Osteoporosis, a progressive and debilitating bone disease, afflicts millions across the globe, significantly increasing the risk of fractures and severely compromising quality of life. This comprehensive 8-hour course offers an in-depth exploration of the multifaceted nature of osteoporosis, arming healthcare professionals with the essential knowledge and skills to effectively diagnose, manage, and when appropriate, treatment for this complex condition.

Through a meticulously crafted combination of insightful lectures and real-world case studies, participants will gain a thorough and comprehensive understanding of the prevalence, risk factors, and underlying causes that contribute to the development of osteoporosis. The course delves into advanced diagnostic techniques, including bone densitometry, trabecular bone score analysis, FRAX assessment, and laboratory interpretations, enabling healthcare professionals to accurately evaluate and monitor bone health over time.

Participants will navigate the intricate web of osteoporosis treatment options, encompassing a wide range of medications, natural compounds, dietary interventions, and targeted exercise regimens. Through the exploration of real-world case studies, healthcare professionals will reinforce their ability to properly apply diagnostic tools and treatment strategies, ensuring a patient-centered approach that addresses the unique needs of each individual.

Upon completion of this course, participants will possess the ability to identify the multiple factors, diseases, and drugs that cause or contribute to osteoporosis. They will be equipped to explain imaging techniques for diagnosing and monitoring disease progression or treatment efficacy, as well as describe a systematic algorithm for assessment, diagnosis, secondary diagnostics, and treatment selection. Furthermore, participants will be able to summarize the spectrum of treatment options available to healthcare professionals, critically evaluate research supporting or refuting various treatment options, and understand topics tangential to, but associated with, osteoporosis.

This course is meticulously designed to be highly relevant to patient care and clinical practice, empowering healthcare professionals with the comprehensive and evidence-based knowledge necessary to provide effective management of osteoporosis, ultimately improving patient outcomes and quality of life.

Instructor: Dr. Alan Cook, DC

8 CE Hours (Part 1 = 4 CE Hours, Part 2 = 4 CE Hours)