We found 5 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept Medicaid near Palm Harbor, FL.

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Dr. Antony G 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. His average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: fibromyalgia, lupus, and arthritis. Dr. Sankoorikal honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He is conversant in Malayalam. Dr. Sankoorikal's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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

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

Dr. Akila Ananthakrishnan is an internist. She is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital. 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. Dr. Ananthakrishnan attended Stanley Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at UPMC Shadyside. In addition to English, she speaks Tamil and Malayalam.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

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

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

Dr. Ananda Som is a general internist. He studied medicine at Maulana Azad Medical College. Dr. Som trained at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science for his residency. His areas of expertise include the following: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), trigger point injections, and holter monitoring. Dr. Som's average patient rating is 4.5 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. In addition to English, Dr. Som (or staff) speaks Bengali and Hindi. Dr. Som is affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Gordon Zuerndorfer is a physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. After attending Boston University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. His clinical interests include knee problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, and laser surgery. Dr. Zuerndorfer's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Zuerndorfer is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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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 an orthopedic surgeon in Clearwater, FL and Palm Harbor, FL. Dr. Hayter is rated highly by his patients. 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. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. For his residency, Dr. Hayter trained at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Hayter is professionally 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)

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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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