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Roel Nolido Querubin, MD
(770) 822-2646
4790 Sugarloaf Pkwy
Lawrenceville, GA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1995

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Nicholas Tiliakos, MD
(770) 963-3801
165 Steeple Gate Ln
Roswell, GA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Aristotelian Univ Of Thessaloniki, Fac Of Med, Thessaloniki, Greece
Graduation Year: 1970

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Ciela E Lopez Armstrong, MD
2500 Hospital Blvd
Roswell, GA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Central Del Caribe Sch Of Med, Bayamon Pr 00621
Graduation Year: 1996

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William Thomas Tatum, MD
(404) 898-4791
5130 Hensley Dr
Atlanta, GA
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1972

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Dr.Glenn Parris
(770) 962-1616
989 Lawrenceville Highway
Lawrenceville, GA
Gender
M
Speciality
Rheumatologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
4.6, out of 5 based on 11, reviews.

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Milton Fried Medical Clinic, PC
(770) 451-4857
4426 Tilly Mill Road
Atlanta, GA
Services
Other, Yeast Syndrome, Women's Health, Weight Management, Supplements, Substance Abuse, Sex Therapy, Rheumatology, Rehabilitation Therapy, Pulmonary Diseases, Psychosomatic Medicine, Psychiatry, Preventive Medicine, Physical Therapy, Pharmacology, Pain Management, Orthomolecular Medicine, Oncology, Nutrition, Neurology, Naturopathy, Men's Health, Internal Medicine, Immunology, Homeopathy, Herbal Medicine, Gynecology, Geriatrics, General Practice, Gastroenterology, Functional Medicine, Environmen
Membership Organizations
American Holistic Medical Association

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Michael Lance Smitherman, MD
11660 Alpharetta Highways
Roswell, GA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1995

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William Thomas Tatum, MD
(770) 392-1238
Atlanta, GA
Specialties
Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1972

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Faryal Umer Baloch, MD
2653 Glenrose Hl
Atlanta, GA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Dow Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1991

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David J Zelman
(770) 496-3549
200 Crescent Center Pkwy
Tucker, GA
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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