RA.


Gout: A Clinical Update

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The prevalence of gout has increased by 2-3 folds in the last 30 years and affects 8.3 million people in the U.S. It is the most common inflammatory arthritis in men. Gout is underdiagnosed and poorly managed with half a million patients at suboptimal urate lowering and suffering progressive symptoms. This talk will discuss diagnosis, differential diagnosis, pathogenesis, initial treatment of the inflammatory arthritis, and effective use of urate-lowering therapy. Newer and future treatments will also be reviewed and discussed.

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In this activity, Dr. Dumanian will discuss the pathophysiology and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome and provide with the know-how to diagnose this condition in patients. Dr. Dumanian will also outline various treatment options, both surgical and non-surgical for the management of carpal tunnel syndrome.


Dr. Crandall answers some frequently asked questions about osteoporosis diagnosis and treatment. She discusses the pros and cons of different diagnostic tests for osteoporosis and speaks on certain controversies regarding bone density monitoring and combination therapy.


Rheumatologic disease and other musculoskeletal conditions are the most common problems encountered in primary care. By using case examples, Dr. Fan demonstrates how to distinguish between inflammatory and non-inflammatory rheumatic disease by recognizing the pathophysiology of the condition. He also discusses the approaches for diagnosing rheumatologic condition and additionally, illustrates how to distinguish fibromyalgia from other rheumatologic conditions.

Controversies in Osteoporosis Prevention and Management

Dr. Crandall provides an evidence-based approach to controversies in osteoporosis screening and treatment, with emphasis on weighing risks and benefits of treatment. In this activity, current guidelines and recent key developments in the management of osteoporosis are reviewed.