Rheumatic Disease Specialist Rockville MD

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?

Janet Woodcock, MD
(301) 594-5400
Dir Center Drug Eval And Rsch 5600 Fishers Lane Hfd-1 Room,
Rockville, MD
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1977

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Madalene Komisar Greene, MD
(301) 594-7642
6120 Executive Blvd Rm EPS7022
Rockville, MD
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Miami Sch Of Med, Miami Fl 33101
Graduation Year: 1985

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Sahar Mary Dawisha, MD
301-594-3090 x196
14224 Briarwood Ter
Rockville, MD
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1987

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Evan Lloyd Siegel, MD
(202) 293-1470
9707 Medical Center Dr
Rockville, MD
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Boston Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02118
Graduation Year: 1984
Hospital
Hospital: Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Rockville, Md; Holy Cross Hospital Of Silver, Silver Spring, Md
Group Practice: Arthritis & Rheumatism Assoc

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Henry Roth, MD
(301) 816-5004
1801 E Jefferson St
Rockville, MD
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: New York Univ Sch Of Med, New York Ny 10016
Graduation Year: 1960
Hospital
Hospital: Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, Md; Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Rockville, Md
Group Practice: Hirsh Health Ctr

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Rosemarie Neuner, MD
(301) 827-2276
Div Otc Drug Prod 5600 Fishers Lane Hfd-560,
Rockville, MD
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Meharry Med Coll Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37208
Graduation Year: 1982

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Emma G Diiorio, MD
(202) 293-1470
9707 Medical Center Dr Ste 100
Rockville, MD
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Languages
Italian, Spanish
Education
Medical School: New York Univ Sch Of Med, New York Ny 10016
Graduation Year: 1987
Hospital
Hospital: Holy Cross Hospital Of Silver, Silver Spring, Md
Group Practice: Arthritis & Rheumatism Assoc

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Ivan Lim, MD
(301) 548-5785
1396 Piccard Dr
Rockville, MD
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Santo Tomas, Fac Of Med And Surg, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1981

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Margaret P Mitrane, MD
1401 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 1979

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Kazuki Takada, MD
Rockville, MD
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kyushu Univ, Fac Of Med, Higashiku, Fukuoka, Japan
Graduation Year: 1994

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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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