Rheumatic Disease Specialist Ardmore OK

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?

Thomas B Leahey, DO
(580) 226-2202
1505 N Commerce St Ste 202
Ardmore, OK
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of N Tx Hlth Sci Ctr, Tx Coll Osteo Med, Ft Worth Tx 76107
Graduation Year: 1984

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Lawrence A Jacobs, MD
(918) 491-9007
5555 E 71st St Ste 7100
Tulsa, OK
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1969
Hospital
Hospital: St John Med Ctr, Tulsa, Ok; St Francis Hospital, Tulsa, Ok
Group Practice: Rheumatology Associates

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Petrina Joslin
(918) 683-0753
350 S 40th St
Muskogee, OK
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Leslie Staudt, MD
(405) 271-6655
825 NE 10th St # OUPB4300
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: U Of Tx Med Sch At Houston, Houston Tx 77225
Graduation Year: 1985

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Larry Grant Willis, MD
(405) 232-0341
1110 N Lee Ave
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1974
Hospital
Hospital: Bone & Joint Hosp, Oklahoma City, Ok; Presbyterian Hospital, Oklahoma City, Ok; Veterans Affairs Med Ctr, Oklahoma City, Ok
Group Practice: Mc Bride Clinic Inc

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Thomas B Leahey
(580) 226-2202
1505 N Commerce St Ste 202
Ardmore, OK
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Pedro Abimael Gismondi, MD
(405) 945-5200
3330 NW 56th St Ste 500
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1971
Hospital
Hospital: Integris Baptist Med Ctr, Oklahoma City, Ok
Group Practice: Primary Care Partners Of Ok

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Raul Romea
(405) 631-4263
1044 Sw 44th St
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Ana I Quintero, MD
(405) 271-6655
825 NE 13th St
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ De Ciencias Med San Juan Bautista, Hato Rey Pr 00917
Graduation Year: 1989
Hospital
Hospital: Childrens Hosp Of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Ok
Group Practice: Department Of Medicine Univ Of Ok Health Sciences Ctr; Ou Physicians

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Pallavi Nandeeshwar, MD
(580) 298-3351
1201 E Jackson St
Hugo, OK
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Bangalore Med Coll, Bangalore Univ, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Graduation Year: 1992

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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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