Rheumatic Disease Specialist Jackson MI

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?

Lamberto Eugenio Eugenio, MD
(989) 791-4652
4700E McLeod Dr E Ste A
Saginaw, MI
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Santo Tomas, Fac Of Med And Surg, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1961

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Dr.Robert Ike
(734) 647-5900
1500 E Medical Center Dr #3918
Ann Arbor, MI
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Chicago, Pritzker Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1979
Speciality
Rheumatologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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James Douglas Birmingham
(616) 459-8088
1155 E Paris Ave Se
Grand Rapids, MI
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Joseph George Skender, MD
(248) 646-1965
32270 Telegraph Rd
Bingham Farms, MI
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1985
Hospital
Hospital: St Joseph Mercy Hosp, Pontiac, Mi; William Beaumont Hospital -Ro, Royal Oak, Mi
Group Practice: Oakland Arthritis Center

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Ghaida Khodher
(248) 844-1873
2970 Crooks Rd
Rochester Hills, MI
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Carol Ann Beals, MD
(517) 321-1525
4333 W St Joe Hwy
Lansing, MI
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Mi State Univ Coll Of Human Med, East Lansing Mi 48824
Graduation Year: 1976
Hospital
Hospital: E W Sparrow Hosp, Lansing, Mi
Group Practice: Physician Assoc Pc Ingham Regional Medical Center

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Timothy Jerome Laing, MD
1500 E Medical Center Dr
Ann Arbor, MI
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1981

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Joseph George Skender
(248) 646-1965
32270 Telegraph Rd
Bingham Farms, MI
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Bruce Kaplan
(248) 558-0242
22250 Providence Dr
Southfield, MI
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Mariana Julieta Kaplan, MD
(734) 936-5561
1500 E Medical Center Dr
Ann Arbor, MI
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Nacl Auto De Mexico, Fac De Med, Mexico Df, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1992

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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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