Rheumatic Disease Specialist Auburn 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?

Adahli Estrada Massey
(334) 501-4424
1536 Professional Pkwy
Auburn, AL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Dr.Adahli Massey
(334) 501-4424
1536 Professional Parkway
Auburn, AL
Gender
F
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Rheumatologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Christopher Denman Adams
(334) 749-8303
121 North 20th Street # 18
Opelika, AL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Graciela Solis Alarcon, MD
(205) 934-1443
510 20th St S
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Prog Acad De Med, Lima, Peru
Graduation Year: 1967
Hospital
Hospital: University Of Alabama Hosp, Birmingham, Al
Group Practice: Uab Rheumatology & Arthritis

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Vijayanarayana Rao Jampala
(256) 880-4077
400 Whitesport Dr Sw Ste 104
Huntsville, AL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Adahli Estrada, MD
(334) 745-5552
1536 Professional Pkwy
Auburn, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pr Sch Of Med, San Juan Pr 00936
Graduation Year: 1990

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Christopher D Adams, MD
(334) 749-8303
PO Box 2125
Opelika, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1981
Hospital
Hospital: East Alabama Med Ctr, Opelika, Al
Group Practice: Orthopaedic Clinic-East Al

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John Martin Mc Mahon, MD
205-783-3419 x0
106 Waverly Cir
Bessemer, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1940
Hospital
Hospital: Baptist Princeton Med Ctr, Birmingham, Al

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Guy Bryan DeWees
(205) 250-8100
1528 Carraway Blvd
Birmingham, AL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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David Andrew Mc Lain, MD
(205) 877-2555
2022 Brookwood Medical Ctr Dr
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1974
Hospital
Hospital: Brookwood Med Ctr, Birmingham, Al
Group Practice: Birmingham 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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