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We found 13 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Platinum near Palm Harbor, FL.

Dr. Akila Ananthakrishnan Iyer, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2626 Tampa Road; Suite 204
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Akila Ananthakrishnan is a general internist. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She attended medical school at Stanley Medical College. Dr. Ananthakrishnan trained at UPMC Shadyside for residency. She speaks the following foreign languages: Tamil and Malayalam. Dr. Ananthakrishnan is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Flu Shot, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Thyroid ... (Read more)

Dr. Rajesh Vinodchandra Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1162 Alternate 19 N
Holiday, FL
 

Dr. Rajesh Patel is an internist in Holiday, FL. He graduated from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). Dr. Patel's areas of expertise include the following: hypertension (high blood pressure), arthritis, and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). He accepts 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: Hypertension, Arthritis, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Antony George Sankoorikal, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2655 State Road 580; Suite 201
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Antony Sankoorikal specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Clearwater, FL. Dr. Sankoorikal is conversant in Malayalam. His areas of expertise include the following: fibromyalgia, lupus, and arthritis. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He attended medical school at Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. He trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for residency. Dr. Sankoorikal has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Lupus, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Dr. Tatiana Pavlovna Nagibina, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
32615 Us Highway 19 N; Suite 2
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Tatiana Nagibina is an adult rheumatology specialist in Palm Harbor, FL. Her areas of expertise include trigger point injections, lupus, and shoulder problems. Dr. Nagibina accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She graduated from Minsk State Medical Institute. She is conversant in Russian. Her professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bone Density Test, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Shoulder Problems, Fibromyalgia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ananda Som, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
30522 Us Highway 19 N; Suite 109
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Ananda Som practices general internal medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), trigger point injections, and holter monitoring. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Som 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. After completing medical school at Maulana Azad Medical College, he performed his residency at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Dr. Som (or staff) is conversant in Bengali and Hindi. Dr. Som is professionally affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Auto Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Percy Renato Bracamonte, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
646 Virginia Street; Suite 601
Dunedin, FL
 

Dr. Percy Bracamonte is a general internist and geriatrician. His clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), trigger point injections, and depression. 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. Bracamonte graduated from Cayetano Heredia University and then he performed his residency at Jersey City Medical Center. Dr. Bracamonte is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Medical Group and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Depression, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Dr. Douglas Lynn Jones, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
646 Virginia Street; Mease Medical Arts Ii Suite 204
Dunedin, FL
 

Dr. Douglas Jones works as an internist. His clinical interests include back pain, diabetes, and arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Jones honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He attended Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Holter Monitoring, Fibromyalgia, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Sexual Dysfunction, Shingles, Arthritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gordon Howard Zuerndorfer, MD
Specializes in Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2924 Bethany Place
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Gordon Zuerndorfer's specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Zuerndorfer include knee problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, and laser surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He honors 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 Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Zuerndorfer's residency was performed at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis, arthritis, gout

All Interests: Auto Injuries, Foot Surgery, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Implant Surgery, Shoulder Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ronald Gary Hayter, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
35111 Us 19 N.
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Ronald Hayter is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Georgia for residency. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Hayter accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis

All Interests: Shoulder Problems, Knee Problems, Hip Resurfacing, Tendonitis, Hip Arthroscopy, Shoulder ... (Read more)

Dr. Andrew Cade Messer, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
559 Austin Drive
Tarpon Springs, FL
 

Dr. Andrew Messer specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include trigger point injections, cervical (neck) spine problems, and lumbar fusion. Dr. Messer is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Messer graduated from Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Dalhousie University.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Auto Injuries, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Spinal Procedures, Fractures, Back Problems, Lower ... (Read more)

Dr. John Hyung Shim, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3890 Tampa Road; Suite 202
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. John Shim specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Palm Harbor, FL and Tampa, FL. Dr. Shim's areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, lumbar laminectomy, and cervical (neck) spine problems. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He 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. Dr. Shim attended State University of New York (SUNY) for medical school and subsequently trained at Montefiore Medical Center for residency. He is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis, arthritis

All Interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Auto Injuries, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Implant Surgery, Spinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Ronald Brian Williams, DO
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
37026 Us Hwy. 19 N.
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Ronald Williams is an orthopedic surgeon. Before performing his residency at Peninsula Hospital Center, Dr. Williams attended A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. Areas of expertise for Dr. Williams include auto injuries. Patient ratings for Dr. Williams average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Williams honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis

All Interests: Leg Fracture, Elbow Pain, Wrist Fracture, Shoulder Fracture, Auto Injuries, Elbow Fracture, Knee ... (Read more)

Dr. Christopher William Grayson, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
36413 Us Highway 19 N
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Christopher Grayson specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center for his residency. In Dr. Grayson's practice, he is particularly interested in knee problems, knee replacement, and total joint replacement. Dr. Grayson 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. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Femur Fracture, Hip Pain, Knee Pain, Knee Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems, Arthritis, 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.