Rheumatic Disease Specialist Fairview Heights IL

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?

Edward P Rose
(618) 257-1490
4600 Memorial Drive
Belleville, IL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Linda E M Grismer, MD
(707) 423-3850
Belleville, IL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1994

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Rama Bandlamudi, MD
(314) 577-6070
1402 S Grand Blvd
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Guntur Med Coll, Univ Of Hlth Sci, Guntur, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1989

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Sonali Sharad Kamat, MD
(314) 268-5589
1221 S Grand Blvd
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Dr P D M Med Coll, Amravati, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1996

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Peri Hickman Pepmueller, MD
(314) 977-6195
1402 S Grand Blvd
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1986

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Edward Phillip Rose, MD
(618) 233-2820
4600 Memorial Dr
Belleville, IL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1971
Hospital
Hospital: Anderson Hosp, Maryville, Il; Memorial Hosp, Belleville, Il
Group Practice: Rose Medical Group

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Humayun M Beg
(618) 239-9690
4600 Memorial Dr
Belleville, IL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Terry Lynn Moore, MD
(314) 577-8467
1402 S Grand Blvd
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1972

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Amjad Roumany, MD
(314) 577-8000
1402 South Grand Boulevard Doisy Hall
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Aleppo, Fac Of Med, Aleppo, Syria
Graduation Year: 1988

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Mary Miller Kiehl, MD
(314) 367-9595
1 Barnes Jewish Hospital Plz
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Diego, Sch Of Med, La Jolla Ca 92093
Graduation Year: 1990

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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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