We found 59 providers matching joint injections and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold near Saint Petersburg, FL.

Dr. Danya A Godoy-Hung, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
620 10th Street N.
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Danya Godoy-Hung's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. She practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. Her education and training includes medical school at Central University of Venezuela Faculty of Medicine and residency at Cleveland Clinic. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Godoy-Hung include pain management. Patient ratings for Dr. Godoy-Hung average 3.5 stars out of 5. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Godoy-Hung is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Suncoast Medical Clinic.

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Clinical Interests: Pain Management

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 86
  • Charge (avg.): $133 - $325
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $61 - $193
Dr. Thanh Thien Le, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Interventional Pain Medicine
6640 78th Avenue N; Suite A
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Thanh Le's specialties are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and interventional pain medicine. His areas of expertise include back pain, peripheral nerve block, and trigger point injections. Dr. Le's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Le graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and then he performed his residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans. Dr. Le (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , joint injections

All Interests: Auto Injuries, Facet Injection, Epidural Steroid Injection, Trigger Point Injections, Back Pain, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Physiatry, Interventional Pain Medicine
4600 4th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Jennifer Burns is a physiatrist and interventional pain specialist. Dr. Burns's average rating from her patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: back pain, trigger point injections, and shingles. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Burns completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama.

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Relevant Interests: , joint injections

All Interests: Ankle Problems, Shingles, Trigger Point Injections, Back Pain, Hip Problems, Carpal Tunnel ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 79
  • Charge (avg.): $330 - $1,650
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $62 - $178
Dr. Julio A Gonzalez-Paoli, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
620 10th Street N.
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Julio Gonzalez-Paoli practices adult rheumatology. The average patient rating for Dr. Gonzalez-Paoli is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Gonzalez-Paoli takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Gonzalez-Paoli attended Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Gonzalez-Paoli is affiliated with BayCare Medical Group.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 51
  • Charge (avg.): $129
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $60
Dr. Sonialy Lugo Ruiz, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Rheumatology
620 10th Street N.
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Sonialy Lugo Ruiz practices adult rheumatology. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She studied medicine at Ibero-American University (UNIBE). Dr. Lugo Ruiz trained at Morristown Memorial Hospital for her residency. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Lugo Ruiz is affiliated with Suncoast Medical Clinic.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 25
  • Charge (avg.): $90
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $57
Dr. Arnaldo Torres, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6711 38th Avenue N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Arnaldo Torres, who practices in Saint Petersburg, FL, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Torres include back pain, trigger point injections, and osteoporosis. Dr. Torres's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Torres studied medicine at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Suncoast Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , joint injections

All Interests: Fibromyalgia, Trigger Point Injections, Lupus, Back Pain, Osteoporosis, Joint Injections

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 43
  • Charge (avg.): $137
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $58

Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
6640 78th Avenue N; Suite A
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Charles Friedman's areas of specialization are anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. Before performing his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Friedman attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. Areas of expertise for Dr. Friedman include back pain, peripheral nerve block, and trigger point injections. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Friedman is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , joint injections

All Interests: Auto Injuries, Selective Nerve Root Block, Facet Injection, Peripheral Nerve Block, Epidural ... (Read more)

Dr. Neil James Ellis, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
6333 54th Avenue North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Neil Ellis is a Saint Petersburg, FL physician who specializes in anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. His clinical interests encompass pain management. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ellis takes. He is a graduate of Eastern Virginia Medical School and a graduate of Shands at the University of Florida's residency program. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and BayCare Health System.

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Clinical Interests: Pain Management

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 12
  • Charge (avg.): $805
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $128

Specializes in Physiatry
5800 49th Street N; Suite S-205
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Amitabh Gupta's medical specialty is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). He is professionally affiliated with Northside Hospital. Dr. Gupta accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended medical school at Medical College Baroda. Dr. Gupta's training includes a residency program at Medical College Baroda.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 200
  • Charge (avg.): $20 - $176
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $12 - $88

Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
6333 54th Avenue N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Sardha Perera is an anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine specialist. Dr. Perera's patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. He 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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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 22
  • Charge (avg.): $241 - $598
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $63 - $95
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. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include depression, heart problems, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Labrador's professional affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Dr. Labrador accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. He studied medicine at Meharry Medical College. He trained at Bayfront Medical Center for his residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 17
  • Charge (avg.): $135
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $62
Dr. Thomas Michael Mixa, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5959 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Thomas Mixa is an orthopedic surgeon in Saint Petersburg, FL. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Mixa's clinical interests: steroid injections, knee problems, and carpal tunnel surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Dr. Mixa's education and training includes medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes 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: , hyaluronic acid joint injections (viscosupplementation), joint injections

All Interests: Leg Fracture, Hallux Valgus, Wrist Fracture, Sports Health, Shoulder Fracture, Auto Injuries, Elbow ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 433
  • Charge (avg.): $18 - $96
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $12 - $62
Dr. Richard Thomas Herrick, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4820 Park Boulevard North
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Richard Herrick is a Pinellas Park, FL physician who specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include foot problems, hand problems, and wrist problems. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Herrick honors. Before performing his residency at Ochsner Medical Center, Dr. Herrick attended West Virginia University School of Medicine and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school.

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Clinical Interests: Sports Health, Foot Surgery, Neck Pain, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 34
  • Charge (avg.): $235
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $46
Dr. Sanjay Menon, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
620 10th Street N.
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Sanjay Menon's areas of specialization are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. After attending George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school, Dr. Menon completed his residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: hip replacement, knee problems, and knee replacement. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Menon honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and Suncoast Medical Clinic.

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Clinical Interests: Sports Health, Foot Surgery, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 98
  • Charge (avg.): $131 - $288
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $65 - $154
Dr. Robert Lewis Swiggett Jr., MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4600 4th Street North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Robert Swiggett practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Saint Petersburg, FL. In his practice, he is particularly interested in back pain, knee problems, and carpal tunnel syndrome. He is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and BayCare Health System. Dr. Swiggett accepts 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 Dartmouth Medical School. His residency was performed at Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Swiggett is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , hyaluronic acid joint injections (viscosupplementation)

All Interests: Leg Fracture, Wrist Fracture, Shoulder Fracture, Elbow Fracture, Ankle Fracture, Spine ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 50
  • Charge (avg.): $339
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $63
Dr. Anthony Stanek Albert, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
5880 49th Street North; Suite 104
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Anthony Albert specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Albert takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia for medical school, he completed his residency training at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Children's Hospital Boston. In addition to English, he speaks French. He is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Leg Fracture, Arm Fracture, Ankle Sprain, Sports Health, Shoulder Fracture, Elbow Fracture, ACL ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 95
  • Charge (avg.): $189 - $191
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $46 - $57

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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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