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

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

Dr. Jonathan Meek specializes in family medicine. Dr. Meek's clinical interests include diabetes, well woman gynecology, and cancer screening. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school and subsequently trained at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital for residency.

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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 area of specialization is general internal medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. Dr. Rae is affiliated with Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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

Dr. Tina Brueschke sees patients in Downers Grove, IL. Her medical specialty is family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Brueschke include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and contraception (birth control). She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. She attended medical school at Rush Medical College. Her professional affiliations include Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

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

Dr. Christine Shih sees patients in Bolingbrook, IL. Her medical specialty is family medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Shih average 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shih include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and contraception (birth control). She is affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shih studied medicine at Rush Medical College. She speaks Cantonese.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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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 works as an internist and geriatrician. He is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. The average patient rating for Dr. Simon is 2.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He is affiliated with Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

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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's area of specialization is general internal medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Bologna Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Prete's clinical interests include diabetes, well woman gynecology, and cancer screening. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Italian. Dr. Prete is professionally affiliated with Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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

Dr. Mark Giacomi works as a family medicine practitioner in Plainfield, IL. His areas of expertise include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and contraception (birth control). Dr. Giacomi is affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Health Network (AHN). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Giacomi is a graduate of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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

Dr. Fayez Mekhael's medical specialty is family medicine. He graduated from Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Mekhael's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mekhael include chronic sinusitis, abuse, and strabismus. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. Dr. Mekhael is professionally affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, gout

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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. These areas are among her clinical interests: thyroid problems, acne, and adolescent issues. Her professional affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and Adventist Health Partners (AHP). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Yemul takes. Dr. Yemul studied medicine at Grant Medical College. In addition to English, Dr. Yemul (or staff) speaks 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 specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include hip replacement, arthroscopic surgery, and knee replacement. Dr. Lee takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine. He is conversant in Korean. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.

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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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