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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 practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Fort Myers, FL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Markovich include knee problems, foot problems, and shoulder problems. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Markovich accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). He is conversant in Spanish.

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

Dr. P. Richards' medical specialty is hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. After attending the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Orlando Regional Medical Center. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Richards 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.

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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. Dr. Heligman has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Heligman include arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and osteoporosis. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School, he performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Heligman speaks Spanish. He is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Abbott Kagan is an orthopedist. In his practice, Dr. Kagan focuses on knee problems, shoulder problems, and hip problems. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Kagan is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kagan is a graduate of 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's specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Dr. Kagan's areas of expertise include arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and sports health. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kagan has received the distinction of 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' medical specialty is spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Manzanares takes 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 Mayo Medical School. He trained at Olmsted Community Hospital for his residency.

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

Dr. Fletcher Reynolds sees patients in Fort Myers, FL. His medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Reynolds accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He 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 works as an orthopedic surgeon in Cape Coral, FL and Fort Myers, FL. Dr. Martinez attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Martinez trained at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. These areas are among his clinical interests: replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), sports health, and arthritis. Dr. Martinez's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He 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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