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We found 6 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept PacifiCare Signature Value HMO near Santa Cruz, CA.

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

Dr. Gilbert Goodman's specialty is general internal medicine. His clinical interests encompass general care. Dr. Goodman is in-network for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and more. He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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

Dr. Brent Culver sees patients in Santa Cruz, CA. His medical specialty is rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases). In his practice, he is particularly interested in rheumatic diseases. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Culver studied medicine 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. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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. Thomas J Welle, DO
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
2907 Chanticleer Avenue; 1st Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Thomas Welle's medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Welle include sports health and musculoskeletal surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. After completing medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Dr. Welle performed his residency at Grandview Medical Center. Patients gave Dr. Welle an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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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's area of specialization is podiatry (foot & ankle medicine). Dr. Blakeslee trained at Kaiser Permanente for his residency. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He 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)

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

Dr. Jon Nordgaard works as a foot doctor in Santa Cruz, CA. For his residency, Dr. Nordgaard trained at Kaiser Permanente. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and more. He is affiliated with 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: , arthritis

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

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

Dr. Carl Lindberg's areas of specialization are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. His residency was performed at The University Hospital, Newark. Dr. Lindberg is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is open to 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)

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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.