We found 6 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare Everyday Health near Zephyrhills, FL.

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

Dr. Alicia Fierro sees patients in Zephyrhills, FL and Land O Lakes, FL. Her medical specialty is adult rheumatology. She is a graduate of A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: osteoporosis, lupus, and pregnancy. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fierro accepts. She is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

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

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

Dr. Ernesto Rodriguez's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. His clinical interests encompass osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. Dr. Rodriguez honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended medical school at Ponce School of Medicine. His hospital/clinic 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 Sikes, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
38051 Market Square
Zephyrhills, FL
 

Dr. David Sikes specializes in adult rheumatology. His areas of expertise include the following: rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma. He is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. Dr. Sikes graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 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. Sikes honors.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma

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

Dr. Stephen Raterman's specialties are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Raterman has indicated that his clinical interests include replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), hip arthroscopy, and sports health. His professional affiliations include Florida Hospital Tampa, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, and Florida Medical Clinic. He is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Georgia for his residency. Dr. Raterman has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. 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: Sports Health, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Musculoskeletal ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Gerald Alexander's areas of specialization are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Alexander's areas of expertise include knee arthroscopy and fractures (broken bones). He is affiliated with Florida Hospital Tampa, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, and Florida Medical Clinic. He studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. 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.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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

Dr. Casey O Donnell, DO
Specializes in Physiatry, Interventional Pain Medicine
6606 Stadium Drive
Zephyrhills, FL
 

Dr. Casey O'Donnell is a medical specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and interventional pain medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: nerve conduction studies (NCS) and electromyography (EMG). Dr. O'Donnell accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis

All Interests: Electromyography, Nerve Conduction Studies, Osteoarthritis

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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.
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