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Center for Health
(308) 534-6687
302 South Jeffers Street
North Platte, NE
Services
Yeast Syndrome, Women's Health, Wellness Training, Weight Management, Rheumatology, Polarity Therapy, Pharmacology, Pain Management, Nutrition, Metabolic Medicine, Men's Health, Massage Therapy, Internal Medicine, Homeopathy, Herbal Medicine, Healing Touch, General Practice, Gastroenterology, Functional Medicine, Fitness/Exercise, Feng Shui, Family Practice, Endocrinology, EFT, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Bio-identical HRT, Arthritis, Allergy, Acupuncture
Membership Organizations
American Holistic Medical Association

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Loretta L Baca
(308) 534-6687
302 S Jeffers St
North Platte, NE
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Dr.Steven Wees
(402) 315-6200
16120 West Dodge Road
Omaha, NE
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1976
Speciality
Rheumatologist
General Information
Hospital: Methodist
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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2.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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John A Hurley
(402) 280-5600
601 N 30th St Ste 5700
Omaha, NE
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Rick Charles Chatwell, MD
(402) 420-1212
3901 Pine Lake Rd Ste 120
Lincoln, NE
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tx Tech Univ Hlth Sci Ctr Sch Of Med, Lubbock Tx 79430
Graduation Year: 1985

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Kristin Sue Bird, MD
911 Dillon Cir
North Platte, NE
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1998

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Loretta Louise Baca, MD
(308) 534-6687
PO Box 869
North Platte, NE
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1984

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Deborah Kay Doud, MD
(402) 354-0960
16120 W Dodge Rd
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1985

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Amy Susan Garwood
(402) 464-9000
630 N Cotner Blvd
Lincoln, NE
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Steven Jay Wees, MD
(402) 354-0960
16120 W Dodge Rd
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1976
Hospital
Hospital: Clarkson Memorial Hosp, Omaha, Ne; Nebraska Methodist Hospital, Omaha, Ne
Group Practice: Westroads Medical Group

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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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