Lupus and Muscles and Joints
From the 2012 Lupus Education Series
Two leading lupus specialists at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, Stuart Green, MD, Chief of Rheumatology and Beata Nowak, BS, PT, DPT, Director, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, addressed a room of more than 50 patients and their family and friends with extremely useful information. Here are their presentations for those who could not attend.
Dr. Stuart Green emphasized the critical need for clear communication between patients and their doctors. He urged patients to take control during doctor visits by asking questions and being able to describe exactly what they are experiencing. For instance, if you say your arm hurts, the doctor will need to know where — all over, in your elbow, your upper arm. Also, is the pain sharp or dull and aching? And if a word is used that you don’t understand, make sure you ask for an explanation that you can understand and don’t leave until you do. This can save time and help the doctor pinpoint the problem and treat it most effectively.
His presentation also provides explanations of what causes the most common complaints of people with lupus and how they are often treated. You’ll find amazing photos that show how the body’s joints are actually affected by lupus.
Dr. Green’s list of top 7 symptoms are:
- Thyroid Disease
Named a Top Doctor by U.S. News & World Report, Dr. Green has over 30 years of experience in lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis. He attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine and did his fellowship at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
"Exercise and an Energy-Conserving Lifestyle"
Physical therapist Dr. Beata Nowak focused on how exercise can help with the common challenges of lupus causing joint pain and stiffness and fatigue. Learn why she recommends a supervised exercise program of gentle flexibility, strength and endurance training. Also, Dr. Nowak provides ideas for getting started on an exercise program and how to adapt to flares as well as daily changes in stamina. Of special interest are tips for incorporating exercise into what Dr. Nowak calls “energy conservation,” a lifestyle that helps patients prioritize so they can reduce the strain on the body while accomplishing what is most important to them each day.
Dr. Beata graduated Hunter College’s Physical Therapy program in 2000 with BS degree and LIU in 2010 with DPT degree.