We found 8 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept QualCare near Monroe, NJ.

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
532 Lafayette Road; Suite 100
Sparta, NJ
 

Dr. Haroon Sarwar specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Sparta, NJ, Vernon, NJ, and Hackettstown, NJ. Patients rated Dr. Sarwar highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Sarwar include metabolic bone disease, musculoskeletal imaging, and myositis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Newton Medical Center and Atlantic Health System. He accepts AARP, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending King Edward Medical University for medical school, Dr. Sarwar completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Wright State University. In addition to English, Dr. Sarwar (or staff) speaks Urdu and Punjabi.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis, gout

All Interests: Pain, Metabolic Bone Disease, Myositis, Tendon Problems, Hip Problems, Knee Pain, Neck Pain, Wrist ... (Read more)

Dr. James Leonard Scales Jr., MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
280 Newton Sparta Road; Suite 4
Newton, NJ
 

Dr. James Scales sees patients in Newton, NJ and Montague, NJ. His medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include scoliosis, arthroscopic surgery, and general orthopedics. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Scales is an in-network provider for AARP, Fortis, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Scales obtained his medical school training at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Newton Medical Center and Atlantic Health System. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Hip Pain, Knee Pain, Neck Pain, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Scoliosis, Shoulder Problems, Bone ... (Read more)

Dr. Kenneth J Rieger, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
89 Sparta Avenue; Knoll Place, Suite 202
Sparta, NJ
 

Dr. Kenneth Rieger specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Rieger's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rieger include scoliosis, hip dysplasia, and pain management. He honors AARP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Rieger's training includes a residency program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He has received the following distinction: Millburn-Short Hills Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Morristown Medical Center, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, and Overlook Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Hip Dysplasia, Scoliosis, Fractures, Back Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems, Neck Problems, Spinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Stephen Dennis Koss, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
380 Lafayette Road, Rt.15; Suite 203/204
Sparta, NJ
 

Dr. Stephen Koss is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine specialist. He is rated highly by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: arthroscopic surgery, general orthopedics, and hip injury. Dr. Koss takes Anthem, Fortis, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Before performing his residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Koss attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Morristown Medical Center and Newton Medical Center. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Hip Pain, Knee Pain, Neck Pain, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. George Salem Naseef III, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
380 Lafayette Road; Suite 204
Sparta, NJ
 

Dr. George Naseef is a spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include scoliosis, spinal stenosis, and neck problems. Dr. Naseef's hospital/clinic affiliations include Morristown Medical Center, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, and Overlook Medical Center. Dr. Naseef accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Community Care Network (CCN), and more. He attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. He trained at Union Memorial Hospital for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Scoliosis, Fractures, Back Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems, Neck Problems, Arthritis, Spine ... (Read more)

Dr. Leigh S Ende, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
380 Lafayette Road
Sparta, NJ
 

Dr. Leigh Ende's medical specialty is hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Her areas of expertise include the following: cancer, carpal tunnel syndrome, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). She has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Ende is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, AARP, and Guardian. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), Dr. Ende attended Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Ende is affiliated with Newton Medical Center and Atlantic Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Wounds, Bone Problems, Fractures, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Clair Weinschenk, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
280 Newton Sparta Road
Newton, NJ
 

Dr. Robert Weinschenk is an orthopedic surgeon in Newton, NJ and Montague, NJ. Areas of expertise for Dr. Weinschenk include arthroscopic surgery, total shoulder replacement, and general orthopedics. Patients gave Dr. Weinschenk an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Fortis, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Weinschenk attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School for residency. His professional affiliations include Newton Medical Center and Atlantic Health System. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Hip Pain, Knee Pain, Neck Pain, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Wayne Anthony Colizza, MD
Specializes in Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
376 Lafayette Road, Suite 103; Route 15 South
Sparta, NJ
 

Dr. Wayne Colizza is a physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Colizza average 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include total shoulder replacement, hip injury, and minimally invasive knee replacement. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and Focus are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Colizza honors. After attending McGill University Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with McGill University. In addition to English, Dr. Colizza (or staff) speaks French and Italian. He is professionally affiliated with Morristown Medical Center Atlantic Sports Health.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Pain, Sports Health, Hip Pain, Hip Problems, Knee Pain, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, ... (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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