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Brian Jay Glazer
(956) 686-7611
110 E Savannah Ave
Mcallen, TX
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Encarnacion Rodriquez
(956) 630-1170
4300 N Mccoll Rd
Mcallen, TX
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Jorge C Zamora Quezada, MD
(959) 664-1400
2601 Cornerstone Blvd
Edinburg, TX
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ De Guadalajara, Fac De Med, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1980
Hospital
Hospital: Valley Baptist Med Ctr, Harlingen, Tx; Mission Hospital, Mission, Tx; Rio Grande Regional Hospital, McAllen, Tx; Edinburg Reg Med Ctr, Edinburg, Tx; Mc Allen Med Ctr, McAllen, Tx
Group Practice: Mc Allen Arthritis & Osteo

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Dr.Jorge Zamora
(956) 664-1400
2601 Cornerstone Boulevard
Edinburg, TX
Gender
M
Speciality
Rheumatologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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1.5, out of 5 based on 4, reviews.

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Reuben A Isern, MD
(409) 898-7172
3350 Dowlen Rd
Beaumont, TX
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Languages
Portuguese, Spanish
Education
Medical School: Univ De Zaragoza, Fac De Med, Zaragoza, Spain
Graduation Year: 1976
Hospital
Hospital: Christus St Elizabeth Hosp, Beaumont, Tx
Group Practice: Arthritis & Rheumatology Assoc

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Brian Jay Glazer, MD
(956) 686-7611
110 E Savannah Ave Bldg B Ste 202
McAllen, TX
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Del Noreste, Esc De Med, Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1983

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Jorge A Ortegon, MD
4328 N McColl Rd
McAllen, TX
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Auto De Nuevo Leon, Fac De Med, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1987

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Rogelio Eduardo Rojas
(956) 664-1400
2601 Cornerstone Blvd
Edinburg, TX
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Jorge A Ortegon
(956) 630-1225
2821 Michael Angelo Ste 300
Edinburg, TX
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Barry L Myones
(832) 824-3800
6701 Fannin St
Houston, TX
Specialty
Rheumatology

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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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