We found 6 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept InterGroup Services near Ephrata, PA.

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Dr. Colleen Matejicka, DO
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1635 West Main Street
Ephrata, PA
 

Dr. Colleen Matejicka is an adult rheumatologist. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Matejicka's clinical interests include osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Matejicka attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at LeHigh Valley Hospital Network. She is affiliated with Ephrata Community Hospital and Lancaster General Health. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Autoimmune Disorders, Osteoarthritis

Dr. Charles Franklin Henderson, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Adult Rheumatology
1635 West Main Street
Ephrata, PA
 

Dr. Charles Henderson's areas of specialization are family medicine and adult rheumatology; he sees patients in Elizabethtown, PA, York, PA, and Lancaster, PA. Before performing his residency at Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, York Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with Wright State University, Dr. Henderson attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. In his practice, he is particularly interested in osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. Dr. Henderson has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Henderson's hospital/clinic affiliations include Ephrata Community Hospital and Lancaster General Health. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Autoimmune Disorders, Osteoarthritis

Dr. Lisa S Allen, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1635 West Main Street
Ephrata, PA
 

Dr. Lisa Allen's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Allen include osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. Dr. Allen takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Allen's education and training includes medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and residency at Jefferson University Hospitals and a hospital affiliated with Allentown. Her professional affiliations include Ephrata Community Hospital and Lancaster General Health. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Autoimmune Disorders, Osteoarthritis

Dr. Richard W Reese, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1635 West Main Street
Ephrata, PA
 

Dr. Richard Reese's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Reese include osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Reese is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Reese completed a residency program at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Reese's professional affiliations include Ephrata Community Hospital and Lancaster General Health. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Autoimmune Disorders, Osteoarthritis

Dr. Rebecca Margaret Shepherd, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1635 West Main Street
Ephrata, PA
 

Dr. Rebecca Shepherd is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Shepherd graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. These areas are among her clinical interests: osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. Patient ratings for Dr. Shepherd average 5.0 stars out of 5. She honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She is affiliated with Ephrata Community Hospital and Lancaster General Health. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Autoimmune Disorders, Osteoarthritis

Dr. Sandhya Kiran Adusumilli, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1635 West Main Street
Ephrata, PA
 

Dr. Sandhya Adusumilli is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Her areas of expertise include osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. Dr. Adusumilli's hospital/clinic affiliations include Ephrata Community Hospital and Lancaster General Health. Dr. Adusumilli is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. She graduated from Siddhartha Medical College. She completed her residency training at Graduate Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Autoimmune Disorders, Osteoarthritis

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What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a painful disease of the joints. There are many different kinds of arthritis with various causes, but they all lead to pain and inflammation of joints such as the hip, knee, or wrist. Arthritis affects people of all ages, races, and genders, but it is more common in women and older people. It is the leading cause of disability in the United States.

Symptoms of arthritis include swelling, pain, and stiffness. They can occur in a single joint or throughout the body. It is common for symptoms to come and go, known as flares. In some kinds of arthritis, flares may be caused by specific triggers, such as exercise, stress, or an allergic reaction.

By far the two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis happens when wear and tear on joints breaks down the cartilage between two moving bones. In a healthy person, cartilage cushions and lubricates the bones so they can glide over each other as they move. When the cartilage becomes thin or tears, the ends of bones rub and cause pain. In rheumatoid arthritis, the body’s own immune system becomes confused and attacks joint cartilage, weakening it and causing inflammation.

Treatment for arthritis depends on the specific type, but it may include:
  • Avoiding arthritis triggers
  • Hot or cold therapy, such as ice or hot packs
  • Oral or injected medications, such as corticosteroids, NSAIDs, and biologics
  • Physical therapy and gentle exercises
  • Surgery to repair or replace damaged joints

In many types of arthritis, early treatment can prevent more serious damage to your joints, keeping your symptoms in check. Whatever stage you are in, help exists to let you stay active and manage pain. There are many options to get you moving again.
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