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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David Selwyn Sager, MD
(847) 298-8470
96 Lakeview Ter
Highland Park, IL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1973

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Majid Serushan, MD
(708) 747-9780
2555 Lincoln Hwy
Olympia Fields, IL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tabriz Univ, Fac Of Med, (Univ Of Azarabadegan) Tabriz, Iran
Graduation Year: 1973
Hospital
Hospital: Ingalls Mem Hosp, Harvey, Il; St James Hosp And Health Ctr -, Olympia Flds, Il
Group Practice: Horizon Health Care

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Herbert M Rubinstein, MD
(708) 386-3623
203 N Kenilworth Ave Apt 3H
Oak Park, IL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1951

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Nehemiah T Tan
(217) 876-6880
102 W Kenwood Ave
Decatur, IL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Frank A Ventimiglia
(815) 971-2000
2300 N Rockton Ave
Rockford, IL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Charles Edward Geringer, MD
(708) 709-9300
12230 S Arbor Trl
Palos Heights, IL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1979
Hospital
Hospital: St James Hosp And Health Ctr, Chicago Hts, Il; Christ Hosp And Med Ctr, Oak Lawn, Il; St James Hosp And Health Ctr -, Olympia Flds, Il; Palos Comm Hosp, Palos Heights, Il
Group Practice: Wellgroup Healthpartners

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Sydney Raphael Brandwein
(847) 318-2500
1775 Ballard Rd
Park Ridge, IL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Vaughn E Hanna, MD
(309) 671-8270
120 NE Glen Oak Ave
Peoria, IL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Southern Il Univ Sch Of Med, Springfield Il 62794
Graduation Year: 1989
Hospital
Hospital: Methodist Med Ctr Of Illinois, Peoria, Il; St Francis Med Ctr, Peoria, Il
Group Practice: Mid State Rheumatology Assoc

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Lynn D Meisles
(708) 450-5085
675 W North Ave
Melrose Park, IL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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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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