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Barbara A McIntosh-Moore
(810) 953-8700
8203 S Saginaw St
Grand Blanc, MI
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Dr.Ali Karrar
(810) 953-8700
8203 S Saginaw St # D
Grand Blanc, MI
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Khartoum, Fac Of Med, Khartoum
Year of Graduation: 1980
Speciality
Rheumatologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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1.5, out of 5 based on 3, reviews.

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Dianne K Trudell, MD
(313) 230-2400
G-5085 W Bristol Rd
Flint, MI
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: American Univ Of The Caribbean, Sch Of Med, Plymouth, Montserrat
Graduation Year: 1984
Hospital
Hospital: Mc Laren Reg Med Ctr, Flint, Mi
Group Practice: Consultants IN Arthritis

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Hal Frederick Martens, DO
(810) 230-2400
5085 W Bristol Rd # G
Flint, MI
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kirksville Coll Of Osteo Med, Kirksville Mo 63501
Graduation Year: 1986

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Hal Fredrick Martens
(810) 249-1040
G3535 Beecher Rd
Flint, MI
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Ali Ahmed Karrar
(810) 953-8700
8203 S Saginaw St
Grand Blanc, MI
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Mohamad Bashar Aljabban, MD
(810) 736-0970
5496 Woodfield Pkwy
Grand Blanc, MI
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Damascus, Fac Of Med, Damascus, Syria
Graduation Year: 1985
Hospital
Hospital: Genesys Regional Med Center, Grand Blanc, Mi

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Abner Jardenil Espinosa, MD
(810) 793-7550
4526 Pine St # 7
Columbiaville, MI
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Manila Central Univ, Coll Of Med, Caloocan City, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1964

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Mohammad Asim Shakir, MD
(810) 733-9635
G3245 Beecher Rd
Flint, MI
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Dow Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1993

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Dorothy Marie Mulkey, MD
(810) 733-5351
1117 Villa Linde Ct Ste 36
Flint, MI
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1967
Hospital
Hospital: Hurley Med Ctr, Flint, Mi; Mc Laren Reg Med Ctr, Flint, Mi

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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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