More than half of US adults report having a musculoskeletal condition – a rate greater than those with chronic circulatory conditions.
However, most primary care clinicians lack adequate preparation to effectively treat common ailments such as neck and low back pain, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and repetitive stress injuries.
Course creators AJ Benham, DNP, and Kathleen Geier, DNP, are core faculty for the OPC program, and there are occasional presentations by select content area experts. Between them, Drs. Benham and Geier have more than 60 years of orthopedic practice and teaching experience in a variety of settings including acute care, orthopedic clinics, occupational medicine clinics, and surgery. Drs. Benham and Geier hold certifications as family nurse practitioners and also have been certified by the Orthopedic Nurses Certification Board.
We define Orthopedic Primary Care (OPC) as first-line care for musculoskeletal conditions. This includes prevention, assessment/diagnosis, patient education, conservative care coordination, surgical referral, and chronic disease management.
Enhancing your expertise in the treatment of non-surgical orthopedic conditions will increase your value to both patients and employers by improving your ability to provide expert musculoskeletal care in a variety of clinical settings including family health practices, urgent care clinics, occupational health centers, retail clinics, and geriatric centers.
Jackson Orthopedic Foundation
400 30th Street, Suite 102
Oakland, CA 94609