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We found 7 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare Essential Health near Homestead, FL.

Dr. Charles Cole Nofsinger, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
13220 Usf Laurel Drive Mdc 5th Floor; Mdc 106
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Charles Nofsinger's areas of specialization are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Hospital for Special Surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Nofsinger include ankle sprain, hip injury, and neck problems. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Nofsinger 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. He is conversant in Swedish. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, the University of South Florida (USF) Health, and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). Dr. Nofsinger's 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. Juan Santiago Uribe, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Juan Uribe works as a neurosurgeon in Tampa, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Uribe include scoliosis, spinal cord injuries, and neuropathic pain. Dr. Uribe's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts 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 education and training includes medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). His distinctions include: Best Research Abstract, Annual SOLAS Meeting and Plantinum Annual Research Award, University of South Florida. His professional affiliations include 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: , rheumatoid arthritis

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

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

Dr. Mark Mighell is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient reviews placed Dr. Mighell at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and pain. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth for residency. Dr. Mighell (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, German, and French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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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 an orthopedic traumatologist, orthopedic reconstructive surgeon, and sports medicine specialist in Lutz, FL and Tampa, FL. His clinical interests include knee problems, radial keratotomy, and ankle problems. Patient ratings for Dr. Chan average 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 attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Chan is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, BayCare Medical Group, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis, arthritis

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

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

Dr. Thomas Freeman's specialty is neurosurgery. Before performing his residency at NYU Langone Medical Center, Dr. Freeman attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Freeman's areas of expertise include scoliosis, laminectomy, and bulging disc. The average patient rating for Dr. Freeman is 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. Freeman honors. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include 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. He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

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

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

Dr. Luis Kortright sees patients in Tampa, FL. His 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 Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Kortright's education and training includes medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. 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)

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

Dr. Steven Lyons' area of specialization is adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Lyons's areas of expertise include knee problems and hip problems. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lyons honors. He graduated from 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.