We found 7 rheumatologists who accept Humana Platinum 500/Tampa Bay HUMx near Clearwater, FL.

Dr. Eugenia R Rullan-Bidot, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
612 Druid Road E
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Eugenia Rullanbidot is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Rullanbidot's areas of expertise include the following: back pain, trigger point injections, and fibromyalgia. She graduated from Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Monmouth Medical Center. Dr. Rullanbidot has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE.

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Clinical interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Arthritis, Trigger Point ... (Read more)

Dr. Adam Michael Rosen, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
612 Druid Road E
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Adam Rosen is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Dr. Rosen has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: back pain, trigger point injections, and fibromyalgia. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. He speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Arthritis, Trigger Point ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Esther Jimenez-Encarnacion is an adult rheumatologist. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Jimenez-Encarnacion graduated from Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Fellow of the year, University of Puerto Rico and Scholarly Productivity Award, VA Caribbean Healthcare System. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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Dr. Antony G Sankoorikal, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2655 State Road 580; Suite 201
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Antony Sankoorikal works as an adult rheumatologist. He attended medical school at Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Sankoorikal's residency was performed at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. His clinical interests include fibromyalgia, lupus, and arthritis. The average patient rating for Dr. Sankoorikal is 2.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sankoorikal is conversant in Malayalam. He is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Lupus, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Dr. Robert William Levin, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Rheumatology
646 Virginia Street; 4th Floor
Dunedin, FL
 

Dr. Robert Levin's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Levin has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, sciatica, and joint injections. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Levin graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University.

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Clinical interests: Elbow Problems, Neck Problems, Sciatica, Spinal Stenosis, Back Pain, Rheumatic Diseases, Joint ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Mary Youngblood specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Largo, FL. She is affiliated with Diagnostic Clinic. Her education and training includes medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine and residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Youngblood takes.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2025 Indian Rocks Road S
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Gina Raptoulis sees patients in Palm Harbor, FL and Largo, FL. Her medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Raptoulis honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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What is Rheumatology?

Rheumatology is the medical specialty that is concerned with arthritis and other diseases of inflammation. Inflammation can occur anywhere in the body, but it is most common in the joints and connective tissues. Arthritis, which occurs in the joints, is also a very common condition, so rheumatology is strongly associated with joint care. But rheumatology is about more that just arthritis. Other conditions that a rheumatologist might treat include:
  • Lupus, a chronic inflammatory disease
  • Ankylosing spondylitis, inflammation at the base of the spine
  • Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that stops production of tears and saliva
  • Fibromyalgia, a disorder causing widespread, chronic pain and fatigue

Pediatric rheumatologists are doctors that specialize in treating inflammatory diseases in children. Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and other inflammatory diseases can begin even in childhood, and can cause a unique set of problems for active and growing children.

Rheumatologists use patient symptoms as well as lab tests and imaging tests such as MRIs to diagnose disease. Treatment varies widely depending on the diagnosis, but it may include physiotherapy (to improve motion, ability, and function) or medications. Commonly prescribed medications include anti-inflammatories such as NSAIDS (e.g. Tylenol, Ibuprofen) and steroids, or immune system suppressants such as methotrexate and TNF inhibitor medications (e.g. Enbrel, Humira). The goal is always to increase the patient’s ability to move without pain and to reduce the need for future treatment.
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