Rheumatic Disease Specialist Great Bend KS

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?

Stephen Anthony Ruhlman
(913) 888-3231
10550 Quivira St
Overland Park, KS
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Nancy Shields Nowlin, MD
(785) 840-2551
4609 Harvard Rd
Lawrence, KS
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1974

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Steen Erik Mortensen, MD
(316) 689-9565
3311 E Murdock St
Wichita, KS
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Odense Univ, Det Laegevidenskabelige, Odense, Denmark
Graduation Year: 1972

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Vijay Ramachandra Mhatre, MD
(785) 232-4248
6001 SW 6th Ave
Topeka, KS
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Languages
Hindi, Spanish, Gujarati, Other
Education
Medical School: Bj Med Coll, Univ Of Pune, Pune, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1974
Hospital
Hospital: St Francis Hosp & Med Ctr, Topeka, Ks; Stormont -Vail Healthcare, Topeka, Ks
Group Practice: Kansas Medical Clinic East

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Timothy S Shaver
(316) 612-4815
2450 N Woodlawn St
Wichita, KS
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Christopher D Koenig, MD
(706) 787-4154
12330 Metcalf Ave
Overland Park, KS
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1993

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Vivian A Illera
(316) 261-3170
848 N Saint Francis St
Wichita, KS
Specialty
Rheumatology

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J Douglas Gardner
(785) 354-9591
901 Sw Garfield Ave
Topeka, KS
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Richard Kenney, DO
(417) 781-2807
1 Med Center Cir
Pittsburg, KS
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kirksville Coll Of Osteo Med, Kirksville Mo 63501
Graduation Year: 1979

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Dr.Naveed Salahuddin
(620) 669-2500
2101 North Waldron Street
Hutchinson, KS
Gender
M
Speciality
Rheumatologist
General Information
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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