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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 works as an orthopedic surgeon in Fort Myers, FL. He is rated highly by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: knee problems, foot problems, and shoulder problems. Dr. Markovich honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC) for residency. Dr. Markovich speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. David Heligman's area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. After attending the University of Michigan Medical School, Dr. Heligman completed his residency training at Rush University Medical Center. His areas of expertise include arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and osteoporosis. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Heligman takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is open to 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. He has a special interest in arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and sports health. Dr. Kagan attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Patients gave him an average 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. Kagan takes. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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' medical specialty is spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Mayo Medical School and performed his residency at Olmsted Community Hospital.

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

Dr. Abbott Kagan, who practices in Fort Myers, FL and Cape Coral, FL, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include knee problems, shoulder problems, and hip problems. Dr. Kagan is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He graduated from 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.
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