Rheumatic Disease Specialist Dahlonega GA

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?

Marta T Bognar, MD
(770) 536-0470
950 S Enota Dr NE Ste A
Gainesville, GA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Semmelweis Orvostudomanyi Egyetem (Peter Pazmany Univ), Budapest
Graduation Year: 1984

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Tracy L Lovell
(770) 536-9864
1240 Jesse Jewell Pkwy Se
Gainesville, GA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Ezra Sharon, MD
(713) 927-3523
1541 Briarvista Way NE
Atlanta, GA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: The Hebrew Univ, Hadassah Med Sch, Jerusalem, Israel
Graduation Year: 1967

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John Edward Ervin, MD
(816) 943-0706
1429 Oglethorpe St
Macon, GA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1974

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Dr.Charles Galea
(912) 283-2120
2015 Alice Street
Waycross, GA
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M
Speciality
Rheumatologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Brent A Flickinger
(770) 531-3711
961 Smoky Mountain Springs Lane Ne
Gainesville, GA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Sylvia T Dold
(770) 536-9864
1240 Jesse Jewell Pkwy Se
Gainesville, GA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Dr.Theresa Lawrence
(770) 822-1090
600 Professional Dr # 260
Lawrenceville, GA
Gender
F
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1978
Speciality
Rheumatologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Theresa A b Lawrence-Ford
(770) 822-1090
600 Professional Dr
Lawrenceville, GA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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James Laurence Baker, MD
Evans, GA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Sc Sch Of Med, Columbia Sc 29208
Graduation Year: 1997

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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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