We found 9 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept First Health near Clearwater, FL.

Dr. Allen Finkelstein, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
10225 Ulmerton Road; 1a
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Allen Finkelstein sees patients in Seminole, FL and Largo, FL. His medical specialty is family medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Finkelstein average 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Finkelstein obtained his medical school training at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at Largo Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Finkelstein (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis

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Dr. Apurva Bharat Shah, MPH, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
13220 Belcher Road; Suite 11
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Apurva Shah practices general internal medicine in Largo, FL. Dr. Shah (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital. After attending the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and Topiwala National Medical College for medical school, Dr. Shah completed his residency training at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center. He is rated 1.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis

All Interests: Immunization, Hypertension, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Obesity, Electrocardiogram, Pulmonary ... (Read more)

Dr. Jason Hal Howard, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
13787 Belcher Road S; Suite 100
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Jason Howard is a Largo, FL physician who specializes in family medicine. His professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Howard honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Largo Medical Center for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis

All Interests: Depression, Hypertension, Skin Cancer, Heart Problems, Minor Surgery, Urinalysis, Physical Exams, ... (Read more)

Dr. George Alan Morris III, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
1011 Jeffords Street; Suite C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. George Morris is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine specialist. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: back pain, knee problems, and joint injections. Dr. Morris is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before completing his residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Dr. Morris attended medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Auto Injuries, ACL Injury, Foot Surgery, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Elbow ... (Read more)

Dr. William Charles Cottrell, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 301
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. William Cottrell's specialties are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Cottrell include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cottrell accepts. He is open to new patients. After attending the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. Dr. Cottrell speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Auto Injuries, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee ... (Read more)

Dr. Gordon H Zuerndorfer, MD
Specializes in Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1831 N Belcher Road; Suite G-1
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Gordon Zuerndorfer practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Zuerndorfer's areas of expertise include knee problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, and laser surgery. His professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at Boston University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zuerndorfer honors.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis, arthritis, gout

All Interests: Auto Injuries, Foot Surgery, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Implant Surgery, Shoulder Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ronald Gary Hayter, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1660 Gulf To Bay Boulevard
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ronald Hayter works as an orthopedist in Clearwater, FL and Palm Harbor, FL. Dr. Hayter has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Hayter trained at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Georgia for his residency. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis

All Interests: Shoulder Problems, Knee Problems, Hip Resurfacing, Tendonitis, Hip Arthroscopy, Shoulder ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Eugene Donnelly, PhD, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1660 Gulf To Bay Boulevard
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Robert Donnelly is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Donnelly is especially interested in back pain, minimally invasive spine surgery, and spine problems. The average patient rating for Dr. Donnelly is 2.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Donnelly (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Vietnamese, and Portuguese. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis

All Interests: Bursitis, Spinal Procedures, Back Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems, Hip Resurfacing, Spine ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Robert Piazza, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1011 Jeffords Street; Suite C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Piazza is a specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Clearwater, FL. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among Dr. Piazza's clinical interests: trigger point injections, lumbar laminectomy, and cervical (neck) spine problems. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After attending Penn State College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Jefferson University Hospitals. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Shoulder Fracture, Artificial Disc Replacement, ACL Injury, Knee Pain, Elbow ... (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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