We found 6 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze near Zephyrhills, FL.

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

Dr. Alicia Fierro works as an adult rheumatologist. Dr. Fierro attended medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her areas of clinical interest consist of osteoporosis, lupus, and pregnancy. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. 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-Velazquez is an adult rheumatology specialist. He attended medical school at Ponce School of Medicine. He has indicated that his clinical interests include osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. Dr. Rodriguez-Velazquez honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Rodriguez-Velazquez is professionally affiliated with 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 is an adult rheumatology specialist in Zephyrhills, FL and Land O Lakes, FL. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma. Dr. Sikes is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Sikes studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma

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

Dr. Casey O'Donnell's areas of specialization are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and interventional pain medicine; he sees patients in Land O Lakes, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. O'Donnell include nerve conduction studies (NCS) and electromyography (EMG). Dr. O'Donnell is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis

All Interests: Electromyography, Nerve Conduction Studies, Osteoarthritis

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

Dr. Stephen Raterman's specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Raterman graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Georgia for residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: 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 Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is 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)

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

Dr. Gerald Alexander, who practices in Wesley Chapel, FL, Zephyrhills, FL, and Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Alexander include knee arthroscopy and fractures (broken bones). He is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. Dr. Alexander 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 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.
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