Elbow Arthritis Treatment Opelika AL

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Christopher D Adams, MD
(334) 749-8303
PO Box 2125
Opelika, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1981
Hospital
Hospital: East Alabama Med Ctr, Opelika, Al
Group Practice: Orthopaedic Clinic-East Al

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Dr.Adahli Massey
(334) 501-4424
1536 Professional Parkway
Auburn, AL
Gender
F
Speciality
Rheumatologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
3.7, out of 5 based on 8, reviews.

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Adahli Estrada, MD
(334) 745-5552
1536 Professional Pkwy
Auburn, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pr Sch Of Med, San Juan Pr 00936
Graduation Year: 1990

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Robert Hill Carter
(205) 933-8101
700 19th St S
Birmingham, AL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Sohrab Fallahi, MD
(205) 284-3105
9216 Gainswood
Montgomery, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Teheran Univ, Fac Of Med, Teheran, Iran
Graduation Year: 1970

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Christopher Denman Adams
(334) 749-8303
121 North 20th Street # 18
Opelika, AL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Adahli Estrada Massey
(334) 501-4424
1536 Professional Pkwy
Auburn, AL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Dr.Jeffrey Faggard
(251) 435-1200
1700 Spring Hill Ave # 100
Mobile, AL
Gender
M
Speciality
Rheumatologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
5.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Carlos Ganuza Masferrer, MD
(256) 492-1525
1026 Goodyear Ave Ste 100B
Gadsden, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ De El Salvador, Fac De Med, San Salvador, El Salvador
Graduation Year: 1971
Hospital
Hospital: Riverview Reg Med Ctr, Gadsden, Al
Group Practice: Orthopedic Center

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Gene Virgil Ball, MD
(205) 934-4703
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
Graduation Year: 1959

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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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