We found 12 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 M Bhambore, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
21762 State Road 54
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. Mahesh Bhambore's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bhambore include heart problems, high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), and wellness visit. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and Bangalore University and residency at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center. Dr. Bhambore (or staff) speaks Marathi and Hindi. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Immunization, Hypertension, Vaccines, Heart Problems, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Arthritis, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Samantha Lindsay is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lindsay include steroid injections, warts, and allergic contact dermatitis. Dr. Lindsay is affiliated with Medical Center of Trinity. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama for her residency. She 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: , arthritis

All Interests: Warts, Adolescent Gynecology, Adolescent Issues, Cryosurgery, Bursitis, Contraception, Family ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Alicia Fierro's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Fierro's areas of expertise include the following: 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 professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

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

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

Dr. Ernesto Rodriguez is an adult rheumatology specialist. Dr. Rodriguez's clinical interests include osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended medical school at Ponce School of Medicine. His 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. David Sikes, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Land O Lakes - Multi Specialty Campus; 2100 Via Bella Boulevard
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. David Sikes is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. He attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. In his practice, Dr. Sikes focuses on rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma. Dr. Sikes is rated highly by his patients. 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. Dr. Sikes is professionally 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
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Geoffrey Cronen is a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Cronen include spinal deformity and cervical (neck) spine problems. Dr. Cronen 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. Dr. Cronen is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University. His professional affiliations include Florida Hospital Tampa, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, and Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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 practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Tampa, FL. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Schulak's clinical interests include knee problems, spine problems, and hip problems. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has an open panel. Dr. Schulak is a graduate of Yale School of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at Summa Akron City Hospital, Akron Children's Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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

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

Dr. Stephen Raterman is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine specialist. Dr. Raterman's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He has a special interest in replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), hip arthroscopy, and sports health. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. 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. Dr. Raterman's professional affiliations include Florida Hospital Tampa, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, and Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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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 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. Dennis Edward Jones, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4211 Van Dyke Road; Suite 200
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. Dennis Jones practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Jones include hip replacement, knee problems, and knee replacement. 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. Jones attended the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Brooke Army Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital - North, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Gerald Alexander sees patients in Wesley Chapel, FL, Zephyrhills, FL, and Tampa, FL. His medical specialties are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Alexander include knee arthroscopy and fractures (broken bones). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alexander takes. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Dr. Alexander is professionally affiliated with Florida Hospital Tampa, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, and 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)

Dr. Casey 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 physician who specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and interventional pain medicine. Dr. O'Donnell's areas of expertise include nerve conduction studies (NCS) and electromyography (EMG). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. O'Donnell honors. He attended medical school at the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis

All Interests: Electromyography, Nerve Conduction Studies, Osteoarthritis

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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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