We found 11 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions All Copay near Lutz, FL.

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Dr. Mahesh Mohan Bhambore, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
21762 State Road 54
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. Mahesh Bhambore practices general internal medicine in Lutz, FL and Tampa, FL. Dr. Bhambore attended medical school at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and Bangalore University. His medical residency was performed at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. In addition to English, Dr. Bhambore (or staff) speaks Marathi and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Bhambore is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Samantha Sue Lindsay, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
16541 Pointe Village Drive; Suite 211
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. Samantha Lindsay works as a family practice physician in Lutz, FL. Dr. Lindsay accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After completing medical school at Ross University School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama.

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Dr. Ernesto Jose Rodriguez-Velazquez, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Land O Lakes - Multi Specialty Campus; 2100 Via Bella Boulevard
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. Ernesto Rodriguez-Velazquez sees patients in Land O Lakes, FL and Zephyrhills, FL. His medical specialty is adult rheumatology. His areas of expertise include the following: osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Rodriguez-Velazquez attended medical school at Ponce School of Medicine. Dr. Rodriguez-Velazquez's professional affiliations include Florida Medical Clinic and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH).

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, gout

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Osteoporosis

Dr. Alicia Marie Baillargeon, DO
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Land O Lakes - Multi Specialty Campus; 2100 Via Bella Boulevard
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. Alicia Fierro works as an adult rheumatologist in Zephyrhills, FL and Land O Lakes, FL. Dr. Fierro's clinical interests include osteoporosis, lupus, and pregnancy. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Lupus, Osteoporosis, Rheumatic Diseases, Pregnancy

Dr. David Hilton Sikes, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Land O Lakes - Multi Specialty Campus; 2100 Via Bella Boulevard
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. David Sikes works as a rheumatologist. Dr. Sikes studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Sikes include rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma. Patient ratings for Dr. Sikes average 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sikes is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma

Dr. Geoffrey Alan Cronen, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
14547 Bruce B Downs Boulevard; Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Geoffrey Cronen specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Cronen include spinal deformity and cervical (neck) spine problems. He is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University. He is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic and Tampa General Hospital (TGH).

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All Interests: Sports Health, Fractures, Cervical Spine Problems, Spinal Deformity, Arthritis, Spine Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. David J Schulak, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
13701 Bruce B Downs Boulevard; Suite 115
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. David Schulak specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Tampa, FL. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Schulak include knee problems, spine problems, and hip problems. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Schulak is open to new patients. He is a graduate of Yale School of Medicine. He trained at Summa Akron City Hospital, Akron Children's Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Hip Problems, Osteoporosis, Knee Problems, Arthritis, Spine Problems, Replacement Arthroplasty

Dr. John Chi-Ching Chan, MD
Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma, Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery, Sports Medicine
4211 Vandyke Road; Suite 200
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. John Chan's medical specialty is orthopedic trauma, adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery, and sports medicine. Dr. Chan is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include knee problems, radial keratotomy, and ganglion cyst. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, BayCare Medical Group, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. Dr. Chan is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Chan is in-network for 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

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Dr. Stephen John Raterman, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
14547 Bruce B Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Stephen Raterman is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Raterman average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Raterman is especially interested in replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), hip arthroscopy, and sports health. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Florida Medical Clinic, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. Dr. Raterman 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 Louisville School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Georgia.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Musculoskeletal ... (Read more)

Dr. Casey John O Donnell, DO
Specializes in Physiatry, Interventional Pain Medicine
2100 Via Bella Boulevard; Suite 103
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. Casey O'Donnell is a medical specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and interventional pain medicine. Dr. O'Donnell is a graduate of the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine. His clinical interests encompass nerve conduction studies (NCS) and electromyography (EMG). He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis

All Interests: Electromyography, Nerve Conduction Studies, Osteoarthritis

Dr. Gerald Edward Alexander Trey III, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
14547 Bruce B Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Gerald Alexander specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Wesley Chapel, FL, Zephyrhills, FL, and Tampa, FL. Dr. Alexander has a special interest in knee arthroscopy and fractures (broken bones). 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 is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Dr. Alexander is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Fractures, Knee Problems, Arthritis, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement, Outpatient Care, Knee ... (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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