We found 16 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept BlueCare near Pinellas Park, FL.

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Dr. Michelle S Spuza Milord, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5100 Seminole Boulevard
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Michelle Spuza-Milord's specialty is adult rheumatology. She is rated highly by her patients. Her areas of expertise include the following: holistic medicine, fibromyalgia, and lupus. Dr. Spuza-Milord 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 Eugenio Maria de Hostos University. For her residency, Dr. Spuza-Milord trained at St. Francis Medical Center, Pittsburgh and Boston Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Spuza-Milord (or staff) speaks Spanish, Romanian, and Serbo-Croatian. She is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and BayCare Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis, gout

All Interests: Sarcoidosis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Scleroderma, Fibromyalgia, Holistic Medicine, Gout, ... (Read more)

Dr. Enriquie Jose Urrutia Jr., DO
Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics
12020 Seminole Boulevard
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Enrique Urrutia is a physician who specializes in family medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). His areas of expertise include the following: cysts, diabetes, and cryotherapy. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Urrutia accepts. He studied medicine at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Urrutia is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Depression, Pain, Cysts, Wounds, Allergies, Hypertension, Lung Problems, Surgical ... (Read more)

Dr. Pedro J Morales, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2191 9th Avenue N; Suite 220
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Pedro Morales' area of specialization is family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Morales include minor surgery, sleep apnea, and diabetes. He is affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital and Northside Hospital (Georgia). Dr. Morales's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis

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Dr. Jorge Antonio Rodriquez Jr., MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4600 4th Street North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Jorge Rodriguez practices hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Saint Petersburg, FL. His areas of expertise include arthroscopic surgery, heart problems, and knee ligament injury. Dr. Rodriguez is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Physician Partners. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at Atlanta Medical Center, Dr. Rodriguez attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Rodriguez (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, and Greek.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Auto Injuries, Elbow Problems, Scoliosis, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Lower Back Problems, Knee ... (Read more)

Dr. William Charles Cottrell, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
8839 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 240
Largo, FL
 

Dr. William Cottrell, who practices in Clearwater, FL and Largo, FL, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Cottrell's clinical interests include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). His professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Bardmoor Surgery Center, and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Cottrell obtained his medical school training at the University of Florida College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. The average patient rating for Dr. Cottrell is 3.5 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. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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

Dr. Robert L Swiggett Jr., MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4600 4th Street North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Robert Swiggett, who practices in Saint Petersburg, FL, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include knee replacement, knee ligament injury, and sports health. Dr. Swiggett 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 Dartmouth Medical School. Dr. Swiggett's medical residency was performed at Tufts Medical Center and New England Baptist Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems, Ankle ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas Michael Mixa, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5959 Central Avenue; Suite 101
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Thomas Mixa is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Saint Petersburg, FL. The average patient rating for Dr. Mixa is 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mixa include knee problems, hallux valgus (big toe bunion), and sports health. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mixa accepts. Before performing his residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Mixa attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Hallux Valgus, Sports Health, Auto Injuries, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard Thomas Herrick, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Foot & Ankle Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4820 Park Boulevard N
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Richard Herrick is a specialist in hand surgery, foot & ankle surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is especially interested in foot problems, hand problems, and wrist problems. 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. Herrick graduated from West Virginia University School of Medicine and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. His residency was performed at Ochsner Medical Center. Dr. Herrick (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and German. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Bardmoor Surgery Center, and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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

Dr. Steven Brian Warren, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
6500 66th Street North; Tampa Bay Orthopaedic Specialists - 66th Street
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Steven Warren is an adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery specialist. His areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, knee replacement, and sports health. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Warren takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before completing his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, and Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dr. Warren attended medical school at Yale School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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Dr. Anthony Stanek Albert, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
5880 49th Street North; Suite 104 Northside Professional Complex
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Anthony Albert works as an orthopedist and sports medicine specialist. He speaks French. Dr. Albert is especially interested in knee problems, arthritis, and sports health. His professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, Bardmoor Surgery Center, and St. Petersburg General Hospital. Dr. Albert is a graduate of Medical College of Georgia. His training includes residency programs at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and Children's Hospital. He 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.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Shoulder Problems, Knee Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems, Arthritis, MRI

Dr. Vladimir Allan Alexander, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
12416 66th Street
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Vladimir Alexander's specialties are hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Alexander is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Alexander include knee problems, sports health, and laser treatment. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Alexander attended medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Russian. Dr. Alexander is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Bone Density Test, Shoulder Problems, Knee Problems, Laser Treatment, Surgical ... (Read more)

Dr. Kurt C Hirshorn, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4600 4th Street N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Kurt Hirshorn's area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Hirshorn has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hirshorn include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and sports health. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hirshorn attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Atlanta Medical Center. Dr. Hirshorn (or staff) speaks Lao and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis, arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Joint Surgery, Revision Hip Arthroplasty, Fractures, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Daniel Penello, MBA, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
12416 66th Street; Suite A
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Daniel Penello is a hand surgeon and orthopedic surgeon in Largo, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. In addition to English, he speaks Italian. Dr. Penello's clinical interests include knee problems, sports health, and laser treatment. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and St. Petersburg General Hospital. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Penello completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Penello accepts 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: Sports Health, Wrist Problems, Bone Density Test, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Knee Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Venkata G Budharaju, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
8839 Bryan Dairy Road
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Venkata Budharaju's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. He is a graduate of Osmania Medical College and a graduate of Pennsylvania Hospital's residency program. His areas of expertise include the following: menopause, migraine, and depression. Dr. Budharaju has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Budharaju (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis, arthritis

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Dr. John Nicholas Harker, DO
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
12955 Seminole Boulevard
Largo, FL
 

Dr. John Harker sees patients in Clearwater, FL and Largo, FL. His medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Harker's clinical interests include knee problems, hip replacement, and knee replacement. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.0 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. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU), Dr. Harker attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. Dr. Harker is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Auto Injuries, Elbow Problems, Joint Surgery, Elbow Surgery, Shoulder Problems, ... (Read more)

Joseph Henry Strickland
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
9371 Us Highway 19 N; Suite B
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Strickland specializes in podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: bunion surgery, foot problems, and trigger point injections. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Strickland is professionally affiliated with Carillon Surgery Center, Tampa Community Hospital, and Physicians Surgery Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gout

All Interests: Plantar Fasciitis, Bunion Surgery, Fibromyalgia, Ingrown Nails, Bone Problems, Ankle Problems, ... (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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