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

Dr. George Markovich's specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Markovich's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise consist of knee problems, foot problems, and shoulder problems. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Markovich studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC) for his residency. He speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Ankle Problems, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. P. Richards specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He studied medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Richards's training includes a residency program at Orlando Regional Medical Center. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
8350 Riverwalk Park Boulevard; Suite 1
Fort Myers, FL
 

Dr. David Heligman specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Fort Myers, FL. His areas of expertise include arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and osteoporosis. Patient ratings for Dr. Heligman average 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Heligman's education and training includes medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School and residency at Rush University Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Abbott Kagan is an orthopedist in Fort Myers, FL and Cape Coral, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, shoulder problems, and hip problems. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Kagan is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2745 Swamp Cabbage Court
Fort Myers, FL
 

Dr. John Kagan specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient reviews placed Dr. Kagan at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and sports health. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kagan accepts. Dr. Kagan graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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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 a graduate of Mayo Medical School and a graduate of Olmsted Community Hospital's residency program. 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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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2531 Cleveland Avenue; Suite 1
Fort Myers, FL
 

Dr. Fletcher Reynolds is a Fort Myers, FL physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. These areas are among Dr. Reynolds's clinical interests: knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). Patient ratings for Dr. Reynolds average 4.5 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. Dr. Reynolds attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3033 Winkler Avenue
Fort Myers, FL
 

Dr. Roberto Martinez's specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Martinez's areas of expertise include the following: replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), sports health, and arthritis. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and performed his residency at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. Dr. Martinez speaks Spanish.

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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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