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Shelby Dames
(801) 387-7125
4403 Harrison Blvd, Ste 3650
Ogden, UT
Specialty
Rheumatology

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John Frits Mijer, MD
(801) 387-7470
4403 Harrison Blvd Ste 1670
Ogden, UT
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1988
Hospital
Hospital: Mc Kay-Dee Hospital Center, Ogden, Ut
Group Practice: Intermountain Health Care

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Jeffrey E Booth
(801) 387-7125
4403 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Daniel O Clegg, MD
817 E 2075 S
Bountiful, UT
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut
Graduation Year: 1977

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Don Leonard Stromquist, MD
(801) 321-2600
324 10th Ave
Salt Lake City, UT
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Yale Univ Sch Of Med, New Haven Ct 06510
Graduation Year: 1982

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John F Mijer
(801) 387-7125
4403 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Jeffrey Edward Booth, MD
(801) 387-7125
3905 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut 84132
Graduation Year: 1974
Hospital
Hospital: Mc Kay-Dee Hospital Center, Ogden, Ut; Ogden Reg Med Ctr, Ogden, Ut
Group Practice: Mc Kay-Dee Rheumatology

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Chara Joan Solich
(801) 387-7125
4403 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Stephanie Diane Silas, MD
(801) 581-4333
964 Springwood Dr
North Salt Lake, UT
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
Graduation Year: 1995

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John F Bohnsack
(801) 581-2121
100 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City, UT
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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