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Teresa Jean Oglesby, MD
(314) 362-6978
231 Behlmann Meadows Way
Florissant, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of South Al Coll Of Med, Mobile Al 36688
Graduation Year: 1980

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David Stanley Rosenberg, MD
(314) 921-4420
1120 Shackelford Rd
Florissant, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Sch At San Antonio, San Antonio Tx 78284
Graduation Year: 1972
Hospital
Hospital: Christian Hosp Northeast, Saint Louis, Mo
Group Practice: North County Medicine

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David S Rosenberg
(314) 921-4420
1120 Shackelford Rd
Florissant, MO
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Arthur Michael Mandelin
(312) 695-8628
675 N Saint Clair St
Chicago, IL
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Alvin Francis Wells, MD
(847) 938-7795
1457 Indian Grass Ln
Grayslake, IL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of South Fl Coll Of Med, Tampa Fl 33612
Graduation Year: 1996

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Francisco J Garriga
(314) 921-4420
1120 Shackelford Rd
Florissant, MO
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Francisco Javier Garriga, MD
(314) 921-4420
1120 Shackelford Rd
Florissant, MO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1970
Hospital
Hospital: Depaul Health Center, Bridgeton, Mo; Christian Hosp Northeast, Saint Louis, Mo
Group Practice: North County Medicine

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Forrest Heth Riordan, MD
(815) 490-1390
1200 W State St
Rockford, IL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology, Orthopedic Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Stanford Univ Sch Of Med, Stanford Ca 94305
Graduation Year: 1956
Hospital
Hospital: St Anthony Med Ctr, Rockford, Il
Group Practice: Crusaders Clinic Dental

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Ramadevi Parachuri, MD
(708) 216-2769
Mail Route 181 Edward Hines Jr Hospital
Hines, IL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Andhra Med Coll, Univ Hlth Sci, Visakhapatnam, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1980

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Carey B Dachman
(847) 352-5511
455 S Roselle Rd
Schaumburg, IL
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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