Arthritis Day: Improving the Assessment and Treatment of Musculoskeletal Disorders

Do you know anybody living with arthritis? More than likely, your answer is yes. This chronic condition is highly prevalent in Canada, affecting over 4.6 million people of all ages. As time passes, numbers are only expected to increase; by 2036, an estimated 7.5 million Canadian adults will be affected. Given this information, it’s clear that addressing arthritis care options is more important now than ever. The 13th Annual Arthritis Day for Primary Care Clinicians aims to improve the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders and their comorbidities. These disorders will be approached with medical, surgical, and rehabilitative strategies. Hands-on small group workshops are a key component of the conference, giving participants the chance to enhance their clinical skills in a physical exam setting. This year’s workshops, which involve 1-hour sessions led by surgeons and physiotherapists, are focused on the foot and ankle, hip and knee, and shoulder. New focus areas for this year’s conference include shoulder and neck pain, biologics, and the skin manifestations of Rheumatic diseases; these topics were highly requested by last year’s participants. To further enrich learning, participants will also have the opportunity to take part in interactive Q & A sessions. Arthritis Day will be held on October 28, 2017, at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute in Toronto. Orthopaedic Surgeons, Physicians, Rheumatologists, Orthotists, Physical and Occupational Therapists, and Nurse Practitioners are encouraged to attend. For more information and to register, please visit www.cpd.utoronto.ca/arthritisday/.