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We found 13 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO near Temple Terrace, FL.

Dr. Geoffrey Alan Cronen, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
14547 Bruce B Downs Boulevard; Suite C
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Geoffrey Cronen's medical specialty is spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Cronen's clinical interests include spine problems. Patient ratings for Dr. Cronen average 2.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Fractures, Arthritis, Spine Problems, Cancer, Pain, Metabolic Bone Disease, Tumor, ... (Read more)

Dr. Charles Cole Nofsinger, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
13330 Usf Laurel Drive
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Charles Nofsinger, who practices in Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Nofsinger attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Hospital for Special Surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nofsinger include ankle sprain, hip injury, and neck problems. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Nofsinger accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. In addition to English, he speaks Swedish. Dr. Nofsinger's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, the University of South Florida (USF) Health, and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis, arthritis

All Interests: Ankle Sprain, Sports Health, ACL Injury, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Juan Santiago Uribe, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
12901 Bruce B Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Juan Uribe is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Uribe include scoliosis, spinal cord injuries, and neuropathic pain. His professional affiliations include the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). After attending the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Patients gave Dr. Uribe an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He has received distinctions including Best Research Abstract, Annual SOLAS Meeting and Plantinum Annual Research Award, University of South Florida. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scoliosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Spine ... (Read more)

Dr. David J Schulak, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
13701 Bruce B Downs Boulevard; Suite 115
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. David Schulak is a Tampa, FL physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Schulak is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Schulak include knee problems, spine problems, and hip problems. Dr. Schulak takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Yale School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Summa Akron City Hospital, Akron Children's Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Schulak is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Hip Problems, Osteoporosis, Knee Problems, Arthritis, Spine Problems, Replacement Arthroplasty

Dr. Mark Allen Mighell, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
13020 N Telecom Parkway N.
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Mark Mighell practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Tampa, FL and Temple Terrace, FL. Dr. Mighell (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, German, and French. His areas of expertise include arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and pain. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. Before completing his residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Dr. Mighell attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. On average, patients gave him a 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.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, Musculoskeletal Problems, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
13020 N Telecom Parkway
Temple Terrace, FL
 

Dr. Alfred Hess is a medical specialist in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Tampa General Hospital and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Hess's clinical interests include arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and arthritis. Dr. Hess has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. 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: , arthritis

All Interests: Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, Arthritis, Hand ... (Read more)

Dr. John Chi-Ching Chan, MD
Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma, Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery, Sports Medicine
2727 Dr. Mlk Jr. Boulevard; Suite 320
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. John Chan is an orthopedic traumatologist, orthopedic reconstructive surgeon, and sports medicine specialist. His areas of expertise include knee problems, radial keratotomy, and ankle problems. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Chan 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. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Dr. Chan attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, BayCare Medical Group, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis, arthritis

All Interests: Radial Keratotomy, Sports Health, Elbow Problems, Implant Surgery, Shoulder Problems, Bone ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas Benedict Freeman, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
12901 Bruce B Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Thomas Freeman works as a neurosurgeon in Tampa, FL. After attending Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Freeman completed his residency training at NYU Langone Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Freeman include scoliosis, laminectomy, and bulging disc. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Freeman takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received distinctions including The Molly & Bernard Sanberg Memorial Award, American Society of Neural Therapy and Repair; Best Doctors in America, US News and World Reports; and Top 1% of Neurosurgeons in the U.S., US News and World Reports. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). Dr. Freeman welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Bone Spurs, Sacroiliac Joint Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scoliosis, Spinal Instrumentation, ... (Read more)

Dr. Stephen John Raterman, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
14547 Bruce B Downs Boulevard; Suite C
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Stephen Raterman specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Raterman include replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), hip arthroscopy, and sports health. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Raterman honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Georgia, Dr. Raterman attended medical school at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Florida Medical Clinic, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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

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Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
13020 Telecom Parkway N
Temple Terrace, FL
 

Dr. Thomas Bernasek's area of specialization is adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery. Dr. Bernasek has a special interest in knee problems and hip problems. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bernasek attended medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Fractures, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Arthritis, Hip Problems, Replacement Arthroplasty, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
13020 N Telecom Parkway
Temple Terrace, FL
 

Dr. Kenneth Gustke's area of specialization is adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery. Patient reviews placed Dr. Gustke at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Arthritis, Hip Problems, Replacement Arthroplasty

Dr. Christopher William Grayson, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
13020 N Telecom Parkway
Temple Terrace, FL
 

Dr. Christopher Grayson, who practices in Palm Harbor, FL, Tampa, FL, and Temple Terrace, FL, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise consist of knee problems, knee replacement, and total joint replacement. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans for medical school, Dr. Grayson completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Femur Fracture, Hip Pain, Knee Pain, Knee Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems, Arthritis, Knee ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Patrick Clare, MD
Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
13020 N Telecom Parkway
Temple Terrace, FL
 

Dr. Michael Clare is a physician who specializes in foot & ankle surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has indicated that his clinical interests include foot problems and ankle problems. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. Patients rated Dr. Clare highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Clare 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: , arthritis

All Interests: Fractures, Ankle Problems, Arthritis, Foot Problems, Replacement Arthroplasty, Trauma

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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.