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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 is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. He has a special interest in gout. Dr. Fitzgerald has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Tufts University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Fitzgerald has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Fitzgerald has an open panel.

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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, who practices in Santa Monica, CA, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Kermani is especially interested in vasculitis. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kermani takes. After completing medical school at New York Medical College, she performed her residency at Mayo Clinic. She has received distinctions including Vasculitis Clinical Research Consortium Fellowship, January and The Philip Showalter Hench Award for Excellence in Rheumatology, May. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Kermani is accepting new patients.

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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 works as a rheumatologist in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. She graduated from Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy. Her residency was performed at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Dr. Taylor's areas of expertise include the following: osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, and myositis. Dr. Taylor has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Taylor speaks Romanian. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She is accepting 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 is a specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation), acupuncture, and osteopathic manipulative medicine. He works in Santa Monica, CA. After attending Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Dr. Silver honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He has an open panel.

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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. 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 medical specialty is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation), spine surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His clinical interests include thoracic outlet syndrome, trigger point injections, and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 1.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Fish takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He graduated from New York Medical College. Dr. Fish trained at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for residency. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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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. Irene I-Lan Wu, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1245 16th Street; Suite 225
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Irene Wu, who practices in Santa Monica, CA, is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. She attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Dr. Wu's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Areas of expertise for Dr. Wu include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. Dr. Wu takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. In addition to English, she speaks Mandarin. She is professionally affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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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 is a rheumatologist. These areas are among his clinical interests: osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis. Dr. Kim is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. After attending Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He is professionally affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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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 sees patients in Newhall, CA and Los Angeles, CA. His medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Altman accepts. He attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Altman trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. Dr. Altman has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 38
  • Uninsured Cost: $110 - $232
  • Medicare Cost: $47 - $64
Dr. Soo In Choi, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
757 Westwood Plaza; Room B711
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Soo Choi works as an adult rheumatologist. She speaks Korean. Clinical interests for Dr. Choi include myositis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Choi is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Choi takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield.

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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 sees patients in Westlake Village, CA and Santa Monica, CA. His medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington, Dr. Martin attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Dr. Martin's areas of expertise include myositis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and 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: 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. Dr. Gorn has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His clinical interests include osteoporosis, dermatomyositis, and osteoarthritis. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Dr. Gorn has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. He is professionally affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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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 is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He works in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. He attended medical school at Taipei Medical University. His residency was performed at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Hsu's clinical interests include back pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and cancer pain. Dr. Hsu is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Mandarin and Taiwanese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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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
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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2020 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 540
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Rebecca Gordon's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. She is professionally affiliated with UCLA Health. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gordon honors. Dr. Gordon's practice is open to new patients. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. She has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 40
  • Uninsured Cost: $234
  • Medicare Cost: $62
Dr. Jennifer Morris Grossman, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
200 Medical Plaza; #365, 530, 420, 120
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Jennifer Grossman is an adult rheumatology specialist. Dr. Grossman has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Her areas of expertise include osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. She is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Grossman takes. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Grossman attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include 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 Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, Family Medicine
11600 Venice Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Reza Ehsan practices anesthesiology, pain medicine, and family medicine in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Ehsan (or staff) speaks Filipino, Spanish, and Persian. He attended Central University of the East School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ehsan takes 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 sees patients in Newport Beach, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Her medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Before completing her residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Karamlou attended medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Karamlou is conversant in Persian. She 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.