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We found 14 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 general internist. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She attended medical school at Stanley Medical College. Dr. Ananthakrishnan trained at UPMC Shadyside for residency. She speaks the following foreign languages: Tamil and Malayalam. Dr. Ananthakrishnan 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. Linda Scott Morse, MPH, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics
5800 49th Street N; Suite S-201
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Linda Morse's areas of specialization are family medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). After completing medical school at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. The average patient rating for Dr. Morse is 1.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Morse honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Morse speaks Thai. She is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis

All Interests: Depression, Osteoporosis, Breast Issues, Electrocardiogram, Pap Test, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, ... (Read more)

Dr. Bhanuprasad J Patel, MD
Specializes in General Practice, General Internal Medicine
5520 9th Street N
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Bhanuprasad Patel sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Patel's areas of clinical interest consist of high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), arthritis, and coronary artery disease. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patel accepts. After completing medical school at M.P. Shah Medical College, he 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.

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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 N
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Richard Herrick is a hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Pinellas Park, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: foot problems, hand problems, and wrist problems. Dr. Herrick 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. 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. His professional 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. Felix Jorge Hernandez, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
4500 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Felix Hernandez sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. His medical specialty is adult cardiology. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital. Dr. Hernandez honors Amerigroup, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Bergen Regional Medical Center, Dr. Hernandez attended St. George's University School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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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, who practices in Saint Petersburg, FL, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Nashed (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Spanish, and French. In his practice, Dr. Nashed focuses on total joint replacement. His professional affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital. After attending SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Maimonides Medical Center. Dr. Nashed 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, osteoarthritis

All Interests: Leg Fracture, Ankle Sprain, Shoulder Fracture, Elbow Fracture, ACL Injury, Knee Sprain, Shoulder ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Vijaya Cherukuri practices adult hospital medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Cherukuri (or staff) is conversant in Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cherukuri include depression, heart problems, and hernia. She is professionally affiliated with 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 several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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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's area of specialization is adult hospital medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Al-Andary include hospital care. Dr. Al-Andary takes Coventry, TRICARE, United Healthcare HSA, and more. He graduated from American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Al-Andary (or staff) is conversant in Lebanese and Arabic. Dr. Al-Andary is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Arthritis, High Cholesterol, Heart Failure, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive ... (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 is an orthopedist and sports medicine specialist. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Albert studied medicine at Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia. He trained at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Children's Hospital Boston for residency. In addition to English, he speaks French. He is 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, Ankle Sprain, Sports Health, Shoulder Fracture, Elbow Fracture, ACL Injury, Knee ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Kurt Hirshorn, who practices in Saint Petersburg, FL, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. After attending the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Hirshorn completed his residency training at Atlanta Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hirshorn include hip replacement, knee problems, and arthroscopic surgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Hirshorn 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. 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, 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
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Ahmadreza Nematbakhsh's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery; he sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing his residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Dr. Nematbakhsh attended Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. His professional affiliations include 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)

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Specializes in Other, Neurology
5649 49th Street N
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Harish Patel's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital. Dr. Patel accepts Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. 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.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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

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

Dr. Kirk Jobe's area of specialization is neurosurgery. He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and the University of Michigan Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Rush University Medical Center. In Dr. Jobe's practice, he is particularly interested in back pain, brain surgery, and minimally invasive spine surgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Jobe's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital and Northside Hospital.

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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 specializes in podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery and practices in Pinellas Park, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. These areas are among his clinical interests: bunion surgery, foot problems, and trigger point injections. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and Tampa Community Hospital. Dr. Strickland honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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.