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 works as a general internist in Lutz, FL and Tampa, FL. Dr. Bhambore's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He attended Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and Bangalore University and then went on to complete his residency at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center. Dr. Bhambore (or staff) is conversant in Marathi and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Hypertension, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Arthritis, Spirometry, High Cholesterol, Chronic ... (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 specializes in adult rheumatology. Dr. Fierro's areas of expertise consist of osteoporosis, lupus, and pregnancy. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She studied medicine at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Fierro 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. Samantha Sue Lindsay, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
16541 Pointe Village Drive; Suite 211
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. Samantha Lindsay's medical specialty is family medicine. After attending Ross University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. She 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: Warts, Adolescent Gynecology, Adolescent Issues, Cryosurgery, Bursitis, Family Planning, Burns, ... (Read more)

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, who practices in Land O Lakes, FL and Zephyrhills, FL, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. He is especially interested in osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. Dr. Rodriguez 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 graduated from Ponce School of Medicine. He is affiliated with 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 an adult rheumatologist in Zephyrhills, FL and Land O Lakes, FL. Dr. Sikes is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sikes include rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. 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; Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Geoffrey Cronen works as a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Cronen's areas of expertise include the following: spinal deformity and cervical (neck) spine 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. Dr. Cronen obtained his medical school training at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University. He is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic and Tampa General Hospital (TGH).

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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 is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Tampa, FL. Dr. Schulak obtained his medical school training at Yale School of Medicine and performed his residency at Summa Akron City Hospital, Akron Children's Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. His areas of expertise include knee problems, spine problems, and hip problems. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Schulak takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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

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

Dr. Dennis Jones works as an orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Jones's areas of expertise include hip replacement, knee problems, and knee replacement. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Jones honors. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and a graduate of Brooke Army Medical Center's residency program. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, BayCare Medical Group, and St. Joseph's Women'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. 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 specialties are orthopedic trauma, adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery, and sports medicine. Dr. Chan obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Areas of expertise for Dr. Chan include knee problems, radial keratotomy, and ganglion cyst. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. 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. In addition to English, Dr. Chan speaks Spanish. He 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. 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 specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and interventional pain medicine. These areas are among Dr. O'Donnell's clinical interests: nerve conduction studies (NCS) and electromyography (EMG). He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. O'Donnell is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis

All Interests: Electromyography, Nerve Conduction Studies, Osteoarthritis

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

Dr. Stephen Raterman's specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Raterman's areas of expertise include the following: replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), hip arthroscopy, and sports health. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Florida Medical Clinic, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. Raterman's training includes a residency program 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. Gerald Edward Alexander Trey III, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
14547 Bruce B Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Gerald Alexander practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Alexander include knee arthroscopy and fractures (broken bones). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. He 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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