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Wayne D Piers, DO
1250 Forest Ave
Portland, ME
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mi State Univ, Coll Of Osteo Med, East Lansing Mi 48824
Graduation Year: 1990

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Michael W Becker
(207) 828-2100
33 Sewall St
Portland, ME
Specialty
Adult Reconstructive Orthopaedic Surgery

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Benjamin Hathaway Huffard
(207) 828-2100
33 Sewall St
Portland, ME
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

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Peter J Ameglio
(207) 553-6681
195 Fore River Parkway
Portland, ME
Specialty
Foot & Ankle Surgery

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Vincent N Oliviero, MD
(207) 774-2195
1601 Congress St
Portland, ME
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1967

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Omar D Crothers
(207) 828-2100
33 Sewall St
Portland, ME
Specialty
Adult Reconstructive Orthopaedic Surgery

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Robert B Keller
(207) 885-4479
49 Spring St
Scarborough, ME
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Wayne D Piers
(207) 797-0113
1250 Forest Avenue
Portland, ME
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Sean T Hanley
(207) 774-5113
1601 Congress St
Portland, ME
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery, Adult Reconstructive Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

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George M Babikian
(207) 828-2100
33 Sewall St
Portland, ME
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Arthritis

What Is Arthritis?

Arthritis means inflammation of the joints. Inflammation generally includes symptoms of redness, heat, swelling, and pain. Many different diseases can result in inflammation of the joints. Arthritis is therefore a general term that describes more than one hundred different diseases of the joints of your body.

In some types of arthritis, the cause of the disease is known, but in others it is still unknown. Some types of arthritis come on suddenly, and others develop slowly. Any joint can be affected, including your knees, hips, neck, shoulders, and fingers.

The diseases that cause arthritis can also attack muscle and connective tissue around joints. Some diseases may even damage other organs of the body, such as the kidneys, intestines, and heart. Because the diseases inflame the joints, most arthritic conditions and related diseases involve chronic (long-term) pain. Over time, they may cause increasing damage to the joints or soft tissues of your body.

Your joints are beautifully designed to minimize stress and damage while you move. Nearly all joints of the body are synovial joints. Most synovial joints occur where two bones come together and must rub against one another to allow motion. Smooth, slick articular cartilage covers the end of the bones so they don't rub together. Synovial fluid lubricates the joint. Around the joint, connective tissue forms a watertight sack that is called the joint capsule. Small, flu...

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