A patient has just been diagnosed with osteoarthritis and is instructed to take an NSAID to manage pain and inflammation. Which of the following health care professionals should be consulted to help manage the patient's condition?

Physical therapist

Explanation

• A physical therapy regimen can help improve the patient's pain and mobility.

• A pain management nurse is not needed until the illness has progressed and cannot be managed with standard care.

• A respiratory therapist and social worker are generally not needed in the management of osteoarthritis.

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