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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?

Daniel Arthur Watrous, MD
(559) 732-9900
5315 W Hillsdale Ave
Visalia, CA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Oral Roberts Univ Sch Of Med, Tulsa Ok 74137
Graduation Year: 1984

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Charles H Boniske
(559) 732-1648
5319 W Hillsdale Ave
Visalia, CA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Nancy F Godfrey MD
(562) 496-0546
6226 E Spring St
Long Beach, CA
Specialties
Rheumatology

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Bevra Y Hannahs Hahn, MD
(310) 301-8600
1000 Veteran Ave
Los Angeles, CA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1964

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David Lee
(909) 353-2000
10800 Magnolia Ave
Riverside, CA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Charles H Boniske, MD
(559) 732-1648
5319 W Hillsdale Ave
Visalia, CA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Miami Sch Of Med, Miami Fl 33101
Graduation Year: 1979

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Richard M Hollcraft, MD
(626) 943-3280
207 S Santa Anita Ave
San Gabriel, CA
Business
Facey Medical Group San Gabriel
Specialties
Rheumatology

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Helen Kass Kornreich, MD
(970) 927-4847
73 Blue River Dr
Palm Desert, CA
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Hahnemann Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19102
Graduation Year: 1956

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Alan Walter Weinberger, MD
(310) 426-4888
8631 W 3rd St Ste 540-E
Los Angeles, CA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology, Nuclear Medicine
Gender
Male
Languages
Persian (Farsi), Spanish, Tagalog, Russian
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Los Angeles, Ucla Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90024
Graduation Year: 1975
Hospital
Hospital: Cedars Sinai Med Ctr, W Hollywood, Ca

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Natalya Zernova Warner, MD
600 Coffee Rd
Modesto, CA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Crimea Med Inst, Simferopol, Ukraine
Graduation Year: 1994

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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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