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 specializes in general internal medicine. She is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing her residency at UPMC Shadyside, Dr. Ananthakrishnan attended Stanley Medical College for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Ananthakrishnan 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. Allen Finkelstein, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
10225 Ulmerton Road; 1a
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Allen Finkelstein sees patients in Seminole, FL and Largo, FL. His medical specialty is family medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Finkelstein average 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Finkelstein obtained his medical school training at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at Largo Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Finkelstein (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Spanish. He 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 works as an internist. She completed her residency training at Hurley Medical Center. Dr. Rao is rated highly by her patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rao honors. In addition to English, Dr. Rao (or staff) speaks Tamil, Hindi, and Indonesian. She is affiliated with 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 practices general internal medicine in Largo, FL. Dr. Shah (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital. After attending the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and Topiwala National Medical College for medical school, Dr. Shah completed his residency training at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center. He is rated 1.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. 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: , osteoarthritis

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

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

Dr. Sonal Shah works as a general internist. Dr. Shah has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Her areas of expertise include the following: hepatitis, lupus, and auto injuries. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad and then she performed her residency at Christ Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Shah is affiliated with 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. Jason Hal Howard, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
13787 Belcher Road S; Suite 100
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Jason Howard is a Largo, FL physician who specializes in family medicine. His professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Howard honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Largo Medical Center for residency.

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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) in Seminole, FL. Her training includes a residency program at Lutheran Medical Center. Dr. Zumaran accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Zumaran (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Czech, and Slovak. She 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. Bhanuprasad J Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6101 9th Street N.
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Bhanuprasad Patel practices general internal medicine. He is especially interested in high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), arthritis, and coronary artery disease. Dr. Patel takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended M.P. Shah Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at VA Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota for residency. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: 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 Pinellas Park, FL physician who specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. 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. Clinical interests for Dr. Herrick include foot problems, hand problems, and wrist problems. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Herrick's hospital/clinic 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 S Nashed, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5880 49th Street North; Suite 104 North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Rafat Nashed specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. After completing medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, Dr. Nashed performed his residency at Maimonides Medical Center. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Nashed include total joint replacement and orthopedic surgery. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Nashed (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital.

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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 works as an orthopedist and sports medicine specialist. He is conversant in French. He is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Dr. Albert obtained his medical school training at Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia and performed his residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Children's Hospital Boston. 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: , rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, arthritis

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

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

Dr. Kurt Hirshorn is a physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hirshorn include hip replacement, knee problems, and arthroscopic surgery. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hirshorn honors. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and a graduate of Atlanta Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Hirshorn's professional 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. Ahmad Reza Reza Nematbakhsh, DO
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5880 49th Street N; Suite 104
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Ahmadreza Nematbakhsh works as a spine surgeon and orthopedist. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Nematbakhsh graduated from 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. He is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Northside 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. Vijaya L Cherukuri, MD
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine, Geriatrics
218 Pasadena Avenue S
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Vijaya Cherukuri works as an internal medicine hospitalist and geriatrician in Saint Petersburg, FL and Gulfport, FL. Dr. Cherukuri (or staff) is conversant in Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi. These areas are among her clinical interests: depression, heart problems, and hernia. Her professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Dr. Cherukuri attended medical school at Andhra Medical College and Rangaraya Medical College. She trained at Long Island College Hospital for residency. She 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

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

Douglas Brian Moss
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
6500 66th Street N
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Douglas Moss works as a foot doctor and foot and ankle surgeon in Pinellas Park, FL and Pinellas, FL. Dr. Moss's areas of expertise include foot problems, foot surgery, and wounds. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His training includes a residency program at Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Type 1 Diabetes, Foot Surgery, Bursitis, Wounds, Reconstructive Surgery, Ankle Problems, Ankle ... (Read more)

Dr. Kirk W Jobe, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
603 Seventh Street South; Suite 540
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Kirk Jobe, who practices in Saint Petersburg, FL, is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Jobe include back pain, brain surgery, and minimally invasive spine surgery. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and Northside Hospital. Dr. Jobe is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine and the University of Michigan Medical School and a graduate of Rush University Medical Center's residency program. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Jobe honors. He has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis

All Interests: Lamina Procedures, Neuroendoscopy, Artificial Disc Replacement, Spine Reconstruction, ... (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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