Rheumatic Disease Specialist Statesboro GA

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?

Cornelia M Weyand
(404) 727-7310
1365 Clifton Rd Ne Bldg A
Atlanta, GA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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John J Morley
(912) 692-0609
5354 Reynolds St
Savannah, GA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Marta T Bognar, MD
(770) 536-0470
950 S Enota Dr NE Ste A
Gainesville, GA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Semmelweis Orvostudomanyi Egyetem (Peter Pazmany Univ), Budapest
Graduation Year: 1984

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James C Roberson, MD
1365 Clifton Rd NE
Atlanta, GA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Howard Univ Coll Of Med, Washington Dc 20059
Graduation Year: 1988

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Eon Nigel Harris, MD
75 Piedmont Ave NE Ste 700
Atlanta, GA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19104
Graduation Year: 1977

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Erick Bournigal
(912) 267-1026
1111 Glynco Pkwy
Brunswick, GA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Kelly O'Harra Weselman, MD
(770) 941-8100
3875 Austell Rd
Austell, GA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1996
Hospital
Hospital: Wellstar Cobb Hosp, Austell, Ga
Group Practice: Georgia Internal Medicine

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Jeffrey Steven Peller
(706) 295-5331
1825 Martha Berry Blvd Nw
Rome, GA
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Milton Fried Medical Clinic, PC
(770) 451-4857
4426 Tilly Mill Road
Atlanta, GA
Services
Other, Yeast Syndrome, Women's Health, Weight Management, Supplements, Substance Abuse, Sex Therapy, Rheumatology, Rehabilitation Therapy, Pulmonary Diseases, Psychosomatic Medicine, Psychiatry, Preventive Medicine, Physical Therapy, Pharmacology, Pain Management, Orthomolecular Medicine, Oncology, Nutrition, Neurology, Naturopathy, Men's Health, Internal Medicine, Immunology, Homeopathy, Herbal Medicine, Gynecology, Geriatrics, General Practice, Gastroenterology, Functional Medicine, Environmen
Membership Organizations
American Holistic Medical Association

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William C Tidmore
(229) 219-0247
2418 N Oak St
Valdosta, GA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, 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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