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

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Dr. Sandeep Krishna Agarwal, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6410 Fannin Street; Suite 600
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sandeep Agarwal is an adult rheumatologist in Houston, TX. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Agarwal honors. Before performing his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dr. Agarwal attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school. He is 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)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ronnie Sheena is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Sheena include diabetes, thyroid problems, and heart problems. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sheena welcomes new patients. He is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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

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

Dr. John Posey is an internist. Clinical interests for Dr. Posey include diabetes, pap test, and hypotension (low blood pressure). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Workers' Compensation are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Posey takes. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Posey is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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

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

Dr. A. Saleem specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Saleem's areas of expertise include thyroid problems, depression, and adolescent issues. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Saleem's office for an appointment.

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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 is an adult rheumatology specialist in Houston, TX. Dr. Spindler's patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. These areas are among his clinical interests: raynaud's, osteoporosis, and musculoskeletal pain. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He studied medicine at Autonomous University of Madrid Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Spindler has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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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. Dr. Bush's clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), menopause, and thyroid problems. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. She has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Bush 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. Patients gave Dr. Patel an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: warts, thyroid problems, and moles. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She 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. Dr. Patel welcomes new patients. She studied medicine at 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 works as an internist in Houston, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, diabetes, and thyroid problems. On average, patients gave Dr. Zimmerman a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Zimmerman welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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

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

Dr. Javier Berrios is a specialist in adult rheumatology. He works in Katy, TX and Houston, TX. His areas of expertise include rheumatoid arthritis. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Berrios honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Berrios graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is professionally affiliated with Greater Heights Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Rheumatic Diseases

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

Dr. Melvyn Harrington works as an orthopedic reconstructive surgeon in Houston, TX. He is conversant in German. His clinical interests include hip replacement, knee problems, and knee replacement. Dr. Harrington's hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) Medical Center and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. Dr. Harrington graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Harrington average 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Harrington has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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

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

Dr. Rosa Tang sees patients in Houston, TX, Nassau Bay, TX, and Galveston, TX. Her medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Tang is conversant in Spanish. Her clinical interests include thyroid problems, strabismus, and electrophysiological (EP) study. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). She studied medicine at Cayetano Heredia University. Dr. Tang's training includes residency programs at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and Georgetown University Hospital. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Tang's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Eye Trauma, Eye Exam, Pituitary Surgery, Myasthenia ... (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 foot and ankle surgeon and orthopedist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ahuero include total ankle replacement. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility, and Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Ahuero takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama for residency. He 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

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

Dr. James Stafford is a plastic surgeon and hand surgeon in Houston, TX and Pasadena, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Stafford include microsurgery, arthritis surgery, and hand problems. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. Dr. Stafford's education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Stafford is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. 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. Catherine Wynne Palisch, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
One Baylor Plaza
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Catherine Palisch's area of specialization is adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery. After attending Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Palisch include joint reconstruction and arthritis. Dr. Palisch is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Palisch has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Hip Problems, Arthritis, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement, Minimally Invasive Procedures, Joint ... (Read more)

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

Dr. David Loncarich's medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and performed his residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Dr. Loncarich has a special interest in foot problems and ankle problems. The average patient rating for Dr. Loncarich is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Loncarich is accepting 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. David T.J. Netscher, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
2002 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. David Netscher is a physician who specializes in plastic surgery and hand surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Netscher speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise 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. He graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Netscher is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Workers' Compensation, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Netscher has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

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