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Shirley Angeles Albano, MD
Arlington Heights, IL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of The Philippines, Coll Of Med, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1994

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Nighat M Ahmad, MD
(513) 745-0592
1300 S Elmhurst Rd Apt 117
Mount Prospect, IL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Quaid-E-Azam Med Coll, Islamia Univ, Bahawalpur, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1979

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Glenn I Weiner, DO
(847) 364-0800
944 Saybrook Ln
Buffalo Grove, IL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Chicago Coll Of Osteo Med, Midwestern Univ, Chicago Il 60615
Graduation Year: 1974

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Prerana Panchal
(847) 545-9028
901 Biesterfield Rd
Elk Grove Village, IL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Ira L Melnicoff, DO
(847) 297-0709
9301 Golf Rd Ste 205
Des Plaines, IL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Chicago Coll Of Osteo Med, Midwestern Univ, Chicago Il 60615
Graduation Year: 1970
Hospital
Hospital: Holy Family Hosp, Des Plaines, Il; Lutheran Gen Hosp, Park Ridge, Il
Group Practice: North Suburban Rheumatologists

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Ladonna R Koziol
(847) 259-8550
1700 W Central Rd
Arlington Heights, IL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Rodney Tehrani, MD
(708) 216-4813
304 Viola Ln
Prospect Heights, IL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 1999

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Firoozeh Motamedi, MD
1931 N Meacham Rd
Schaumburg, IL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Shahid Beheshti Univ, Fac Med, Teheran, Iran
Graduation Year: 1992

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Dr.Prerana Panchal
(847) 545-9028
901 Biesterfield Road #209
Elk Grove Village, IL
Gender
F
Speciality
Rheumatologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
3.7, out of 5 based on 3, reviews.

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Thomas Danl Palella, MD
(708) 298-8470
150 N River Rd Ste 270
Des Plaines, IL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1977

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Update on Treatment of Elbow Arthritis

How do you know if that elbow stiffness, pain, and loss of motion you are having is arthritis? What causes elbow arthritis? What can be done about it? In this article, experts in the area of hand and upper extremity surgery review studies from the past five years and attempt to answer these questions.

The diagnosis of elbow symptoms begins with a patient history followed by a physical exam. The symptoms could be from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, infection, or some other problem. By identifying the location of pain and the aggravating/relieving factors, doctors can help narrow down the underlying cause.

For example, rheumatoid arthritis usually causes pain throughout the entire range-of-motion. The pain is more likely to be located along the outside edge of the joint. Osteoarthritis is more common among males involved in heavy lifting (e.g., manual laborers, weight lifters, throwing athletes). Osteoarthritic pain is more likely to be present at the beginning and ending of motion, rather than throughout the entire arc of motion.

Examination by the physician takes into account any skin changes, joint motion (quantity and quality), and blood work. Lab studies examining the blood can identify the presence of infection as a possible source of pain and stiffness.

Sometimes the clinical exam is said to be unremarkable. That means there weren't enough findings to point to anything specific. Then X-rays or other more advanced imaging studies can be ordered. X-ray findings do help identify the difference between rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. The X-rays may show the presence of bone spurs, narrowing of the joint margins, and the presence of any fractures, subluxations, or dislocations.

Once the diagnosis has been made, the doctor turns his or her attention to developing a plan of care that will prevent further complications or problems. If it looks like surgery might be necessary, CT scan and/or MRIs may be ordered.

Treatment is divided into two types: conservative (nonoperative) and surgery. Nonsurgical treatment usually begins with medications to control symptoms and prevent damage to the joint. For some patients, the use of antiinflammatory drugs and disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) can completely eliminate all signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

No matter what the cause of the problem is, activity modification, rest, and physical therapy are often recommended. Sometimes splinting is advised to help protect, support, and mobilize (move) the joint. If after three to six months of conservative care, there is no improvement (or the symptoms are worse), then surgery may be an option.

There are various types of surgical procedures to consider. Which one is selected depends on the patient's age, diagnosis, job demands, or sports participation. The selection of surgical procedures also takes into account the areas of the joint affected most (e.g., joint surface, capsule, synovium). The surgeon does e...

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