Rheumatic Disease Specialist Cullman 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?

Warren D Blackburn
(256) 734-3202
408 Clark St Ne
Cullman, AL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Parks Winfield Pratt III, MD
(941) 794-6504
4300 W Main St Ste 102
Dothan, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1987

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John Michael Grelier, MD
(205) 933-0320
2145 Highland Ave S
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1968

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Michael L Granberry, MD
(251) 342-7621
3610 Springhill Memorial Dr N
Mobile, AL
Specialties
Orthopedics, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Languages
English, Spanish
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Branch Galveston, Galveston Tx 77550
Graduation Year: 1984
Hospital
Hospital: Usa Childrens And Womens Hosp, Mobile, Al; Mobile Infirmary Med Ctr, Mobile, Al; Springhill Memorial Hosp, Mobile, Al; Providence Hosp, Mobile, Al; Rotary Rehab Hosp, Mobile, Al
Group Practice: Alabama Orthopaedic Clinics

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Thomas Cookson Myers, MD
(251) 633-8880
6701 Airport Blvd Ste A101
Mobile, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1972

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Thomas Cookson Myers
(251) 633-8880
6701 Airport Blvd
Mobile, AL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Barri Jean Fessler, MD
(205) 934-2813
2000 6th Ave S
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Suny At Stony Brook Hlth Sci Ctr, Stony Brook Ny 11794
Graduation Year: 1988

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Dr.Prameela Goli
(205) 877-2552
2022 Brkwd Med Ctr Dr # 211
Birmingham, AL
Gender
F
Speciality
Rheumatologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Richard Edwin Jones III, MD
(205) 750-0030
100 Towncenter Blvd Ste 112
Tuscaloosa, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1994
Hospital
Hospital: D C H Reg Med Ctr, Tuscaloosa, Al; Northport Hosp -D C H, Northport, Al
Group Practice: Clinic For Rheumatic Diseases

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Dennis Wayne Boulware, MD
(205) 934-5678
2000 6th Ave S
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Hi John A Burns Sch Of Med, Honolulu Hi 96822
Graduation Year: 1978

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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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