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Heather Kramm, MD

  Primary Specialty:   Rheumatology
Group Affiliation:  The Seattle Arthritis Clinic
Address:   10330 Meridian Ave N Suite 250
City/State/Zip:   Seattle, WA 98133
Phone:   (206) 368-6123
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Board Certification:   Yes
Url:  http://theseattlearthritisclinic.org

On bone health and the impacts of age:

What is the best bone and joint prevention plan for patients as they age?

Age is not just a number. Itís also a state of mind. The actual number can be irrelevant when you look at bone health. I see 80-year-old patients who are in better shape than 50-year-olds. Their health is often based on lifestyle, not just genetics and luck. I want to empower my patients to focus on optimal diet and exercise regimens that can preserve bone health.

What is the best approach when treating degenerative
bone and joint problems?

A team approach is always best. The vast majority of bone
and joint conditions are chronic, meaning we can try to control them, but we canít cure them. As a rheumatologist, I am able to help prevent joint damage from conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and gout. For degenerative joint diseases like arthritis, I also rely on the expertise of orthopedic surgeons like Dr. Clawson who can offer surgical options when medical treatments no longer work.

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