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We found 8 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare Essential Health near Homestead, FL.

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

Dr. David Leffers, who practices in Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include arthroscopic surgery, ankle sprain, and hip injury. Dr. Leffers 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 attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for residency. Dr. Leffers is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. 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. 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 is a Tampa, FL physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. On average, patients gave Dr. Nofsinger a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include ankle sprain, hip injury, and neck problems. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing his residency at Hospital for Special Surgery, Dr. Nofsinger attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is conversant in Swedish. Dr. Nofsinger is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, 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: , 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 specializes in neurosurgery. Dr. Uribe's areas of expertise include the following: scoliosis, spinal cord injuries, and neuropathic pain. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). After attending the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Uribe has received include Best Research Abstract, Annual SOLAS Meeting and Plantinum Annual Research Award, University of South Florida. He welcomes 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 works as an orthopedist. These areas are among his clinical interests: arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and pain. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mighell takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Dr. Mighell attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Mighell (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, German, and French. Dr. Mighell is professionally affiliated with 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's specialties are orthopedic trauma, adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery, and sports medicine. He practices in Lutz, FL and Tampa, FL. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Clinical interests for Dr. Chan include knee problems, radial keratotomy, and hip problems. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Chan takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include 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 sees patients in Tampa, FL. His medical specialty is neurosurgery. He attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Freeman's areas of expertise include the following: scoliosis, laminectomy, and bulging disc. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Freeman 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. Dr. Freeman's hospital/clinic 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. Luis Edgardo Kortright, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4600 N Habana; Suite 6
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Luis Kortright specializes in pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Tampa, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Kortright include knee problems, scoliosis, and carpal tunnel syndrome. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Kortright is accepting new patients. He studied medicine at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. He is conversant in 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 is an adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery specialist. In Dr. Lyons's practice, he is particularly interested in knee problems and hip problems. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 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. Lyons accepts. Dr. Lyons is a graduate of 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.