Elbow Arthritis Treatment Poughkeepsie NY

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Maryanne Wysell
(845) 454-0120
1 Webster Ave
Poughkeepsie, NY
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Farah M Ashraf, DO
Poughkeepsie, NY
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of New England, Coll Of Osteo Med, Biddeford Me 04005
Graduation Year: 1995

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Henry Paul Lasky, MD
(845) 534-3163
3141 US Route 9w
New Windsor, NY
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Auto De Guadalajara, Fac De Med, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1980

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Robert F Spiera, MD
(212) 860-4000
1088 Park Ave
New York, NY
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Richard P Crane MD
Specialties
Rheumatology

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Joseph I Cohn, MD
(516) 678-5330
2000 N Village Ave
Rockville Centre, NY
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Joseph I Cohn MD
Specialties
Rheumatology

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Maryanne Carol Wysell, MD
(914) 452-7051
33 Scenic Dr
Poughkeepsie, NY
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Mt Sinai Sch Of Med Of The City Univ Of Ny, New York Ny 10029
Graduation Year: 1990
Hospital
Hospital: Vassar Brothers Hospital, Poughkeepsie, Ny; St Francis Hospital, Poughkeepsie, Ny
Group Practice: Hudson Valley Orthopedics

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Tracey Schmidt, MD
(845) 565-1984
83 Lexington Dr
Newburgh, NY
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: American Univ Of The Caribbean, Sch Of Med, Plymouth, Montserrat
Graduation Year: 1988

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James L Wise
(845) 331-5326
78 Maiden Ln
Kingston, NY
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Andrew J Porges, MD
(516) 484-6880
1044 Northern Blvd
Roslyn, NY
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Andrew J Porges MD PC
Specialties
Rheumatology

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Dr.Anju Varghese
(914) 207-0004
186 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY
Gender
F
Speciality
Rheumatologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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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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