1. Assess the etiologies of different arthritic conditions and determine the underlying cause.
2. Evaluate the burden of disease of certain arthritic conditions in your practice, particularly those that are most prevalent among elderly patients.
3. Formulate appropriate treatment plans for patients with arthritis that encompass pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic approaches.
4. Refer patients for appropriate treatment to enhance their ability to regain movement of a joint andminimize long-term damage.
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