Rheumatic Disease Specialist Ames IA

Arthritis. The very word conjures up images of Grandma's gnarled knuckles and stiff fingers. Serious joint pain reserved for little old ladies and retired professional athletes. But osteoarthritis (OA) can appear at any age. What can you do about it?

Dr.DAVID Gerbracht
(515) 239-4775
1015 Duff Avenue
Ames, IA
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M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pittsburgh Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1976
Speciality
Rheumatologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Bruce Sidney Hong, MD
(414) 466-4664
PO Box 3014
Ames, IA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Hi John A Burns Sch Of Med, Honolulu Hi 96822
Graduation Year: 1979

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John S Cowdery
(319) 339-7102
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Sunita Kammila Penmatcha
(563) 359-4440
3740 Utica Ridge Rd
Bettendorf, IA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Dr.George Isaac
(563) 583-4848
2140 John F Kennedy Rd # B
Dubuque, IA
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Damascus, Fac Of Med, Damascus
Year of Graduation: 1983
Speciality
Rheumatologist
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Hospital: Finley Hosp, Dubuque, Ia
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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1.0, out of 5 based on 3, reviews.

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David Donald Gerbracht, MD
(515) 239-4775
2110 Fillmore Ave
Ames, IA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pittsburgh Sch Of Med, Pittsburgh Pa 15261
Graduation Year: 1976

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David D Gerbracht
(515) 239-4775
1015 Duff Ave
Ames, IA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Richard Bruce Trimble, MD
(515) 421-5681
1038 Fair Meadow Dr
Mason City, IA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1966
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Hospital: North Iowa Mercy Health Center, Mason City, Ia

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Polly J Ferguson
(319) 356-1608
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Debendra Nath Pattanaik, MD
(515) 574-6080
715 8th Ave N
Fort Dodge, IA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Scb Med Coll, Utkal Univ, Cuttak, Orissa, India
Graduation Year: 1991

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Move Through Arthritis

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By Jennifer Lang

Every morning, Angie steps onto her yoga mat and struggles to push herself into Downward-Facing Dog. Three breaths later—on a good day—she comes down and rests in Child’s Pose, rolling her wrists and flexing her fingers. Angie, at 32 years old, has osteoarthritis in her hands and her hips. But in spite of the pain, she says yoga actually makes her feel better.

Arthritis. The very word conjures up images of Grandma’s gnarled knuckles and stiff fingers. Serious joint pain reserved for little old ladies and retired professional athletes. But osteoarthritis (OA) can appear at any age. Genetics definitely play a role (they did for Angie), but if you have a history of being overweight, inactive, overactive, or injury prone, your odds increase dramatically. In fact, Patience H. White, MD, chief public health officer for the Arthritis Foundation in Washington, DC, believes arthritis will begin to affect a much younger generation in the coming years. “As much as 65 percent of the population is already overweight or obese—a big risk factor,” she says. “Every pound you gain is like four extra pounds bearing down on your knees.” If you lose 10 to 15 pounds, according to White, the pain of OA can be reduced by 50 percent. Sure, losing weight is hard, but if shedding a few pounds can help alleviate the pain without the side effects of painkillers, why not give it a try? “Plus, achieving a healthy weight can help prevent the progression of the disease,” says White.

The truth about OA
Osteoarthritis, classified as a rheumatic disease, joins more than 100 other conditions under the umbrella term arthritis, and they all affect the joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. The two other common forms include rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease associated with inflammation, and gout, which stems from metabolic abnormalities. Researchers used to describe OA as a wear-and-tear condition in which the cartilage around the joint begins to break down from mechanical stress. But, says White, “we now know that low-grade inflammation accompanies the wearing away of the cartilage, which is further hastened by risk factors like weight and lifestyle.”

What does this mean exactly? When you have arthritis, the cartilage that cushions the ends of the bones has deteriorated and lost elasticity. Because cartilage doesn’t have its own blood supply, it feeds off the joints’ natural lubricant, called synovial fluid, which carries nutrients and waste into and out of the area. The more the joints move, the more fluid flows through them, making movement easier; the less the joints move for whatever reason (age, inactivity, or injury), the less fluid flows and the more the cartilage deteriorates, causing the bones to rub against one another, says White. The end result can be stiffness, pain, loss of joint mobility, and eventual disability.

Get moving
When you feel tired and achy, working out is probably not high on your to-do list, but ...

Author: Jennifer Lang

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