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By determining the target of inflammation in the joint and the distribution of affected joints, a clinician can distinguish among non-inflammatory arthritis (osteoarthritis), other non-inflammatory rheumatic conditions (like fibromyalgia), and inflammatory conditions such as inflammatory synovitis (rheumatoid arthritis) and inflammatory enthesitis (ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis). Please note that any data, indications, and guidelines presented in this activity are current as of the recording/release on February 8, 2020, and they are subject to change as new information is published.

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Learn the latest on the diagnosis and treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis, including the latest guidelines regarding initial choice of agents, as well as duration and sequential use of drugs.


A case of a woman with early symptoms of joint pains is presented and discussed as to what clinical, laboratory, imaging, and physical features will guide us to identify and distinguish between RA, psoriatic arthritis, SLE, and fibromyalgia. The key historical and clinical findings that distinguish these diseases are presented and the proper interpretation of imaging and tests like the ANA are reviewed.


Axial spondyloarthritis/ankylosing spondylitis (axSpA/AS) imparts a significant burden on patients and caretakers. It negatively affects not only patient well-being and quality of life but also productivity during the prime of patients’ working lives. PCPs at the frontlines of care for patients with back pain are ideally positioned to identify individuals who may be suffering from axSpA/AS. Identification relies on a thorough understanding of the disease and its characteristics in addition to a high index of suspicion. This education will help PCPs to shorten the delay between symptom presentation and diagnosis and to improve rates of referral to rheumatology for diagnostic evaluation and confirmation.

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Through three case presentations, Dr. Fan will discuss how the clinical history, physical examination, and specific laboratory and imaging studies allow you to diagnose a patient with a degenerative or inflammatory arthritis. Learn when aspiration of a joint is required and how monoarthritis should be evaluated.


A patient presents with joint pains. How should we approach the history, physical examination, laboratory tests, and imaging studies to arrive at a correct diagnosis? The discussion points out how to differentiate between rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, lupus and fibromyalgia to correctly diagnose these conditions.


Get your questions answered by expert faculty in Rheumatology. You ask: we listen. You will learn practical solutions to common clinical challenges and tips to apply the latest knowledge in practice. Please note that any data, indications, and guidelines presented in this activity are current as of the recording/release on February 8, 2020, and they are subject to change as new information is published.

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Updates in Psoriatic Disease for Primary Care

A Case-Based Review

0.50 CME/MOC
0.56 AANP | 0.28 Pharmacology

Many patients with psoriatic disease go underdiagnosed and undertreated, potentially leading to debilitating emotional and physical ramifications. Don’t let your patients be part of this group. Get the knowledge you need to accurately identify all forms of psoriatic disease and properly treat patients with newer—and potentially more effective—therapies. This brief expert-led session arms you with guideline recommendations and key insights to help you confidently manage this progressive illness through all its forms and phases. Importantly, you’ll learn when a referral is appropriate in your patient with psoriatic disease.


Curcumin for Osteoarthritis - Frankly Speaking EP 216

Guest: Alan M. Ehrlich, MD, FAAFPMusic Credit: Richard Onorato

0.25 CME

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a very common problem seen in the primary care setting, but pharmacologic treatments do not alter the course of the disease and they are often associated with side effects or contraindicated in many older patients. Curcumin is an herbal treatment that has been shown to be effective for treating symptoms of OA. Join us for this episode as we discuss the evidence for curcumin in treating OA, and how to counsel patients on its use.


Recommendations for the Treatment of Gout - Frankly Speaking EP 257

Guest: Jillian Joseph, MSPAS, PA-CMusic Credit: Richard Onorato

0.25 CME

Gout is a common condition seen in primary care, and the incidence and prevalence continue to rise. Despite previous recommendations from the American College of Rheumatology, urate-lowering therapy is still underused. Listen to this episode for a concise overview of the American College of Rheumatology’s updates for the management of gout and walk away with a clear understanding of the first-line treatment options for acute gout flares.