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We found 69 providers matching joint injections and who accept Blue Shield HMO near Santa Monica, CA.

Dr. John Dermot Fitzgerald, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2020 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 540
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. John Fitzgerald specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. Dr. Fitzgerald speaks Spanish. He has indicated that his clinical interests include gout. His professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Fitzgerald graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Patient ratings for Dr. Fitzgerald average 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Fitzgerald has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Ultrasound, Musculoskeletal Problems, Gout

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 52
  • Uninsured Cost: $230 - $234
  • Medicare Cost: $42 - $56
Dr. Tanaz Aspi Kermani, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2020 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 540
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Tanaz Kermani is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Kermani has a special interest in vasculitis. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from New York Medical College. She trained at Mayo Clinic for residency. She has received professional recognition including the following: Vasculitis Clinical Research Consortium Fellowship, January and The Philip Showalter Hench Award for Excellence in Rheumatology, May. Dr. Kermani's professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She has an open panel.

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Clinical Interests: Vasculitis

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 37
  • Uninsured Cost: $235
  • Medicare Cost: $56
Dr. Mihaela Botea Taylor, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2020 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 540
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Mihaela Taylor's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and adult rheumatology; she sees patients in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. Dr. Taylor's areas of expertise include osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, and myositis. Her average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. After attending Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy for medical school, Dr. Taylor completed her residency training at Loma Linda University Medical Center. She has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. In addition to English, she speaks Romanian. Dr. Taylor is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She is open to new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Myositis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ultrasound, Scleroderma, Fibromyalgia, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 142
  • Uninsured Cost: $50 - $628
  • Medicare Cost: $13 - $169
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Specializes in Physiatry, Acupuncture, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
1441 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Adam Silver's specialties are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation), acupuncture, and osteopathic manipulative medicine. Dr. Silver is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He is a graduate of Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Silver trained at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , joint injections

All Interests: Ankle Sprain, Headache, Electromyography, Tendonitis, Dizziness, Radiculopathy, Osteopathic ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 16
  • Uninsured Cost: $179
  • Medicare Cost: $63
Dr. Irene I-Lan Wu, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1245 16th Street; Suite 225
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Irene Wu's areas of specialization are anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Wu's clinical interests include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. She is professionally affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Wu attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. She speaks Mandarin.

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Clinical Interests: Neck Pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Cancer Pain, Spinal Cord Stimulator, Neuropathic Pain, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 47
  • Uninsured Cost: $560 - $2,379
  • Medicare Cost: $42 - $116
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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
200 Medical Plaza; #365, 420
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Peter Kim sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. His medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Kim include osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis. Dr. Kim is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Kim trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

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Clinical Interests: Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $229
  • Medicare Cost: $42
Dr. Roy Davis Altman, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
200 Ucla Medical Plaza; Suite B365
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Roy Altman is a specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Altman is professionally affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. After completing medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 38
  • Uninsured Cost: $110 - $232
  • Medicare Cost: $47 - $64
Dr. David Eli Fish, MPH, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
7th Fl Tower Building Room 745; 1250 16th Street
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. David Fish's specialties are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation), pain medicine, and spine surgery. Dr. Fish has a 1.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include thoracic outlet syndrome, trigger point injections, and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). He is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He studied medicine at New York Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Fish trained at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Fish has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , hyaluronic acid joint injections (viscosupplementation)

All Interests: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Kyphoplasty, Sports Health, Electromyography, Hip Pain, Knee Pain, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 69
  • Uninsured Cost: $374 - $976
  • Medicare Cost: $46 - $98
Dr. Soo In Choi, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
757 Westwood Plaza; Room B711
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Soo Choi is a Los Angeles, CA physician who specializes in rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases). Dr. Choi's areas of expertise include myositis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. After attending Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Choi speaks Korean. She is professionally affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical Interests: Myositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Gout, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 82
  • Uninsured Cost: $233
  • Medicare Cost: $47
Dr. William Joshua Martin, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2020 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 540
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. William Martin's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. His clinical interests include myositis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. His professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Martin attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Martin honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical Interests: Myositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Gout, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 34
  • Uninsured Cost: $230
  • Medicare Cost: $60
Dr. Alan Howard Gorn, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
200 Ucla Medical Plaza; Suite 365-b
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Alan Gorn, who practices in Los Angeles, CA, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gorn include osteoporosis, dermatomyositis, and osteoarthritis. Dr. Gorn is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Gorn is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. His distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008.

