Rheumatic Disease Specialist Jefferson City MO

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?

Karen H Rice, MD
(314) 634-2620
1505 Southwest Blvd
Jefferson City, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: St Marys Health Center, Jefferson Cty, Mo; Capital Reg Med Ctr, Jefferson Cty, Mo
Group Practice: Capital City Medical Assoc

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Stephen D Sides
(573) 635-5264
1241 W Stadium Blvd
Jefferson City, MO
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Imelda V P Cabalar, MD
(212) 523-5678
100 Medical Dr
Hannibal, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of The Philippines, Coll Of Med, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1992
Hospital
Hospital: Arden Hill Hosp, Goshen, Ny

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Stephen D Armstrong
(417) 875-3462
1001 E Primrose St
Springfield, MO
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Stephen Destan Sides, DO
(573) 331-3100
3250 Gordonville Rd Ste 301
Cape Girardeau, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kirksville Coll Of Osteo Med, Kirksville Mo 63501
Graduation Year: 1998

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Karen Rice
(573) 634-2620
1505 Southwest Blvd
Jefferson City, MO
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Dr.Karen Rice
(573) 634-2620
1505 Southwest Boulevard
Jefferson City, MO
Gender
F
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1982
Speciality
Rheumatologist
General Information
Hospital: St Marys Health Center, Jefferson Cty, Mo
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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1.5, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Sanjay Ghosh, MD
(636) 390-2288
1080 Caroline Dr Ste 200
Washington, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1988
Hospital
Hospital: Missouri Baptist Hospital -Su, Sullivan, Mo; St Johns Mercy Med Ctr, Saint Louis, Mo
Group Practice: Arthritis-Internal Med & Pain

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Dr.Mark Jarek
(417) 348-8254
1001 East Primrose Street
Springfield, MO
Gender
M
Speciality
Rheumatologist
General Information
Hospital: Cox
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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3.9, out of 5 based on 7, reviews.

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William Semple Irvin, MD
(573) 874-3300
401 N Keene St
Columbia, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Stanford Univ Sch Of Med, Stanford Ca 94305
Graduation Year: 1961

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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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