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We found 23 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept BlueCare near Pinellas Park, FL.

Dr. Robert Michael Pepper, MD, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
8200 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 101
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Robert Pepper is a physician who specializes in family medicine and emergency medicine. He is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Dr. Pepper studied medicine at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis

All Interests: Gynecologic Cancer, Hypertension, Obesity, High Cholesterol, Injuries, Breast Exam, Menopause, ... (Read more)

Dr. Akila Ananthakrishnan Iyer, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
218 Pasadena Avenue S; Suite 218
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Akila Ananthakrishnan's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Ananthakrishnan graduated from Stanley Medical College. She trained at UPMC Shadyside for residency. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She speaks Tamil and Malayalam. She is professionally 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. Kavita Bakthavatsalam Rao, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4957 38th Avenue North; Suite C
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Kavita Rao's area of specialization is general internal medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Rao (or staff) speaks Tamil, Hindi, and Indonesian. Her professional affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital. She trained at Hurley Medical Center for her residency. Patient ratings for Dr. Rao average 4.0 stars out of 5. She 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: , osteoarthritis

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

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

Dr. Vijaya Cherukuri's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care); she sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cherukuri include depression, heart problems, and hernia. 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 graduated from Andhra Medical College and Rangaraya Medical College and then she performed her residency at Long Island College Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Cherukuri (or staff) speaks Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi. She is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Depression, Flu Shot, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Heart Problems, Physical ... (Read more)

Dr. Allen Finkelstein, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
10225 Ulmerton Road; 1a
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Allen Finkelstein works as a family practitioner. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. 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. Finkelstein graduated from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Largo Medical Center. Dr. Finkelstein (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Spanish. Dr. Finkelstein is professionally affiliated with 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. Linda Scott Morse, MPH, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics
5800 49th Street North; Suite S-201
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Linda Morse's specialties are family medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Patient ratings for Dr. Morse average 1.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Morse's professional affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She graduated from Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. In addition to English, she speaks Thai.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis

All Interests: Depression, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Asthma, Breast Exam, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Apurva Shah's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital. He studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and Topiwala National Medical College. His medical residency was performed at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center. 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.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis

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

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

Dr. Ingrid Zumaran specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) and practices in Seminole, FL and Tampa, FL. Dr. Zumaran (or staff) speaks Spanish, Czech, and Slovak. She is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. Dr. Zumaran completed her residency training at Lutheran Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zumaran honors.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis

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

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

Dr. Jason Howard works as a family practitioner in Tampa, FL and Largo, FL. Dr. Howard's professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital. He attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Largo Medical Center for residency. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis

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

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

Dr. Mary King works as an internist in Tampa, FL and Pinellas Park, FL. Her average rating from her patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. King is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. King accepts. After attending A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training 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. Bhanuprasad J Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6101 9th Street N.
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Bhanuprasad Patel specializes in general practice and general internal medicine and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL. He has indicated that his clinical interests include high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), arthritis, and coronary artery disease. Dr. Patel 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 obtained his medical school training at M.P. Shah Medical College and 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. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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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 area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Shah obtained her medical school training at B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad and performed her residency at Christ Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Her areas of expertise include the following: hepatitis, lupus, and auto injuries. The average patient rating for Dr. Shah is 2.0 stars out of 5. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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

Dr. John Lindsey Shover, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics
8133 54th Avenue N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. John Shover practices family medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) in Saint Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Shover accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. He studied medicine at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Depression, Ear Infection, Pap Test, Parkinson's Disease, Hypertension, Pneumonia, ... (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 specialist in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Herrick include foot problems, hand problems, and wrist problems. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at Ochsner Medical Center, Dr. Herrick attended medical school at West Virginia University School of Medicine and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.

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

Dr. Kurt Hirshorn specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: hip replacement, knee problems, and arthroscopic surgery. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Hirshorn is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Hirshorn trained at Atlanta Medical Center. 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, Scoliosis, Fractures, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Musculoskeletal 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 is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. His clinical interests include total joint replacement. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nashed takes. He attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Maimonides Medical Center. Dr. Nashed (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Spanish, and French. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center.

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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)

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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.