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We found 17 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO near Temple Terrace, FL.

Dr. Eric Emmanuel Coris, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
13330 Usf Laurel Drive
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Eric Coris specializes in family medicine and practices in Tampa, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Coris include concussion, biceps tendon injury, and dislocation. Dr. Coris is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. His education and training includes medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and residency at St. Vincent's Medical Center, Jacksonville. The average patient rating for Dr. Coris is 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Coris takes. Dr. Coris's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis, arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, ACL Injury, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Ankle Problems, Arthritis, Sprains, Knee ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Geoffrey Cronen is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. In his practice, Dr. Cronen focuses on cervical (neck) spine problems. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Cronen graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University. He is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic and Tampa General Hospital (TGH).

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Fractures, Cervical Spine Problems, Arthritis, Spine Problems, Cancer, Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. David Leffers, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
13330 Usf Laurel Drive; Stc 3rd Floor
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. David Leffers is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine specialist in Tampa, FL. Dr. Leffers's areas of expertise include the following: arthroscopic surgery, ankle sprain, and hip injury. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and performed his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Leffers accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. 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. Charles Cole Nofsinger, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
13330 Usf Laurel Drive
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Charles Nofsinger is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Nofsinger's areas of expertise include the following: ankle sprain, hip injury, and neck problems. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Nofsinger 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. In addition to English, he speaks Swedish. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, the University of South Florida (USF) Health, and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). Dr. Nofsinger's practice is open to 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. Mark Allen Mighell, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
13020 N Telecom Parkway N.
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Mark Mighell is a physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Mighell (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, German, and French. These areas are among his clinical interests: arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and pain. Dr. Mighell's professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a graduate of Naval Medical Center Portsmouth's residency program. Dr. Mighell has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mighell accepts.

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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 specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Temple Terrace, FL and Tampa, FL. Dr. Hess is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Hess include arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and arthritis. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing his residency at Tampa General Hospital and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Dr. Hess attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for medical school.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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

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

Dr. Juan Uribe is a specialist in neurosurgery. He works in Tampa, FL. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include scoliosis, spinal cord injuries, and neuropathic pain. Dr. Uribe accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. Dr. Uribe has received distinctions including Best Research Abstract, Annual SOLAS Meeting and Plantinum Annual Research Award, University of South Florida. His professional affiliations include the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). He is accepting 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 an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Schulak include knee problems, spine problems, and hip problems. He studied medicine at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Schulak's residency was performed at Summa Akron City Hospital, Akron Children's Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Schulak welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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

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 a specialist in orthopedic trauma, adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery, and sports medicine. He works in Lutz, FL and Tampa, FL. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Dr. Chan's areas of expertise include knee problems, radial keratotomy, and hip problems. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Chan 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 is a physician who specializes in neurosurgery. His clinical interests include scoliosis, laminectomy, and bulging disc. Dr. Freeman is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. 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. Freeman's education and training includes medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. 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. His hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). He 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's medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Raterman include replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), hip arthroscopy, and sports health. Dr. Raterman 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. Dr. Raterman's education and training includes medical school at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Georgia. He is professionally affiliated with 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 is a physician who specializes in adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery. He studied medicine at Creighton University School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bernasek include knee problems and hip problems. He is rated highly by his patients. 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.

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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 is an orthopedic reconstructive surgeon in Temple Terrace, FL and Tampa, FL. Dr. Gustke has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of clinical interest consist of knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). 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. Dr. Gustke studied medicine 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's medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include knee problems, knee replacement, and total joint replacement. Dr. Grayson 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 Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. Dr. Grayson's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. He is 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)

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Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
13020 N Telecom Parkway
Temple Terrace, FL
 

Dr. Michael Clare is a foot & ankle surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. Dr. Clare's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise consist of foot problems and ankle problems. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Clare graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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

Larry H Collins
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
13330 Usf Laurel Drive
Tampa, FL
 

Mr. Larry Collins' specialties are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: concussion, strains, and hip injury. Mr. Collins is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He welcomes new patients. Distinctions awarded to Mr. Collins include: Sports Medicine Person of the Year, Athletic Trainers' Association of Florida and Medical Writing Award, Yale University School of Medicine Physician Associate Program.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, ACL Injury, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Fractures, Strains, Ligament Problems, ... (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.