We found 7 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept Aetna HMO near Santa Cruz, CA.

Dr. Brandon Donald Culver, MD
Specializes in Other, Rheumatology
2025 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Brent Culver's specialty is rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Culver include rheumatic diseases. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Culver is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Culver completed a residency program at Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Sjogren's Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gilbert Goodman, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1301 Mission Street; 1st Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Gilbert Goodman works as an internist in Newport Beach, CA and Santa Cruz, CA. Dr. Goodman's areas of expertise include general care. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Before completing his residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Goodman attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Goodman is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Low Testosterone, Men's Health Issues, Sleep Disorders, Bone Diseases, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Dr. James D Spiegel, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2907 Chanticleer Avenue; 1st Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. James Spiegel's specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Spiegel has a special interest in orthopedic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Spiegel is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis for residency. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Meniscus Repair, Sports Health, Elbow Arthroscopy, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas James Welle, DO
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
2907 Chanticleer Avenue; 1st Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Thomas Welle's areas of specialization are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Before performing his residency at Grandview Medical Center, Dr. Welle attended Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific for medical school. Clinical interests for Dr. Welle include sports health and orthopedic surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Welle welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , knee arthritis, hip arthritis

All Interests: Meniscus Repair, Knee Arthritis, Sports Health, ACL Injury, Elbow Arthroscopy, Shoulder ... (Read more)

Jon E Nordgaard
Specializes in Podiatry
1st Floor, Chanticleer Office (2907); 2907 Chanticleer Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Jon Nordgaard's specialty is podiatry (foot & ankle medicine). He completed his residency training at Kaiser Permanente. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Nordgaard is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Nordgaard's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , hallux rigidus (severe big toe arthritis), arthritis

All Interests: Warts, Sports Health, Athlete's Foot, Foot Surgery, Hallux Rigidus, Ingrown Nails, Neuropathy, ... (Read more)

Carl Brandon Lindberg
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
2907 Chanticleer; 1st Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Carl Lindberg practices podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery in Santa Cruz, CA. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Lindberg is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Lindberg's residency was performed at The University Hospital, Newark.

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Relevant Interests: , hallux rigidus (severe big toe arthritis), arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Foot Surgery, Hallux Rigidus, Ingrown Nails, Neuropathy, Diabetic Foot Ulcers, Heel ... (Read more)

Timothy Blakeslee
Specializes in Podiatry
2907 Chanticleer Avenue; 1st Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Timothy Blakeslee specializes in podiatry (foot & ankle medicine). The average patient rating for Dr. Blakeslee is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Blakeslee's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He has an open panel. Dr. Blakeslee trained at Kaiser Permanente for his residency.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Foot Surgery, Plantar Warts, Ingrown Nails, Fractures, Diabetic Foot Ulcers, Heel ... (Read more)

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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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