We found 15 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare Essential Health near Homestead, FL.

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Dr. John D Carter, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5802 N. 30th Street, Tampa; Floor 33613
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. John Carter works as an adult rheumatologist. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. In his practice, he is particularly interested in osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Carter is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Carter honors. Dr. Carter is open to new patients. He attended St. Louis University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Outstanding Faculty Research Award, USF Health; America's Most Compassionate Doctors Award; and Patients' Choice Recognition Award.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis, gout, ankylosing spondylitis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatic Diseases, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2605 W Swann Avenue; Suite 600
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Leni Kramer specializes in adult rheumatology. Dr. Kramer obtained her medical school training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and performed her residency at Jacobi Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kramer include fibromyalgia, joint injections, and lupus. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis, gout

All Interests: Fibromyalgia, Gout, Arthritis, Lupus, Joint Problems, Pain, Joint Injections

Dr. Charles Cole Nofsinger, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
13220 Usf Laurel Drive Mdc106
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Charles Nofsinger's areas of specialization are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Nofsinger include ankle sprain, hip injury, and sports health. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Hospital for Special Surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Nofsinger speaks Swedish. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, the University of South Florida (USF) Health, and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis, arthritis

All Interests: Ankle Sprain, Sports Health, ACL Injury, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Edward Henry George Becker III, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
1155 S Dale Mabry Highway; Suite 8
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Edward Becker practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Becker include strains, arthroscopic surgery, and pain. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland. Dr. Becker is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Winter Haven Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph's Hospital - South.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis, arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Bursitis, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Strains, Arthroscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. David Leffers, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
13220 Usf Laurel Drive - Mdc 106
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. David Leffers practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine in Tampa, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Leffers include arthroscopic surgery, ankle sprain, and hip injury. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Leffers honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Leffers is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Leffers trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis, arthritis

All Interests: Ankle Sprain, Sports Health, ACL Injury, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas B Freeman, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Thomas Freeman works as a neurosurgeon in Tampa, FL. He obtained his medical school training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and performed his residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Freeman's areas of expertise include scoliosis, laminectomy, and bulging disc. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He 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. Dr. Freeman has received the following distinctions: The Molly & Bernard Sanberg Memorial Award, American Society of Neural Therapy and Repair; Best Doctors in America, US News and World Reports; and Top 1% of Neurosurgeons in the U.S., US News and World Reports. His professional affiliations include the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). Dr. Freeman has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Bone Spurs, Sacroiliac Joint Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scoliosis, Spinal Instrumentation, ... (Read more)

Dr. Juan S Uribe, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Juan Uribe works as a neurosurgeon. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Uribe include scoliosis, spinal cord injuries, and thoracic herniated disc. His professional affiliations include the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Uribe's practice is open to new patients. He attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Uribe completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He has received the following distinctions: Best Research Abstract, Annual SOLAS Meeting and Plantinum Annual Research Award, University of South Florida.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scoliosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Spine ... (Read more)

Dr. Luis Edgardo Kortright, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4600 N Habana; Suite 6
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Luis Kortright's medical specialty is pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Kortright's areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, scoliosis, and carpal tunnel syndrome. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Women's Hospital and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kortright takes. He welcomes new patients. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico, Dr. Kortright attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Implant Surgery, Scoliosis, Shoulder Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Allen Mighell, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
909 N Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Mark Mighell practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Mighell's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. His clinical interests include arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and pain. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, St. Joseph Children's Hospital, and Memorial Hospital of Tampa. Dr. Mighell accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Mighell trained at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. Dr. Mighell (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, German, and French.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, Musculoskeletal Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. John Chi-Ching Chan, MD
Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma, Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery, Sports Medicine
2727 Dr Martin Luther King Boulevard; Suite 320
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. John Chan is a specialist in orthopedic trauma, adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery, and sports medicine. He works in Lutz, FL and Tampa, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chan include knee problems, radial keratotomy, and ganglion cyst. The average patient rating for Dr. Chan is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Chan accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) for his residency. Dr. Chan speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and BayCare Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis, arthritis

All Interests: Radial Keratotomy, Sports Health, Elbow Problems, Implant Surgery, Shoulder Problems, Bone ... (Read more)

Dr. Scott Eric Goldsmith, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4541 S. Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Scott Goldsmith specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. These areas are among Dr. Goldsmith's clinical interests: pain, carpal tunnel surgery, and sports health. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Winter Haven Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph's Hospital - South. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Goldsmith accepts. Dr. Goldsmith attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and subsequently trained at Lenox Hill Hospital for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis, arthritis, gout

All Interests: Sports Health, Bursitis, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Strains, Arthroscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Benjamin James Maxson, DO
Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma
5 Tampa General Circle; Suite 710
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Benjamin Maxson works as an orthopedic traumatologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Maxson include hip replacement, knee replacement, and carpal tunnel surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Tampa Community Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. Dr. Maxson graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Maxson's residency was performed at Grandview Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: ACL Injury, Foot Surgery, Elbow Surgery, Shoulder Surgery, Fractures, Musculoskeletal Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeffrey Dean Watson, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4541 South Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Jeffrey Watson's area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Watson's areas of expertise include strains, arthroscopic surgery, and pain. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and Winter Haven Women's Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at Georgetown University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland. Dr. Watson honors 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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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis, arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, ACL Injury, Bursitis, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Joint Surgery, Shoulder ... (Read more)

Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4 Columbial Drive; Suite 710
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Arthur Walling is a foot & ankle surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Walling include foot problems and ankle problems. He graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, Ankle Problems, Arthritis, Cancer, Foot Problems, Metabolic Bone ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
909 N. Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Steven Lyons' specialty is adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lyons has a special interest in knee problems and hip problems. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Rush Medical College.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Fractures, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Arthritis, Pain, Hip Problems, Osteoporosis, ... (Read more)

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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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