Rheumatic Disease Specialist Texarkana AR

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?

Jonathan F Thomas
(903) 614-3000
5002 Cowhorn Creek Rd
Texarkana, TX
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Himanshu R Patel, DO
(903) 838-5387
700 Sowell Ln Apt 1511
Texarkana, TX
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Western U Hlt Sci Col Osteo Med Of The Pacific, Pomona Ca 91766
Graduation Year: 1997

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Dr.Laura Trigg
(501) 227-8000
10001 Lile Drive
Little Rock, AR
Gender
F
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ar Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1981
Speciality
Rheumatologist
General Information
Hospital: Little Rock Diagnostic Center
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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3.3, out of 5 based on 3, reviews.

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Dr.Thomas Dykman
(479) 521-8200
3344 North Futrall Drive
Fayetteville, AR
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ar Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1977
Speciality
Rheumatologist
General Information
Hospital: Washington Regional Hospital
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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2.0, out of 5 based on 4, reviews.

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Thomas G Conley Jr, MD
9501 Lile Dr
Little Rock, AR
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Del Noreste, Esc De Med, Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1987

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Carolyn Ann Smith, MD
(903) 794-5516
3509 Pine St
Texarkana, TX
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Syracuse, Coll Of Med, Syracuse Ny 13210
Graduation Year: 1977
Hospital
Hospital: Diagnostic Center Hosp, Houston, Tx; Methodist Health Care System, Houston, Tx
Group Practice: Diagnostic Clinic Of Houston

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Andrew Staurt Koenig, DO
(479) 783-7233
2122 S W St
Fort Smith, AR
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Umdnj-Sch Of Osteo Med, Stratford Nj 08084
Graduation Year: 1996

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James W Logan
(501) 627-1800
100 Mcgowan Ct
Hot Springs, AR
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Spencer Glendas Plumley, MD
Hot Springs National Park, AR
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ar Coll Of Med, Little Rock Ar 72205
Graduation Year: 1994

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Anne Virginia Miller, MD
(479) 751-5305
804 N Highland Ave
Fayetteville, AR
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1977

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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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