Clinical Brief: Orthopedic Pain Management

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APEA Clinical Briefs deliver continuing education through a concise article framed around a case example. Each Clinical Brief begins with a description of a patient presentation and its associated subjective and objective findings. The Clinical Brief then outlines the decision making process related to the patient presentation, including the diagnostic studies and differential diagnoses to consider. It provides details on the diagnosis, including etiology, incidence, risk factors, and evidence-based management choices. Each Clinical Brief concludes with a plan of care for the patient described in the CE offering, and it incorporates pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments. To earn contact hours, answer the follow-up questions and complete the course evaluation. This Clinical Brief is eligible for 1.5 pharmacology contact hours.


Written article accessible for 12 months from date of purchase.

5 Simple Steps to Contact Hours: Place your order. Receive a welcome email. Read. Complete the brief posttest and evaluation. Print your certificate. It’s that easy!


At the conclusion of this CE activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the presenting symptoms associated with common orthopedic conditions.
  • State the appropriate diagnostic testing for a presentation of suspected orthopedic injury.
  • Discuss the management of pain associated with common orthopedic conditions.
  • Identify appropriate pharmacologic treatments for the management of pain associated with orthopedic conditions.


1.5 contact hours (including 1.5 Pharmacology contact hours)


November 2019; reviewed and renewed October 2020


Advanced Practice Education Associates (APEA) is accredited by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing education. Program ID#2019-11-01P. Provider number 100820.

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