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Clinical Interests: Dermatomyositis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 22
  • Uninsured Cost: $223
  • Medicare Cost: $44
Dr. Eric Shen-Zen Hsu, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1245 16th Street; Suite 225
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Eric Hsu sees patients in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. His medical specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Hsu's areas of expertise consist of back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hsu attended Taipei Medical University and then went on to complete his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He is conversant in Mandarin and Taiwanese.

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Clinical Interests: Neck Pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Cancer Pain, Pain Management, Back Pain

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 134
  • Uninsured Cost: $621 - $2,263
  • Medicare Cost: $33 - $100
Dr. Jennifer Morris Grossman, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
200 Medical Plaza; #365, 530, 420, 120
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Jennifer Grossman's specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Grossman's clinical interests include osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. She is professionally affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. After attending the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Patient reviews placed Dr. Grossman at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Grossman takes. She has received distinctions including Voted Best Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors; and Top Women Southern California Super Doctors.

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Clinical Interests: Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Spine Problems, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $230
  • Medicare Cost: $43
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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2020 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 540
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Rebecca Gordon's specialty is adult rheumatology. She attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Gordon has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars. She is affiliated with UCLA Health. Dr. Gordon is accepting new patients.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 40
  • Uninsured Cost: $234
  • Medicare Cost: $62
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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, Family Medicine
11600 Venice Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Reza Ehsan sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. His medical specialties are anesthesiology, pain medicine, and family medicine. Dr. Ehsan (or staff) is conversant in Filipino, Spanish, and Persian. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Ehsan attended medical school at Central University of the East School of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Ehsan is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ehsan honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 14
  • Uninsured Cost: $225
  • Medicare Cost: $49
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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
200 Ucla Medical Plaza; Suite B365
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Kathy Karamlou is a specialist in adult rheumatology. She works in Newport Beach, CA and Los Angeles, CA. On average, patients gave Dr. Karamlou a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. For her residency, Dr. Karamlou trained at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She is conversant in Persian. Dr. Karamlou is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 31
  • Uninsured Cost: $200
  • Medicare Cost: $67

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What is a Joint Injection/Aspiration?

A joint is any area of the body where two bones connect. Due to injury or disease, the space between the two bones can sometimes become swollen and inflamed, which leads to pain and a loss of mobility. Injection and aspiration are two tools that physicians use to treat joint pain locally without needing to perform surgery.

Both injection and aspiration are techniques that involve inserting a needle connected to a syringe directly into the joint. Aspiration involves the removal of excess fluid, and injection is the placement of medication directly into the joint space via the needle. Both procedures may be performed at the same time. In both cases a local anesthetic may be used, the skin will be cleaned and disinfected, and then the needle will be inserted. In some cases, especially if the injection or aspiration is in a large and deep joint such as the hip or spine, ultrasound may be used to guide the needle to the exact location desired.

In some cases, irritation to the joint can cause fluid to build up so significantly that the joint hurts and can no longer move well. Aspiration removes some of the excess fluid and relieves the pressure. In addition, aspiration can be used to provide a sample of joint fluid if it needs to be examined microscopically for the presence of white blood cells, bacteria, or crystal formations.

Certain injuries and diseases that affect joints are inflammatory in nature, such as rheumatoid arthritis, tendonitis or gout. These diseases may be helped by the local injection of anti-inflammatory medications directly into the affected joint. In this case, corticosteroids such as methylprednisone are usually used. Relief from the pain may be felt right away and may last for weeks or even months.

In some cases, such as with osteoarthritis, the cartilage buffer between the two bones wears down and pain comes from bones rubbing against each other. In this case, injection of a lubricating agent such as hyaluronic acid may be beneficial. It provides a slippery cushion between the bones to relieve pain that can last for months.