We found 10 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept Blue Advantage HMO near Bolingbrook, IL.

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Dr. Jonathan David Meek, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
412 63rd Street; Suite 103
Downers Grove, IL
 

Dr. Jonathan Meek works as a family medicine practitioner in Downers Grove, IL. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, well woman gynecology, and cancer screening. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Meek takes. Dr. Meek is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and a graduate of Adventist Hinsdale Hospital's residency program. His professional affiliations include Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Dr. Carolyn F Rae, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
412 63rd Street; Suite 100
Downers Grove, IL
 

Dr. Carolyn Rae's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Her areas of expertise include the following: well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. She is professionally affiliated with Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Medical Center La Grange. Dr. Rae is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rae takes.

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All Interests: Depression, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Arthritis, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Asthma, Fatigue, Blood ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Ettore Giacomi Jr., DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
23836 W 135th Street; Suite 103
Plainfield, IL
 

Dr. Mark Giacomi is a family medicine physician. Areas of expertise for Dr. Giacomi include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and contraception (birth control). Dr. Giacomi is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He is a graduate of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. His professional affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Dr. Christine H Shih, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
329 Remington Boulevard; Suite 100
Bolingbrook, IL
 

Dr. Christine Shih works as a family medicine physician. Dr. Shih's average rating from her patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and contraception (birth control). She is affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Shih graduated from Rush Medical College. She speaks Cantonese.

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Dr. Tina M Brueschke, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
412 63rd Street; Suite 103
Downers Grove, IL
 

Dr. Tina Brueschke is a Downers Grove, IL physician who specializes in family medicine. Her areas of expertise include the following: well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and contraception (birth control). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Medical Center La Grange. Dr. Brueschke graduated from Rush Medical College. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Fayez Mekhael Nagib Mekhael, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
516 E. Boughton Road
Bolingbrook, IL
 

Dr. Fayez Mekhael sees patients in Bolingbrook, IL. His medical specialty is family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Mekhael include anaphylaxis, acne, and carotid artery disease. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry. After completing medical school at Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Mekhael performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He speaks Arabic. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, gout

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Dr. Gerald Simon, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
412 63rd Street; Suite 100
Downers Grove, IL
 

Dr. Gerald Simon's specialties are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). He practices in Downers Grove, IL and Countryside, IL. His clinical interests include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Medical Center La Grange. Dr. Simon studied medicine at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Simon average 2.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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Dr. Mario Prete, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
412 63rd Street; #100
Downers Grove, IL
 

Dr. Mario Prete practices general internal medicine. Dr. Prete graduated from the University of Bologna Faculty of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, well woman gynecology, and cancer screening. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Prete is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Italian. His professional affiliations include Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Medical Center La Grange.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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Dr. Madhuri R Yemul, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
329 Remington Boulevard; Suite 100
Bolingbrook, IL
 

Dr. Madhuri Yemul specializes in family medicine and practices in Naperville, IL and Bolingbrook, IL. These areas are among her clinical interests: thyroid problems, acne, and adolescent issues. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook and Adventist Health Partners (AHP). Dr. Yemul is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Yemul graduated from Grant Medical College. Dr. Yemul (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telugu and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , gout

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Dr. John Hoon Lee, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
396 Remington Boulevard; Suite 130
Bolingbrook, IL
 

Dr. John Lee's area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Lee include hip replacement, arthroscopic surgery, and knee replacement. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lee is a graduate of Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine. Dr. Lee is conversant in Korean. He is affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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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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