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We found 15 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept Humana Gold near Saint Petersburg, FL.

Dr. Edward C Chang, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3201 S. 16th Street (euclid Building); Suite 1000
Milwaukee, WI
 

Dr. Edward Chang sees patients in Milwaukee, WI. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. He is conversant in Mandarin. Clinical interests for Dr. Chang include diabetes management, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Chang is professionally affiliated with Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - St. Francis. Dr. Chang graduated from Shanghai Medical University and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Chang's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Diabetes Management, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Arthritis

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

Dr. Hazem Al-Andary practices general internal medicine in Saint Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL. He has indicated that his clinical interests include hospital care. Dr. Al-Andary's professional affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and United Healthcare HSA. Dr. Al-Andary studied medicine at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Al-Andary (or staff) speaks Lebanese and Arabic.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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

Dr. Veluvolu K Rao, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3201 S. 16th Street (euclid Building); Suite 1000
Milwaukee, WI
 

Dr. Veluvolu Rao works as a general internist. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes management, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Rao is affiliated with Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - St. Francis. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Rao is accepting new patients. He obtained his medical school training at Guntur Medical College and performed his residency at Aurora Sinai Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. He is conversant in Telugu.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Diabetes Management, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Arthritis, Smoking Cessation

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

Dr. Vijaya Cherukuri's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care); she sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cherukuri include depression, heart problems, and hernia. 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 graduated from Andhra Medical College and Rangaraya Medical College and then she performed her residency at Long Island College Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Cherukuri (or staff) speaks Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi. She is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Depression, Flu Shot, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Heart Problems, Physical ... (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. In addition to English, Dr. Rao (or staff) speaks Tamil, Hindi, and Indonesian. Her professional affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital. She trained at Hurley Medical Center for her residency. Patient ratings for Dr. Rao average 4.0 stars out of 5. She 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: Cryosurgery, Depression, Hypertension, Skin Cancer, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Obesity, Asthma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Carlos A Labrador, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
65 65th Street S.
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Carlos Labrador is a physician who specializes in family medicine. His clinical interests include depression, heart problems, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Labrador is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. After attending Meharry Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Bayfront Medical Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Labrador is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Depression, Dizziness, Abdominal Problems, Gastrointestinal Problems, Heart Problems, Lung ... (Read more)

Dr. Mary Jane King, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8130 66th Street N; Suite 1
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Mary King works as an internist in Tampa, FL and Pinellas Park, FL. Her average rating from her patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. King is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. King accepts. After attending A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at 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. Bhanuprasad J Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5520 9th Street N
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Bhanuprasad Patel specializes in general practice and general internal medicine and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL. He has indicated that his clinical interests include high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), arthritis, and coronary artery disease. Dr. Patel 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. He obtained his medical school training at M.P. Shah Medical College and 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. His professional affiliations include 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. Sonal N Shah, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6450 38th Avenue N; Suite 100
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Sonal Shah's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Shah obtained her medical school training at B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad and performed her residency at Christ Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Her areas of expertise include the following: hepatitis, lupus, and auto injuries. The average patient rating for Dr. Shah is 2.0 stars out of 5. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Her 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. Kurt Clifford Hirshorn, MPH, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4600 4th Street N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Kurt Hirshorn specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: hip replacement, knee problems, and arthroscopic surgery. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Hirshorn 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. For his residency, Dr. Hirshorn trained at Atlanta Medical Center. 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, Scoliosis, Fractures, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Musculoskeletal Problems, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Rafat Nashed is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. His clinical interests include total joint replacement. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nashed takes. He attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Maimonides Medical Center. Dr. Nashed (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Spanish, and French. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center.

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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. He practices in Saint Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL. He speaks French. Dr. Albert's professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. Before completing his residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Children's Hospital Boston, Dr. Albert attended medical school at Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia. He accepts 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, osteoarthritis, arthritis

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

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

Dr. Ahmad Nematbakhsh's areas of specialization are hand surgery, spine surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include knee problems, scoliosis, and carpal tunnel syndrome. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Dr. Nematbakhsh accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Nematbakhsh attended medical school at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Oakland General Hospital, and Henry Ford Hospital for residency. Dr. Nematbakhsh (or staff) speaks Spanish, French, and Persian.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis

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

Dr. Harish J Patel, MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology
5649 49th Street N
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Harish Patel is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL. He is rated 2.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Patel graduated from Medical College Baroda. For his professional training, Dr. Patel completed a residency program at Howard University Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi. He is professionally 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. Kirk Wayne Jobe, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
603 Seventh Street South; Suite 540
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Kirk Jobe works as a neurosurgeon. These areas are among Dr. Jobe's clinical interests: back pain, brain surgery, and minimally invasive spine surgery. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine and the University of Michigan Medical School. His medical residency was performed at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Jobe has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Jobe is affiliated with 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)

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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.