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Stephen Gerard Gelfand, MD
(229) 889-7070
2401 Hunters Trl
Myrtle Beach, SC
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Albany Med Coll, Albany Ny 12208
Graduation Year: 1968

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Melissa Joan Terchek
(843) 692-0968
8220 Nigels Dr
Myrtle Beach, SC
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Wendy W Lee
(843) 692-0968
8220 Nigels Dr
Myrtle Beach, SC
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Wendy Wangling Lee, MD
(843) 692-0968
909 Medical Cir
Myrtle Beach, SC
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of The East, Ramon Magsaysay Mem Med Ctr, Quezon City
Graduation Year: 1989
Hospital
Hospital: Georgetown Memorial Hospital, Georgetown, Sc; Grand Strand Reg Med Ctr, Myrtle Beach, Sc
Group Practice: Carolina Rheumatology Assoc

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Dr.John T Hicks
(864) 953-8002
303 W Alexander Ave
Greenwood, SC
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Columbia Univ Coll Of Physicians And Surgeons
Year of Graduation: 1972
Speciality
Rheumatologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Douglas Camden Conaway, MD
(843) 497-8896
5718 Porcher Dr
Myrtle Beach, SC
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1975

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Dr.Mitch Twining
(843) 692-0968
909 Medical Circle
Myrtle Beach, SC
Gender
M
Speciality
Rheumatologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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3.3, out of 5 based on 6, reviews.

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Douglas Conaway
(843) 497-5929
945 82nd Pkwy
Myrtle Beach, SC
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Melissa Joan Terchek, MD
909 Medical Cir
Myrtle Beach, SC
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: St George'S Univ, Sch Of Med, St George'S, Grenada
Graduation Year: 1997

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James C Oates, MD
(843) 876-0593
96 Jonathan Lucas St Ste 912
Charleston, SC
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1991

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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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