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

Dr. Ernesto Rodriguez-Velazquez sees patients in Land O Lakes, FL and Zephyrhills, FL. His medical specialty is adult rheumatology. His areas of expertise include the following: osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. 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. Rodriguez-Velazquez attended medical school at Ponce School of Medicine. Dr. Rodriguez-Velazquez's 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. Alicia Marie Baillargeon, DO
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
38051 Market Square
Zephyrhills, FL
 

Dr. Alicia Fierro works as an adult rheumatologist in Zephyrhills, FL and Land O Lakes, FL. Dr. Fierro's clinical interests include osteoporosis, lupus, and pregnancy. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

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

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

Dr. David Sikes works as a rheumatologist. Dr. Sikes studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Sikes include rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma. Patient ratings for Dr. Sikes average 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sikes is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma

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

Dr. Stephen Raterman is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Raterman average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Raterman is especially interested in replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), hip arthroscopy, and sports health. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Florida Medical Clinic, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. Dr. Raterman 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 attended the University of Louisville School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Georgia.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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

Dr. Casey John O Donnell, DO
Specializes in Physiatry, Interventional Pain Medicine
 

Dr. Casey O'Donnell is a medical specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and interventional pain medicine. Dr. O'Donnell is a graduate of the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine. His clinical interests encompass nerve conduction studies (NCS) and electromyography (EMG). He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis

All Interests: Electromyography, Nerve Conduction Studies, Osteoarthritis

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

Dr. Gerald Alexander specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Wesley Chapel, FL, Zephyrhills, FL, and Tampa, FL. Dr. Alexander has a special interest in knee arthroscopy and fractures (broken bones). 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 a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Dr. Alexander is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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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.
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