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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.

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

Dr. Mahesh Bhambore is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Bhambore's professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Dr. Bhambore attended medical school at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and Bangalore University. He trained at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Bhambore (or staff) speaks Marathi and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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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. Dr. Lindsay honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama for her residency.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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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 is an adult rheumatology specialist. He graduated from Ponce School of Medicine. These areas are among Dr. Rodriguez-Velazquez's clinical interests: osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. He 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. His hospital/clinic 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's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Fierro include osteoporosis, lupus, and pregnancy. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of 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. 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 is a specialist in adult rheumatology. He works in Zephyrhills, FL and Land O Lakes, FL. Dr. Sikes's areas of clinical interest consist of rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma. He is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. He attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Sikes is in-network 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: , 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 is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. In his practice, Dr. Cronen focuses on cervical (neck) spine 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. Cronen graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program 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, Arthritis, Spine Problems, Cancer, Pain, ... (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. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Schulak include knee problems, spine problems, and hip problems. He studied medicine at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Schulak's residency was performed at Summa Akron City Hospital, Akron Children's Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. 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. Schulak welcomes new patients.

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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 is a specialist in orthopedic trauma, adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery, and sports medicine. He works in Lutz, FL and Tampa, FL. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Dr. Chan's areas of expertise include knee problems, radial keratotomy, and hip problems. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Chan 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

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

Dr. Stephen Raterman's medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Raterman include replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), hip arthroscopy, and sports health. Dr. Raterman is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Raterman's education and training includes medical school at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Georgia. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Florida Medical Clinic, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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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 works as a physiatrist and interventional pain specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. O'Donnell include nerve conduction studies (NCS) and electromyography (EMG). He is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. Dr. O'Donnell accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. O'Donnell studied medicine at the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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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 is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Wesley Chapel, FL, Zephyrhills, FL, and Tampa, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: knee arthroscopy and fractures (broken bones). Dr. Alexander takes 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 the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. He is professionally 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.