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We found 73 providers matching joint injections and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold near Saint Petersburg, FL.

Dr. Thanh Thien Le, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Interventional Pain Medicine
6640 78th Avenue N; Suite A
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Thanh Le is a physiatrist and interventional pain specialist. Dr. Le's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include back pain, peripheral nerve block, and trigger point injections. 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. He 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 the following languages: Spanish and Vietnamese. His professional affiliations include 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)

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

Dr. Danya Godoy-Hung works as an anesthesiologist and pain specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL. She obtained her medical school training at Central University of Venezuela Faculty of Medicine and performed her residency at Cleveland Clinic. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Godoy-Hung include pain management. Dr. Godoy-Hung has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. 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

  • Medicare Volume: 86
  • Uninsured Cost: $133 - $325
  • Medicare Cost: $61 - $193
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Specializes in Physiatry, Interventional Pain Medicine
4600 4th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Jennifer Burns is a physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and interventional pain medicine specialist. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: back pain, trigger point injections, and shingles. Dr. Burns honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Burns studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed 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

  • Medicare Volume: 79
  • Uninsured Cost: $330 - $1,650
  • Medicare Cost: $62 - $178
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Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine
603 7th Street S; Suite 320
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Michael Whitworth's medical specialty is interventional pain medicine. Dr. Whitworth attended Oral Roberts University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences for residency. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 28
  • Uninsured Cost: $197 - $964
  • Medicare Cost: $47 - $152
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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
6333 54th Avenue N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Kazi Hassan is a specialist in anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. He works in Saint Petersburg, FL. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hassan attended Dhaka Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Paterson for residency.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 14
  • Uninsured Cost: $235
  • Medicare Cost: $62
Dr. Sonialy Lugo Ruiz, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Rheumatology
620 10th Street N.
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Sonialy Lugo Ruiz works as a rheumatologist in Saint Petersburg, FL. She is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Suncoast Medical Clinic. Dr. Lugo Ruiz graduated from Ibero-American University (UNIBE). For her residency, Dr. Lugo Ruiz trained at Morristown Memorial Hospital. She accepts 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

  • Medicare Volume: 25
  • Uninsured Cost: $90
  • Medicare Cost: $57
Dr. Julio A Gonzalez-Paoli, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
620 10th Street N.
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Julio Gonzalez-Paoli is a specialist in adult rheumatology. He works in Saint Petersburg, FL. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. 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. Dr. Gonzalez-Paoli attended Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Gonzalez-Paoli is professionally affiliated with BayCare Medical Group.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 51
  • Uninsured Cost: $129
  • Medicare Cost: $60
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Specializes in Physiatry
5800 49th Street N; Suite S-205
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Amitabh Gupta is a medical specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). After attending Medical College Baroda for medical school, he completed his residency training at Medical College Baroda. 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. Dr. Gupta is affiliated with Northside Hospital.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 200
  • Uninsured Cost: $20 - $176
  • Medicare Cost: $12 - $88
Dr. Gerald Edward Trimble, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
603 7th Street South; Suite 340
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Gerald Trimble specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Trimble graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Trimble trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Areas of expertise for Dr. Trimble include trigger point injections, epidural steroid injection, and facet injection. Patients gave Dr. Trimble an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Spinal Cord Stimulation, Facet Injection, Epidural Steroid Injection, Trigger Point Injections, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 105
  • Uninsured Cost: $305 - $990
  • Medicare Cost: $74 - $214
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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
6640 78th Avenue N; Suite A
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Charles Friedman practices anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. He speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Friedman include back pain, peripheral nerve block, and trigger point injections. Dr. Friedman's professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital. Before performing his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Friedman attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. Patient ratings for Dr. Friedman average 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Friedman honors.

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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. Arnaldo Torres, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6711 38th Avenue N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Arnaldo Torres is a rheumatologist in Saint Petersburg, FL. He attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: back pain, trigger point injections, and osteoporosis. Dr. Torres has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors 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 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

  • Medicare Volume: 43
  • Uninsured Cost: $137
  • Medicare Cost: $58
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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
6333 54th Avenue North
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Jose Rivera is an anesthesiologist and interventional pain specialist in Wesley Chapel, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 30
  • Uninsured Cost: $255 - $696
  • Medicare Cost: $65 - $214
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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
6333 54th Avenue N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Sardha Perera practices anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine in Saint Petersburg, FL. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Perera takes. He studied medicine at the University of Ibadan College of Medicine.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 22
  • Uninsured Cost: $241 - $598
  • Medicare Cost: $63 - $95
Dr. Neil James Ellis, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
6333 54th Avenue North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Neil Ellis practices anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. His clinical interests encompass pain management. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital. Dr. Ellis accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ellis attended Eastern Virginia Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Shands at the University of Florida.

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Clinical Interests: Pain Management

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 12
  • Uninsured Cost: $805
  • Medicare Cost: $128
Dr. Carlos A Labrador, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
6775 Crosswinds Drive N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Carlos Labrador's specialty is family medicine. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Labrador include depression, heart problems, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Labrador's professional affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Labrador's office for an appointment. He attended Meharry Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Bayfront Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish.

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

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 17
  • Uninsured Cost: $135
  • Medicare Cost: $62
Dr. Howard Wayne Sharf, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
6500 66th Street N
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Howard Sharf practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has indicated that his clinical interests include spine surgery procedures, spinal stenosis, and musculoskeletal surgery. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Sharf is a graduate of MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Sharf is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Kyphoplasty, Neck Pain, Spinal Procedures, Fractures, Back Problems, Strains, Musculoskeletal ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $311
  • Medicare Cost: $62

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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.