Rheumatic Disease Specialist Rock Falls 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?

Raheem Nazeer
(815) 625-4790
101 E Miller Rd
Sterling, IL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Nehemiah T Tan, MD
2499 N Monroe St
Decatur, IL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Far Eastern Univ, Dr N Reyes Med Fndn Inst Of Med, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1985

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Daniel G Torres Cruz, MD
(708) 763-2536
Erie At Austin
Oak Park, IL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Ponce Sch Of Med, Ponce Pr 00732
Graduation Year: 1990

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Michael Arthur Pick, MD
(217) 528-7541
1025 S 7th St
Springfield, IL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Southern Il Univ Sch Of Med, Springfield Il 62794
Graduation Year: 1976

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Lori Beth Siegel, MD
(708) 578-3291
3333 Green Bay Rd
North Chicago, IL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi, Milwaukee Wi 53226
Graduation Year: 1987

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Matthew Lee Mundwiler
(815) 398-9491
324 Roxbury Rd
Rockford, IL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Andrzej Michal Jasek, MD
(815) 971-7210
227 Foxfire Pl
Rockton, IL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Akademia Med W Warszawie, Warszawa, Poland
Graduation Year: 1985

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Joseph Charles Shanahan, MD
(205) 934-3584
701 Winthrop Ave
Glendale Heights, IL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Umdnj-Robt W Johnson Med Sch, New Brunswick Nj 08901
Graduation Year: 1997

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Dr.Albert Iammartino
(630) 268-0200
Ste 107, 1S224 Summit Ave
Villa Park, IL
Gender
M
Speciality
Rheumatologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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3.8, out of 5 based on 3, reviews.

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Vinod Kumar Soni, MD
(708) 448-0016
7530 W College Dr
Palos Heights, IL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: All India Inst Of Med Sci, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Graduation Year: 1974
Hospital
Hospital: Palos Comm Hosp, Palos Heights, Il

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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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