Rheumatic Disease Specialist Columbia MD

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?

James R Bellor
(410) 964-6139
5450 Knoll North Dr
Columbia, MD
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Rajul Desai, MD
(443) 849-3760
6301 Daring Prince Way
Columbia, MD
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Med Coll, Baroda Univ, Baroda, Gujarat, India
Graduation Year: 1994

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Paul Alan Gertler, MD
(410) 992-7440
10217 Blandford Way
Ellicott City, MD
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Md Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21201
Graduation Year: 1978

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Charles Sanford Via, MD
Ellicott City, MD
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med, Charlottesville Va 22908
Graduation Year: 1973

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Dr.Stephen George
(410) 992-7440
4801 Dorsey Hall Dr # 226
Ellicott City, MD
Gender
M
Speciality
Rheumatologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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3.9, out of 5 based on 8, reviews.

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James Richard Bellor Jr, MD
(410) 964-5303
5450 Knoll North Dr
Columbia, MD
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1981
Hospital
Hospital: Howard County General Hospital, Columbia, Md
Group Practice: Patuxent Medical Group

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Meera Vedraj Sharma, MD
(570) 961-5808
6620 Corina Ct
Columbia, MD
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Grant Med Coll, Univ Of Bombay, Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1966

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Dr.Paul Gertler
(410) 992-7440
4801 Dorsey Hall Drive
Ellicott City, MD
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Md Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1978
Speciality
Rheumatologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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4.7, out of 5 based on 5, reviews.

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Chaim Bernard Mond, MD
(410) 992-7440
4801 Dorsey Hall Dr Ste 226
Ellicott City, MD
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: A Einstein Coll Of Med Of Yeshiva Univ, Bronx Ny 10461
Graduation Year: 1983

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Dr.THOMAS LANG
(410) 992-7440
4801 Dorsey Hall Drive #101
Ellicott City, MD
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M
Speciality
Rheumatologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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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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