Osteoarthritis & Low Back Pain | EIM Online Module*
Osteoarthritis & Low Back Pain | EIM Online Module*

3 CECs


Osteoarthritis (OA) and low back pain are among the most common musculoskeletal conditions, causing years of disability. Unfortunately, individuals with these disorders often become sedentary to avoid pain, inadvertently worsening their existing condition and becoming more susceptible to inactivity-related diseases. 

This module, from the Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) Online Course, will help you to effectively aid clients/patients with osteoarthritis and/or low back pain. Learn how to modify each element of an exercise prescription based on the individual’s joint response, program goals and personal preferences. 

The module also includes demonstration videos covering strength, flexibility and balance exercises for those with OA and a helpful PDF document of the information presented. 

Learning objectives 

After completing this module, participants will be able to: 

  1. Explain the basic pathophysiology of OA and low back pain; 
  2. Paraphrase or describe to patients the purpose and benefits of being physically active based on their individual needs and condition; 
  3. Determine the appropriate dosage, frequency, intensity, time and type of physical activity needed to manage OA and low back pain and be able to communicate this to the patient and the health care team; 
  4. Describe how to individualize an exercise plan for clients/patients with OA or low back pain based on their response to exercise, personal considerations and potential contraindications; 
  5. Explain how commonly prescribed pharmacological agents may affect the individual’s response to exercise and how a change in activity could potentially interact with or affect responses to pharmaceutical interventions; and 
  6. Understand when to refer a client/patient back to their health care provider. 

Contributing Authors

Colleen Hergott, P.T., DPT, RCEP, is a board-certified specialist in geriatric physical therapy and certified exercise expert for aging adults. She is an associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Augusta University. 

Kirby Baloy, P.T., DPT, Ed.S., M.S., is a physical therapist and therapeutic pain specialist. He is an adjunct professor in the School of Health Sciences at the College of St. Scholastica and an instructor at the PTA program of Stanbridge University. 

Robyn Stuhr; M.A.; ACSM-CEP, RCEP; is vice president of EIM at the American College of Sports Medicine®, practiced in sports medicine and orthopedics for two decades, and previously collaborated with the Arthritis Foundation on exercise and OA education for personal trainers. 

Joseph Ihm, M.D., FACSM, is a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician at the University of Washington and a member of the EIM Clinical Practice Committee. He also has a subspecialty board certification in sports medicine and a Bachelor of Science in exercise physiology. 

Technology Requirements: 

  • Windows: Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)
  • Mac: Safari (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)
  • Mobile:?Safari in Apple iOS/iPadOS (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version) in Apple iOS/iPadOS (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version) in Android OS 6 or later

To earn your CEC, you will view the course content, pass the online exam (you must earn 80% or better to pass), and print your certificate of completion. All course content will be presented to you electronically upon completion of your purchase. ACSM will not offer refunds, transfers or course credits for not completing courses prior to their expiration date or for duplicate purchases. This course expires one year after purchase date.

ACSM does not allow substitutions, refunds or credits for this course.  

For questions related to your online CEC courses or purchases, email onlinelearning@acsm.org

Membership Discount 

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Discounted member price: 45.00
You could save 50.0%