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We found 21 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept BlueCare near Pinellas Park, FL.

Dr. Akila Ananthakrishnan Iyer, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
218 Pasadena Avenue S; Suite 218
St. Petersburg, 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. Allen Finkelstein, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
10225 Ulmerton Road; 1a
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Allen Finkelstein practices family medicine. Dr. Finkelstein (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew and Spanish. Dr. Finkelstein is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center. After completing medical school at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, he performed his residency at Largo Medical Center. Dr. Finkelstein is rated highly by his patients. 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: , osteoarthritis

All Interests: Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Skin Cancer, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kavita Bakthavatsalam Rao, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4957 38th Avenue North; Suite C
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Kavita Rao specializes in general internal medicine. Patients gave Dr. Rao an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Her training includes a residency program at Hurley Medical Center. Dr. Rao (or staff) speaks the following languages: Tamil, Hindi, and Indonesian.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Depression, Hypertension, Skin Cancer, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Obesity, Asthma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Linda Scott Morse, MPH, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics
5800 49th Street N; Suite S-201
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Linda Morse's areas of specialization are family medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). After completing medical school at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. The average patient rating for Dr. Morse is 1.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Morse honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Morse speaks Thai. She is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis

All Interests: Depression, Osteoporosis, Breast Issues, Electrocardiogram, Pap Test, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ingrid Zumaran, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
9555 Seminole Boulevard; Suite 104
Seminole, FL
 

Dr. Ingrid Zumaran's medical specialty is general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). She trained at Lutheran Medical Center for her residency. Dr. Zumaran accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Zumaran (or staff) speaks Spanish, Czech, and Slovak. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis

All Interests: Immunization, Hypertension, Physical Exams, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Chronic Obstructive ... (Read more)

Dr. Apurva Bharat Shah, MPH, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
13220 Belcher Road S; Unit 11
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Apurva Shah is a general internist in Largo, FL. Before completing his residency at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center, Dr. Shah attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and Topiwala National Medical College. The average patient rating for Dr. Shah is 1.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis

All Interests: Immunization, Hypertension, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Obesity, Pulmonary Function Test, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jason Hal Howard, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
13787 Belcher Road S; Suite 100
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Jason Howard practices family medicine. Dr. Howard is affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital. 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. After completing medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, he performed his residency at Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis

All Interests: Depression, Hypertension, Skin Cancer, Heart Problems, Minor Surgery, Urinalysis, Physical Exams, ... (Read more)

Dr. Bhanuprasad J Patel, MD
Specializes in General Practice, General Internal Medicine
6101 9th Street N.
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Bhanuprasad Patel sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Patel's areas of clinical interest consist of high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), arthritis, and coronary artery disease. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patel accepts. After completing medical school at M.P. Shah Medical College, he performed his residency at VA Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Urdu, Gujarati, and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Arthritis, High Cholesterol, Coronary Artery Disease

Dr. Sonal N Shah, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6450 38th Avenue N; Suite 100
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Sonal Shah's medical specialty is general internal medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: hepatitis, lupus, and auto injuries. Dr. Shah's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital. She studied medicine at B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad. For her professional training, Dr. Shah completed residency programs at Christ Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Shah has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Hepatitis, Auto Injuries, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Dizziness, Immunization, Women's ... (Read more)

Dr. Mary Jane King, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8130 66th Street N; Suite 1
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Mary King practices general internal medicine in Pinellas Park, FL. Dr. King is affiliated with Largo Medical Center. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis

All Interests: Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Skin Cancer, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Richard Herrick is a hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Pinellas Park, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: foot problems, hand problems, and wrist problems. Dr. Herrick 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. His education and training includes medical school at West Virginia University School of Medicine and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Ochsner Medical Center. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis, arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Foot Surgery, Neck Pain, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rafat Saad Nashed, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5880 49th Street North; Suite 104 North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Rafat Nashed, who practices in Saint Petersburg, FL, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Nashed (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Spanish, and French. In his practice, Dr. Nashed focuses on total joint replacement. His professional affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital. After attending SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Maimonides Medical Center. Dr. Nashed is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis

All Interests: Leg Fracture, Ankle Sprain, Shoulder Fracture, Elbow Fracture, ACL Injury, Knee Sprain, Shoulder ... (Read more)

Dr. Vijaya Lakshmi Cherukuri, MD
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine, Geriatrics
218 Pasadena Avenue S
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Vijaya Cherukuri practices adult hospital medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Cherukuri (or staff) is conversant in Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cherukuri include depression, heart problems, and hernia. She is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Before completing her residency at Long Island College Hospital, Dr. Cherukuri attended medical school at Andhra Medical College and Rangaraya Medical College. 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: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Depression, Flu Shot, Bone Marrow Aspiration, Abdominal Paracentesis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Burns, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Anthony Albert is an orthopedist and sports medicine specialist. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Albert studied medicine at Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia. He trained at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Children's Hospital Boston for residency. In addition to English, he speaks French. He is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, arthritis

All Interests: Leg Fracture, Ankle Sprain, Sports Health, Shoulder Fracture, Elbow Fracture, ACL Injury, Knee ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Kurt Hirshorn, who practices in Saint Petersburg, FL, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. After attending the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Hirshorn completed his residency training at Atlanta Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hirshorn include hip replacement, knee problems, and arthroscopic surgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Hirshorn 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 is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Fractures, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Musculoskeletal Problems, Arthritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ahmad Reza Reza Nematbakhsh, DO
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5880 49th Street N; Suite 104
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Ahmadreza Nematbakhsh's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery; he sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing his residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Dr. Nematbakhsh attended Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. His professional affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis

All Interests: Leg Fracture, Ankle Sprain, Kyphoplasty, Wrist Fracture, Sports Health, Shoulder Fracture, 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.