Around the Rheum

Around the Rheum

Episode 23 Ask the Expert - Osteoarthritis (OA) Part 2: Treating OA with Dr Tom Appleton

June 30, 2022

In this fascinating second part of our ATR conversation about osteoarthritis (OA), Dan and Janet engage with Western University's Dr. Tom Appleton on both the traditional and more groundbreaking ways to treat OA. These include pharmacological management options like steroid, hyaluronic acid, PRP, dextrose, and stem cell injections and disease-modifying osteoarthritis drugs (DMOADs) and non-pharmacological treatments, including physical therapy, exercise, and surgical options.


-Dr. Tom Appleton is a rheumatologist at St. Joseph’s Health Care in London Ontario, and a Clinician-Scientist and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Western University, where his research focus is Osteoarthritis.

-Dr. Janet Pope is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology at the University of Western Ontario, Schulich School of Medicine, London, Ontario. She is also the Division Head in Rheumatology at St. Joseph's Health Centre in London. 

-Dr. Daniel Ennis is a Rheumatologist and Vasculitis Specialist at the University of British Columbia.

Special Thanks:Around the Rheum is produced by the Canadian Rheumatology Association's Communications Committee.

A special thank you to the podcast team, Dr. Dax G. Rumsey (CRA Communications Committee Chair), Dr. Daniel Ennis (Host), David McGuffin (Producer, Explore Podcast Productions), Kevin Baijnauth and Leslie Ishimwe (Marketing and Communications Director, CRA) for leading production.

Our theme music was composed by Aaron Fontwell.

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