We found 19 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 practices general internal medicine. Dr. Ananthakrishnan accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Her education and training includes medical school at Stanley Medical College and residency at UPMC Shadyside. She is conversant in Tamil and Malayalam. She 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. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Finkelstein 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 obtained his medical school training at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at Largo Medical Center. Dr. Finkelstein (or staff) speaks the following languages: 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. 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. Patient ratings for Dr. Rao average 4.0 stars out of 5. 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 trained at Hurley Medical Center for her residency. In addition to English, Dr. Rao (or staff) speaks Tamil, Hindi, and Indonesian. Dr. Rao's professional affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis

All Interests: Depression, Cryosurgery, Hypertension, Skin Cancer, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Obesity, Asthma, ... (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. He is rated 1.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Shah 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 and Topiwala National Medical College. He trained at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi. Dr. Shah's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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 in Largo, FL. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital. He graduated from Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Howard completed his residency training at Largo Medical Center. He 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: , osteoarthritis

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

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

Dr. Ingrid Zumaran practices general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Zumaran's residency was performed at Lutheran Medical Center. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Zumaran (or staff) speaks Spanish, Czech, and Slovak. Dr. Zumaran is professionally affiliated with 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. Sonal N Shah, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6450 38th Avenue N; Suite 100
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Sonal Shah sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. Her medical specialty is general internal medicine. Her areas of expertise include hepatitis, lupus, and auto injuries. Her patients gave her an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Shah takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. She attended B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad for medical school and subsequently trained at Christ Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. Dr. Shah's 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. Bhanuprasad J Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6101 9th Street N.
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Bhanuprasad Patel's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Patel has indicated that his clinical interests include high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), arthritis, and coronary artery disease. He 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 M.P. Shah Medical College. Dr. Patel's training includes residency programs at VA Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. Dr. Patel (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Gujarati, and Hindi. He is affiliated with 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. Richard Thomas Herrick, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4820 Park Boulevard North
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Richard Herrick is a hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Pinellas Park, FL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Herrick include foot problems, hand problems, and wrist problems. Dr. Herrick is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. He attended medical school at West Virginia University School of Medicine and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Herrick completed a residency program at Ochsner Medical Center. Dr. Herrick 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: , osteoarthritis, arthritis

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

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

Dr. Vijaya Cherukuri specializes in adult hospital medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL and Gulfport, FL. These areas are among Dr. Cherukuri's clinical interests: depression, heart problems, and hernia. She 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. She attended medical school at Andhra Medical College and Rangaraya Medical College. For her residency, Dr. Cherukuri trained at Long Island College Hospital. Dr. Cherukuri (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi. Dr. Cherukuri is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Depression, Flu Shot, Bone Marrow Aspiration, Abdominal Paracentesis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Burns, ... (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 practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Nashed (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Spanish, and French. He has a special interest in total joint replacement and orthopedic surgery. Dr. Nashed is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital. He attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Maimonides Medical Center for residency. 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: , rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis

All Interests: Leg Fracture, Arm Fracture, Ankle Sprain, Shoulder Fracture, Elbow Fracture, ACL Injury, Knee ... (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 orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine specialist. Dr. Albert takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia. He trained at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Children's Hospital Boston for residency. He is conversant in French. Dr. Albert is professionally 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, Arm Fracture, Ankle Sprain, Sports Health, Shoulder Fracture, Elbow Fracture, ACL ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Kurt Hirshorn is a Saint Petersburg, FL physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His clinical interests include hip replacement, knee problems, and arthroscopic surgery. Dr. Hirshorn's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He 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. His education and training includes medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and residency at Atlanta Medical Center. Dr. Hirshorn's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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

Dr. Dale Gene Bramlet, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4820 Park Boulevard N
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Dale Bramlet's specialties are hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He practices in Pinellas Park, FL. The average patient rating for Dr. Bramlet is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital and Largo Medical Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bramlet accepts. He studied medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Dr. Bramlet completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis

All Interests: Leg Fracture, Shoulder Fracture, Ankle Fracture, Bursitis, Total Hip Replacement, Revision Hip ... (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. Dr. Nematbakhsh's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Northside Hospital. He 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. He is a graduate of Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Nematbakhsh trained at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis

All Interests: Leg Fracture, Arm Fracture, Ankle Sprain, Kyphoplasty, Wrist Fracture, Sports Health, Shoulder ... (Read more)

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

Dr. John Harker is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Clearwater, FL and Largo, FL. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU), Dr. Harker attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Harker's areas of expertise include the following: replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), hand problems, and biopsy. His average patient rating is 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. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Harker's professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Auto Injuries, Elbow Problems, Elbow Surgery, Fractures, Musculoskeletal 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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