Rheumatic Disease Specialist Athens AL

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?

Dyrc Frederick Sibrans, MD
(256) 355-3255
1215 7th St SE Ste 240
Decatur, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1964

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Dr.Sohrab Fallahi
(334) 284-3105
1421 Narrow Lane Pkwy
Montgomery, AL
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Teheran Univ, Fac Of Med, Teheran
Year of Graduation: 1970
Speciality
Rheumatologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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1.9, out of 5 based on 9, reviews.

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Thomas Corwin Mc Gee, MD
(251) 435-1200
1720 Spring Hill Ave Ste 100
Mobile, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of South Al Coll Of Med, Mobile Al 36688
Graduation Year: 1986
Hospital
Hospital: Mobile Infirmary Med Ctr, Mobile, Al; Springhill Memorial Hosp, Mobile, Al
Group Practice: Diagnostic & Medical Clinic

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Larry Wayne Moreland, MD
(205) 934-2130
1717 6th Ave S,
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wv Univ Sch Of Med, Morgantown Wv 26506
Graduation Year: 1983

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Robert M Phillips
(256) 551-6510
201 Sivley Rd Sw
Huntsville, AL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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John D Morgan Jr, MD
(205) 783-5151
701 Richard Scrushy Pkwypob 27
Fairfield, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Francisco, Sch Of Med, San Francisco Ca 94143
Graduation Year: 1980

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Thomas Gunther Wimmer, MD
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: St George'S Univ, Sch Of Med, St George'S, Grenada
Graduation Year: 1998

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Dr.Mary Altz-Smith
(205) 877-2551
2022 Brookwood Med Ctr Dr #211
Birmingham, AL
Gender
F
Speciality
Rheumatologist
General Information
Hospital: Brookwood
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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4.3, out of 5 based on 6, reviews.

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Dr.Edmund Lacour
(334) 794-1148
1118 Ross Clark Circle #100 Dothan
Dothan, AL
Gender
M
Speciality
Rheumatologist
General Information
Hospital: Medical Center
Online Appt Scheduling: Yes
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 3, reviews.

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William Julius Shergy
(256) 551-6510
201 Sivley Rd Sw
Huntsville, AL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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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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