We found 7 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept BlueCare Everyday Health 1490 near Fort Myers, FL.

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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 is a physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Markovich's areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, foot problems, and shoulder problems. He studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). Dr. Markovich's average rating from his patients is 4.5 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 Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2531 Cleveland Avenue; Suite 1
Fort Myers, FL
 

Dr. Paul Richards practices hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Fort Myers, FL. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average 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. After attending the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Richards completed his residency training at Orlando Regional Medical Center.

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

Dr. David Heligman is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Fort Myers, FL. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Heligman's clinical interests: arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and osteoporosis. After attending the University of Michigan Medical School, he completed his residency training at Rush University Medical Center. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Heligman has an open panel.

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

Dr. John Kagan is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. He attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. In Dr. Kagan's practice, he is particularly interested in arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and sports health. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kagan is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has received the following distinction: 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 is a specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Kissimmee, FL and Fort Myers, FL. He attended Mayo Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Olmsted Community 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.

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

Dr. Abbott Kagan works as an orthopedist. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include knee problems, shoulder problems, and hip problems. Dr. Kagan honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine.

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

Dr. Fletcher Reynolds is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). He is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Reynolds is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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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