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We found 5 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare Everyday Health near Zephyrhills, FL.

Dr. Ernesto Jose Rodriguez-Velazquez, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
38051 Market Square
Zephyrhills, FL
 

Dr. Ernesto Rodriguez-Velazquez works as a rheumatologist. He studied medicine at Ponce School of Medicine. These areas are among Dr. Rodriguez-Velazquez's clinical interests: osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. 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. His professional affiliations include Florida Medical Clinic and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH).

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, gout

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Osteoporosis

Dr. David Hilton Sikes, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
38051 Market Square
Zephyrhills, FL
 

Dr. David Sikes specializes in adult rheumatology. Dr. Sikes studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. In his practice, Dr. Sikes focuses on rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Sikes 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 is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma

Dr. Alicia Marie Baillargeon, DO
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
38051 Market Square
Zephyrhills, FL
 

Dr. Alicia Fierro is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Dr. Fierro has indicated that her clinical interests include osteoporosis, lupus, and pregnancy. She is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. She is a graduate of A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. She 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: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Lupus, Osteoporosis, Rheumatic Diseases, Pregnancy

Dr. Stephen John Raterman, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
38135 Market Square
Zephyrhills, FL
 

Dr. Stephen Raterman specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Raterman attended medical school at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Raterman completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Georgia. He has indicated that his clinical interests include replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), hip arthroscopy, and sports health. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Raterman's hospital/clinic 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)

Dr. Gerald Edward Alexander Trey III, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
38107 Market Square
Zephyrhills, FL
 

Dr. Gerald Alexander is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Wesley Chapel, FL and Zephyrhills, FL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Alexander include knee arthroscopy and fractures (broken bones). He is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alexander takes. He studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Fractures, Knee Problems, Arthritis, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement, Outpatient Care, Knee ... (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.