Elbow Arthritis Treatment Sebring FL

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Rachna Mehra, MD
805 US Highway 27 S
Sebring, FL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Indira Gandhi Med Coll, Himachal Pradesh Univ, Shimla, Hp, India
Graduation Year: 1971

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Gary Montsdeoca, MD
(863) 382-9100
4343 Sun N Lake Blvd
Sebring, FL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Miami Sch Of Med, Miami Fl 33101
Graduation Year: 1971

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Dr.NATALIE FAITH
38135 Market Sq
Zephyrhills, FL
Gender
F
Speciality
Rheumatologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
5.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Martha Hernandez, MD
7500 SW 8th St Ste 209
Miami, FL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Ponce Sch Of Med, Ponce Pr 00732
Graduation Year: 1999

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M F Mass, MD
(904) 733-8200
3636 University Blvd S Ste B2
Jacksonville, FL
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Fl Coll Of Med, Gainesville Fl 32610
Graduation Year: 1970
Hospital
Hospital: St Lukes Hosp, Jacksonville, Fl; Memorial Hosp, Jacksonville, Fl
Group Practice: Allergy Asthma & Immunology

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Luis M Pena
(863) 385-8010
4301 Sun N Lake Blvd
Sebring, FL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Eugenia Rullan, MD
(941) 365-0770
3500 S Tamiami Trl
Sarasota, FL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Central Del Caribe Sch Of Med, Baya
Graduation Year: 1996

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David Ivan Greenfield, MD
(941) 497-4069
1525 Tamiami Trl S
Venice, FL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: New York Med Coll, Valhalla Ny 10595
Graduation Year: 1980

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Ruth Wilkins Orth
(850) 434-9992
2441 N 9th Ave
Pensacola, FL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Phillip Scott Kallen, MD
(561) 495-0600
5130 Linton Blvd
Delray Beach, FL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Finch U Of Hs/Chicago Med Sch, North Chicago Il 60664
Graduation Year: 1976

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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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