We found 43 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept Blue Advantage Silver HMO 004 near Houston, TX.

Dr. John Alton Posey Jr., PhD, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. John Posey practices general internal medicine in Houston, TX. Dr. Posey's clinical interests include diabetes, pap test, and hypotension (low blood pressure). He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Workers' Compensation, and more. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Posey has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Hypertension, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Diabetes, Arthritis, High Cholesterol, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ronnie Sheena specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Houston, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, thyroid problems, and heart problems. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Sheena graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Sheena takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Preventive Care, Heart Problems, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Arthritis

Dr. Sandeep Krishna Agarwal, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6431 Fannin Msb; 5th Floor
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sandeep Agarwal specializes in adult rheumatology. Dr. Agarwal is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school and subsequently trained at Brigham and Women's Hospital for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Research, Scleroderma, Autoimmune Disorders, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, ... (Read more)

Dr. Agha Sahir Saleem, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
1919 North Loop West Suite; 410
Houston, TX
 

Dr. A. Saleem practices general internal medicine and adult pulmonology in Houston, TX. Dr. Saleem's areas of expertise include thyroid problems, depression, and adolescent issues. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. Dr. Saleem is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Depression, Adolescent Issues, Amenorrhea, Sleep Disorders, Incontinence, Rheumatoid Arthritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph S Spindler, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Joseph Spindler specializes in adult rheumatology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Spindler include raynaud's, osteoporosis, and musculoskeletal pain. Dr. Spindler is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Spindler's office for an appointment. He studied medicine at Autonomous University of Madrid Faculty of Medicine and Complutense University of Madrid Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Spindler has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis

All Interests: Musculoskeletal Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Lower Back Pain, Neck ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Barbara Bush specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Houston, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bush include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), menopause, and thyroid problems. She has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Bush graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Amenorrhea, Bursitis, Hypertension, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Non-Invasive Cardiology, ... (Read more)

Dr. Hema C Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
18400 Katy Freeway, Suite 600; Medical Office Building 1
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Hema Patel's specialty is general internal medicine. Patient reviews placed Dr. Patel at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Patel include warts, thyroid problems, and moles. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Patel takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. She is open to new patients. She graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis

All Interests: Warts, Amenorrhea, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cervical Dysplasia, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Scoliosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Stanley Jay Zimmerman, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Stanley Zimmerman is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Zimmerman attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. These areas are among his clinical interests: back pain, diabetes, and thyroid problems. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Zimmerman takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Neck Pain, Hypertension, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Arthritis, Back Pain, Heart Failure, Thyroid ... (Read more)

Dr. David Paul Huston, MD
Specializes in Rheumatology, Adult Allergy & Immunology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. David Huston's specialties are rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases) and adult allergy & immunology. He practices in Houston, TX. His areas of expertise include sinusitis (sinus infection), hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and asthma. Dr. Huston is affiliated with Houston Methodist. After attending Wake Forest University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Huston has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Arthritis, Sinusitis, Lupus, Asthma, Vasculitis, Hives, Angioedema, Hay Fever

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1631 North Loop W; Suite 555
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Javier Berrios is a specialist in adult rheumatology. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Berrios is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Berrios studied medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Rheumatic Diseases

Dr. Rosa Ana Tang, MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology, Ophthalmology
4901 Calhoun
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Rosa Tang's specialties are neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and ophthalmology (eye disease). She practices in Houston, TX, Nassau Bay, TX, and Galveston, TX. She studied medicine at Cayetano Heredia University. Her training includes residency programs at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Tang's clinical interests include thyroid problems, strabismus, and electrophysiological (EP) study. Patients rated Dr. Tang highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Tang's hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Eye Exam, Pituitary Surgery, Myasthenia Gravis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Melvyn Augustus Harrington Jr. Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
2002 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Melvyn Harrington is an adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery specialist. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Harrington include hip replacement, knee problems, and knee replacement. He is affiliated with Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. Dr. Harrington accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. He studied medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is conversant in German.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Revision Hip Arthroplasty, Knee Problems, Arthritis, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement, Joint ... (Read more)

Dr. James Benjamin Iv Stafford IV, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
2002 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. James Stafford sees patients in Houston, TX and Pasadena, TX. His medical specialties are plastic surgery and hand surgery. Patients gave Dr. Stafford an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include microsurgery, arthritis surgery, and hand problems. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Stafford's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Elbow Arthroscopy, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Arthritis, Hand Problems, Arthritis Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. David Terence Netscher, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
2002 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. David Netscher's specialties are plastic surgery and hand surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Netscher include dermabrasion, oral reconstruction, and breast augmentation. He is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. Dr. Netscher honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Workers' Compensation, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. After completing medical school at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Netscher speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Oral Reconstruction, Breast Augmentation, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cosmetic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. David Patrick Loncarich, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
7401 S. Main
Houston, TX
 

Dr. David Loncarich's medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Loncarich is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and a graduate of Naval Medical Center San Diego's residency program. His areas of expertise include the following: foot problems and ankle problems. Patient ratings for Dr. Loncarich average 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Loncarich welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, Ankle Problems, Arthritis, Foot Problems, Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jason Samuel Ahuero, MD
Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2002 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Jason Ahuero is a specialist in foot & ankle surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Houston, TX and Grapevine, TX. Dr. Ahuero is especially interested in total ankle replacement. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility, and Baylor College of Medicine. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ahuero accepts. He obtained his medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. Dr. Ahuero has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Ankle Problems, Arthritis, Sports Injuries, Foot Problems, Total Ankle Replacement, Trauma

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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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