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

Dr. George Morris is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. His average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Morris's areas of expertise include the following: back pain, knee problems, and joint injections. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and a graduate of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Morris is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 160
  • Uninsured Cost: $366 - $418
  • Medicare Cost: $60 - $67
Dr. William Charles Cottrell, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 301
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. William Cottrell is an orthopedist and sports medicine specialist. He is conversant in Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cottrell include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama, Dr. Cottrell attended the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He 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. Dr. Cottrell welcomes new patients.

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

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 272
  • Uninsured Cost: $120
  • Medicare Cost: $62
Dr. Gordon Howard Zuerndorfer, MD
Specializes in Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1831 N Belcher Road; Suite G-1
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Gordon Zuerndorfer's specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Zuerndorfer include knee problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, and laser surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Zuerndorfer's residency was performed at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center.

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

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 22
  • Uninsured Cost: $351
  • Medicare Cost: $62
Dr. Richard Victor Abdo, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery, Foot & Ankle Surgery
1011 Jeffords Street; Suite C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Richard Abdo is a physician who specializes in adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery and foot & ankle surgery. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Abdo's areas of expertise include the following: trigger point injections, hand problems, and foot surgery. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center. Before completing his residency at Boston Medical Center, Dr. Abdo attended medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University. The average patient rating for Dr. Abdo is 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, .; Promotion with Commendation, SUNY, 1979, 1980.; and Lange Medical Publications Student Award, SUNY, .. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical Interests: Sports Health, Foot Surgery, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Total Knee Replacement, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 45
  • Uninsured Cost: $433
  • Medicare Cost: $59
Dr. Michael Robert Piazza, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1011 Jeffords Street; Suite C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Piazza works as a spine surgeon and orthopedist. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include trigger point injections, lumbar laminectomy, and cervical (neck) spine problems. Dr. Piazza is affiliated with Largo Medical Center. Dr. Piazza honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is a graduate of Penn State College of Medicine and a graduate of Jefferson University Hospitals' residency program.

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Clinical Interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Shoulder Fracture, Disc Replacement, ACL Injury, Knee Pain, Elbow Arthroscopy, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 148
  • Uninsured Cost: $452
  • Medicare Cost: $59
Dr. David Richmond Whiddon, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 301
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. David Whiddon works as an orthopedic reconstructive surgeon. His areas of expertise include arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and arthritis. He is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital. Dr. Whiddon accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.

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Clinical Interests: Sports Health, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Musculoskeletal Problems, Arthritis, Hip ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 100
  • Uninsured Cost: $148
  • Medicare Cost: $63
Dr. Anup Natwarlal Desai, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
908 S Fort Harrison Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Anup Desai practices general internal medicine. Dr. Desai's areas of expertise include diabetes, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and geriatric health. Patient ratings for Dr. Desai average 4.0 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. Desai honors. His education and training includes medical school at Government Medical College and residency at Coney Island Hospital. Dr. Desai (or staff) speaks the following languages: Gujarati and Hindi.

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Clinical Interests: Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Sexual Dysfunction, Shingles, Arrhythmias, Trigger Point Injections, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 28
  • Uninsured Cost: $85
  • Medicare Cost: $57
Dr. Nishin Sudhakar Tambay, MD
Specializes in Physiatry
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 301
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Nishin Tambay sees patients in Clearwater, FL. His medical specialty is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Tambay include back pain, trigger point injections, and joint injections. Dr. Tambay takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He attended B.J. Medical College, Pune and then went on to complete his residency at Sassoon General Hospital. Dr. Tambay (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Hindi. Dr. Tambay's hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Dunedin Hospital and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Sports Health, Auto Injuries, Concussion, Trigger Point Injections, Pain Management, Back Pain, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 139
  • Uninsured Cost: $111
  • Medicare Cost: $61
Dr. Michael Lee Rothberg, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 301
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Rothberg practices hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Clearwater, FL. Dr. Rothberg is conversant in Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rothberg include back pain, trigger point injections, and hand problems. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and a graduate of NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases' residency program. The average patient rating for Dr. Rothberg is 2.5 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.

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Clinical Interests: Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems, Trigger Point ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 21
  • Uninsured Cost: $108
  • Medicare Cost: $60
Michael Scott Werner
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Michael Werner practices podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. For his residency, Dr. Werner trained at Kennedy Memorial Hospital at Saddle Brook. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 24
  • Uninsured Cost: $104
  • Medicare Cost: $45
Dr. Demetrios Nicholas Kaiafas, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
430 Morton Plant Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Demetrios Kaiafas is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. His areas of expertise include back pain, sciatica, and trigger point injections. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University, Dr. Kaiafas attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. He speaks Greek. He is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Auto Injuries, Compression Fractures, Facet Injection, Neck Problems, Sciatica, Shingles, Epidural ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 33
  • Uninsured Cost: $326
  • Medicare Cost: $65
Dr. Adam Michael Rosen, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
612 Druid Road E
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Adam Rosen is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Rosen speaks Spanish. His clinical interests include back pain, trigger point injections, and fibromyalgia. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then he performed his residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Dr. Rosen's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He 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)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 119
  • Uninsured Cost: $115 - $151
  • Medicare Cost: $46 - $67
Dr. Eugenia R Rullan-Bidot, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
612 Druid Road E
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Eugenia Rullanbidot, who practices in Clearwater, FL, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. In addition to English, Dr. Rullanbidot speaks Spanish. Her areas of expertise include back pain, trigger point injections, and fibromyalgia. She attended medical school at Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Rullanbidot trained at Monmouth Medical Center. Dr. Rullanbidot's average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rullanbidot honors.

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

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 56
  • Uninsured Cost: $115 - $151
  • Medicare Cost: $46 - $60
Dr. Kenneth Philip Botwin, MD
Specializes in Physiatry
2250 Drew Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Kenneth Botwin sees patients in Clearwater, FL. His medical specialty is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). Dr. Botwin studied medicine at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Boston Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Botwin include back pain, pain management, and auto injuries. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Botwin speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Auto Injuries, Neck Problems, Back Pain, Pain Management

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 88
  • Uninsured Cost: $219
  • Medicare Cost: $50
Dr. John Early Kilgore, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 301
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. John Kilgore works as an orthopedic reconstructive surgeon. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kilgore has a special interest in knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). He is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, and Cigna, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine and a graduate of Mayo Clinic's residency program.

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Clinical Interests: Hip Problems, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Musculoskeletal Problems, Arthritis, Replacement ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 392
  • Uninsured Cost: $112
  • Medicare Cost: $59
Dr. Robert Eugene Donnelly, PhD, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1660 Gulf To Bay Boulevard
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Robert Donnelly's medical specialty is spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Donnelly trained at Mayo Clinic for his residency. He is especially interested in back pain, minimally invasive spine surgery, and spine problems. Dr. Donnelly's average rating from his patients is 2.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Donnelly (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Vietnamese, and Portuguese. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 40
  • Uninsured Cost: $148
  • Medicare Cost: $56

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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.