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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 Fort Myers, FL physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Markovich trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC) for his residency. His areas of expertise consist of knee problems, foot problems, and shoulder problems. On average, patients gave him a rating of 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. Markovich takes. Dr. Markovich speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Paul Richards' specialties are hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Richards's average rating from his patients is 5.0 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. Richards takes. Before completing his residency at Orlando Regional Medical Center, Dr. Richards attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

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

Dr. David Heligman is an orthopedic surgeon. He attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School. His training includes a residency program at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Heligman's areas of expertise include the following: arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and osteoporosis. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Heligman honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. John Kagan works as an orthopedist in Fort Myers, FL. Dr. Kagan's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kagan include 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 takes. He studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. 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 is a spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Manzanares attended Mayo Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Olmsted Community Hospital.

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

Dr. Abbott Kagan's specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. In his practice, he is particularly interested in knee problems, shoulder problems, and hip problems. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kagan honors. He is a graduate of 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 an orthopedic surgeon in Fort Myers, FL. The average patient rating for Dr. Reynolds is 4.5 stars out of 5. 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. Dr. Reynolds studied medicine 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. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Martinez include replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), sports health, and arthritis. He 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. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then he performed his residency at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. In addition to English, 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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