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We found 13 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept Gold Compass HSA 1600 near Saint Petersburg, 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 physician who specializes in general internal medicine. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She is a graduate of Stanley Medical College and a graduate of UPMC Shadyside's residency program. Dr. Ananthakrishnan speaks Tamil and Malayalam. Dr. Ananthakrishnan 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. Bhanuprasad J Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5520 9th Street N
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Bhanuprasad Patel is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Gujarati, and Hindi. His areas of clinical interest consist of high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), arthritis, and coronary artery disease. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at M.P. Shah Medical College and residency at VA Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. 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: , 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 practices hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is especially interested in foot problems, hand problems, and wrist problems. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Dr. Herrick attended West Virginia University School of Medicine and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Ochsner Medical Center. Dr. Herrick 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.

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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, who practices in Saint Petersburg, FL and Gulfport, FL, is a medical specialist in adult hospital medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Cherukuri (or staff) speaks Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi. Her areas of expertise include depression, heart problems, and hernia. Dr. Cherukuri's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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 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)

Dr. Hazem Fuad Al Andary, MD
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
1839 Central Avenue
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Hazem Al-Andary works as an internal medicine hospitalist. Dr. Al-Andary (or staff) is conversant in Lebanese and Arabic. Areas of expertise for Dr. Al-Andary include hospital care. He is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. He obtained his medical school training at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and United Healthcare HSA.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Arthritis, High Cholesterol, Heart Failure, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive ... (Read more)

Dr. Felix Jorge Hernandez, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
4500 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Felix Hernandez's specialty is adult cardiology. Before performing his residency at Bergen Regional Medical Center, Dr. Hernandez attended St. George's University School of Medicine. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Amerigroup, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hernandez takes. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Hernandez's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gout

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Restless Leg Syndrome, Atrial Fibrillation, Musculoskeletal Pain, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Rafat Nashed works as an orthopedist in Saint Petersburg, FL. He has a special interest in total joint replacement. He is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital. Dr. Nashed 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 graduated from SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. Dr. Nashed trained at Maimonides Medical Center for his residency. In addition to English, Dr. Nashed (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and French.

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

Dr. Anthony Albert's specialties are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. His professional affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. 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. Albert attended Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia for medical school and subsequently trained at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Children's Hospital Boston for residency. In addition to English, he speaks French.

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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, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4600 4th Street N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Kurt Hirshorn is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL. After attending the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Hirshorn completed his residency training at Atlanta Medical Center. His clinical interests include hip replacement, knee problems, and arthroscopic surgery. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Hirshorn accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His 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. Harish J Patel, MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology
5649 49th Street N
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Harish Patel specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. He has a 2.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Patel honors several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Before performing his residency at Howard University Hospital, Dr. Patel attended Medical College Baroda for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi. He is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Depression, Dizziness, Radiculopathy, Musculoskeletal Pain, Neck Pain, Elbow Problems, Shoulder ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Ahmadreza Nematbakhsh is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital for residency. Dr. Nematbakhsh 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, Ankle Sprain, Kyphoplasty, Wrist Fracture, Sports Health, Shoulder Fracture, Knee ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Kirk Jobe is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, brain surgery, and minimally invasive spine surgery. Dr. Jobe is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and Northside Hospital. Before performing his residency at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Jobe attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and the University of Michigan Medical School. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Jobe has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis

All Interests: Lamina Procedures, Neuroendoscopy, Disc Replacement, Spine Reconstruction, Radiculopathy, ... (Read more)

Joseph Henry Strickland
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
225 2nd Avenue North
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Strickland is a foot doctor and foot and ankle surgeon in Pinellas Park, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Strickland include bunion surgery, foot problems, and trigger point injections. Dr. Strickland honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and Tampa Community Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gout

All Interests: Plantar Fasciitis, Bunion Surgery, Fibromyalgia, Ingrown Nails, Bone 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.