We found 7 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield near Santa Cruz, CA.

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

Dr. Brent Culver specializes in rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases). He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is especially interested in rheumatic diseases. Dr. Culver takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He studied medicine at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. He trained at Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego for residency. Dr. Culver is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Culver's practice is open to 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 is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Goodman include general care. Dr. Goodman is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Goodman is open to new patients. After attending Wayne State University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Henry Ford Hospital.

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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 area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Clinical interests for Dr. Spiegel include orthopedic surgery. Dr. Spiegel has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Spiegel speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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: , 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 specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of clinical interest consist of sports health and orthopedic surgery. Dr. Welle takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He obtained his medical school training at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and performed his residency at Grandview Medical Center. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Welle has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Meniscus Repair, Sports Health, ACL Injury, Elbow Arthroscopy, Shoulder Dislocation, Women's Sports ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Timothy Blakeslee works as a podiatrist. Dr. Blakeslee has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He trained at Kaiser Permanente for his residency. Dr. Blakeslee is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Foot Surgery, Plantar Warts, Ingrown Nails, Fractures, Diabetic Foot Ulcers, Heel ... (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. Dr. Lindberg is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. His residency was performed at The University Hospital, Newark. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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

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

Dr. Jon Nordgaard practices podiatry (foot & ankle medicine). He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His residency was performed at Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Nordgaard's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Nordgaard is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Warts, Sports Health, Athlete's Foot, Foot Surgery, Ingrown Nails, Neuropathy, Ankle ... (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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