We found 14 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept Humana Gold near Saint Petersburg, FL.

Dr. Carlos A Labrador, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
6775 Crosswinds Drive N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Carlos Labrador is a physician who specializes in family medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Labrador is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Labrador include depression, heart problems, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. He attended Meharry Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Bayfront Medical Center. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Labrador is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Depression, Headache, Dizziness, Abdominal Problems, Weight Loss, Gastrointestinal Problems, Heart ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Edward Chang's area of specialization is general internal medicine. After attending Shanghai Medical University for medical school, Dr. Chang completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. His areas of expertise include heart problems, hypertension (high blood pressure), and arthritis. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Chang speaks Mandarin. He is professionally affiliated with Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group - Primary & Specialty Care and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - St. Francis. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Chang's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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

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

Dr. Veluvolu Rao's area of specialization is general internal medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Telugu. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Rao include heart problems, hypertension (high blood pressure), and arthritis. Dr. Rao's hospital/clinic affiliations include Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group - Primary & Specialty Care and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - St. Francis. Before completing his residency at Aurora Sinai Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Rao attended medical school at Guntur Medical College. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Rao accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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

Dr. Kavita Bakthavatsalam Rao, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4957 38th Avenue North; Suite C
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Kavita Rao specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. Patient ratings for Dr. Rao average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Rao takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She trained at Hurley Medical Center for residency. Dr. Rao (or staff) speaks Tamil, Hindi, and Indonesian. Her professional affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Depression, Hypertension, Skin Cancer, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Obesity, Asthma, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Sonal Shah is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Shah is 2.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: hepatitis, lupus, and auto injuries. She is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital. Dr. Shah is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad. She trained at Christ Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Hepatitis, Auto Injuries, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Dizziness, Immunization, Women's ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Bhanuprasad Patel's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Gujarati, and Hindi. His clinical interests encompass high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), arthritis, and coronary artery disease. Dr. Patel's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital. He graduated from M.P. Shah Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Patel completed residency programs at VA Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patel honors.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Arthritis, High Cholesterol, Coronary Artery Disease

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

Dr. Vijaya Cherukuri is a medical specialist in adult hospital medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Areas of expertise for Dr. Cherukuri include depression, heart problems, and hernia. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Andhra Medical College and Rangaraya Medical College and a graduate of Long Island College Hospital's residency program. Dr. Cherukuri (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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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 in Saint Petersburg, FL. In his practice, Dr. Al-Andary focuses on hospital care. He accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and United Healthcare HSA, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Al-Andary attended medical school at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Al-Andary trained 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. He 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. Rafat Saad Nashed, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5880 49th Street North; Suite 104
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Rafat Nashed specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Nashed (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic, Spanish, and French. Dr. Nashed is especially interested in total joint replacement. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital. Dr. Nashed graduated from SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Maimonides Medical Center. He takes 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. Anthony Stanek Albert, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
5880 49th Street North; Suite 104
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Anthony Albert is a physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. 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. He is a graduate of Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia. For his residency, Dr. Albert trained at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Children's Hospital Boston. He speaks French. Dr. Albert's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4600 4th Street N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Kurt Hirshorn is an orthopedist in Saint Petersburg, FL. These areas are among his clinical interests: hip replacement, knee problems, and arthroscopic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. Dr. Hirshorn studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Atlanta Medical Center. Dr. Hirshorn has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating 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: , 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, who practices in Saint Petersburg, FL, is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Patel takes Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Medical College Baroda and a graduate of Howard University Hospital's residency program. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks the following languages: Gujarati and Hindi. Dr. Patel 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. 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 spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL. He attended Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. 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. Nematbakhsh's 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)

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

Dr. Kirk Jobe practices neurosurgery. Patients rated Dr. Jobe highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise 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 an in-network provider for Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He 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. 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, 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.