We found 4 providers matching joint injections and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions Essential Health near Plant City, FL.

Dr. Tony Lewis Willson, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1601 W. Timberlane Drive; Suite 300
Plant City, FL
 

Dr. Tony Willson's medical specialty is family medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Willson include joint injections, skin issues, and endometrial biopsy. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Willson accepts. Dr. Willson is a graduate of St. Matthew's University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Willson trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Willson is conversant in Spanish.

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All Interests: Endometrial Biopsy, Skin Issues, Joint Injections

Specializes in Neurology
3302 W Baker Street
Plant City, FL
 

Dr. Thomas Digeronimo's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Digeronimo takes. Dr. Digeronimo is conversant in Spanish.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 12
  • Charge (avg.): $196
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $61
Dr. Scott Eric Goldsmith, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
420 North Plant Avenue
Plant City, FL
 

Dr. Scott Goldsmith sees patients in Plant City, FL and Brandon, FL. His medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Goldsmith's areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, sports health, and carpal tunnel syndrome. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. Before completing his residency at Lenox Hill Hospital, Dr. Goldsmith attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Michigan Medical School. 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.

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

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 115
  • Charge (avg.): $77
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $60
Dr. Omar A Aref, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1703 Thonotosassa Road; Suite A
Plant City, FL
 

Dr. Omar Aref practices family medicine in Plant City, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Aref include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), trigger point injections, and nutrition counseling. 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. Dr. Aref (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish.

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All Interests: Cryosurgery, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Fibromyalgia, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

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What is a Joint Injection/Aspiration?

A joint is any area of the body where two bones connect. Due to injury or disease, the space between the two bones can sometimes become swollen and inflamed, which leads to pain and a loss of mobility. Injection and aspiration are two tools that physicians use to treat joint pain locally without needing to perform surgery.

Both injection and aspiration are techniques that involve inserting a needle connected to a syringe directly into the joint. Aspiration involves the removal of excess fluid, and injection is the placement of medication directly into the joint space via the needle. Both procedures may be performed at the same time. In both cases a local anesthetic may be used, the skin will be cleaned and disinfected, and then the needle will be inserted. In some cases, especially if the injection or aspiration is in a large and deep joint such as the hip or spine, ultrasound may be used to guide the needle to the exact location desired.

In some cases, irritation to the joint can cause fluid to build up so significantly that the joint hurts and can no longer move well. Aspiration removes some of the excess fluid and relieves the pressure. In addition, aspiration can be used to provide a sample of joint fluid if it needs to be examined microscopically for the presence of white blood cells, bacteria, or crystal formations.

Certain injuries and diseases that affect joints are inflammatory in nature, such as rheumatoid arthritis, tendonitis or gout. These diseases may be helped by the local injection of anti-inflammatory medications directly into the affected joint. In this case, corticosteroids such as methylprednisone are usually used. Relief from the pain may be felt right away and may last for weeks or even months.

In some cases, such as with osteoarthritis, the cartilage buffer between the two bones wears down and pain comes from bones rubbing against each other. In this case, injection of a lubricating agent such as hyaluronic acid may be beneficial. It provides a slippery cushion between the bones to relieve pain that can last for months.
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