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

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

Dr. Brent Culver is a rheumatologist. He graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego. In his practice, Dr. Culver focuses on rheumatic diseases. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Culver is accepting 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 specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Newport Beach, CA and Santa Cruz, CA. He has a special interest in general care. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. After attending Wayne State University School of Medicine, Dr. Goodman completed his residency training at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Goodman is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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. Dr. Spiegel is conversant in Spanish. His clinical interests include orthopedic surgery. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Spiegel is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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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 works as an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist in Santa Cruz, CA. Patient ratings for Dr. Welle average 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: sports health and orthopedic surgery. Dr. Welle is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Welle is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. After completing medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, he performed his residency at Grandview Medical Center.

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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 works as a podiatrist in Santa Cruz, CA. Patient ratings for Dr. Nordgaard average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Nordgaard is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nordgaard takes. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Nordgaard's office for an appointment. For his residency, Dr. Nordgaard trained at Kaiser Permanente.

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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 specializes in podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery and practices in Santa Cruz, CA. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He completed his residency training at The University Hospital, Newark. Dr. Lindberg is 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: , 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's specialty is podiatry (foot & ankle medicine). Dr. Blakeslee's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He completed his residency training at Kaiser Permanente. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Blakeslee 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)

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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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