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We found 7 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept BlueCare All Copay 1565 near Fort Myers, FL.

Dr. George David Markovich, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
8350 Riverwalk Park Boulevard; Suite 1
Fort Myers, FL
 

Dr. George Markovich is a Fort Myers, FL physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Markovich has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He has indicated that his clinical interests include knee problems, foot problems, and shoulder problems. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Markovich takes. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC), Dr. Markovich attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2531 Cleveland Avenue; Suite 1
Fort Myers, FL
 

Dr. Paul Richards is a specialist in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Fort Myers, FL. Before performing his residency at Orlando Regional Medical Center, Dr. Richards attended the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Richards is rated highly by his patients. He takes 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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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
8350 Riverwalk Park Boulevard; Suite 1
Fort Myers, FL
 

Dr. David Heligman practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Fort Myers, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Heligman include arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and osteoporosis. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. 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 attended the University of Michigan Medical School and subsequently trained at Rush University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Heligman speaks Spanish. He welcomes new patients.

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Dr. John Curry Kagan, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2745 Swamp Cabbage Court
Fort Myers, FL
 

Dr. John Kagan is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Fort Myers, FL. He is especially interested in arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and sports health. Dr. Kagan studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. He has received a 4.0 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. Kagan has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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Dr. James Brian Sandoval Manzanares, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3210 Cleveland Avenue; Suite 100
Fort Myers, FL
 

Dr. James Manzanares sees patients in Kissimmee, FL and Fort Myers, FL. His medical specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. 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. Before performing his residency at Olmsted Community Hospital, Dr. Manzanares attended Mayo Medical School.

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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2531 Cleveland Avenue; Suite 1
Fort Myers, FL
 

Dr. Fletcher Reynolds, who practices in Fort Myers, FL, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). Dr. Reynolds 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 Boston University School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
8710 College Pky
Fort Myers, FL
 

Dr. Abbott Kagan is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of clinical interest consist of knee problems, shoulder problems, and hip problems. Dr. Kagan is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

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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.