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We found 47 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept First Health PPO near Houston, TX.

Dr. Luis Gonzalo Granier, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2900 Richmond Avenue; Suite 200
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Luis Granier works as an internist. Before completing his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Dr. Granier attended medical school at the University of Hamburg Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Granier's areas of expertise include prostate problems, warts, and thyroid problems. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Granier's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Warts, Depression, Adolescent Issues, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Bursitis, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. John Posey works as a general internist. Clinical interests for Dr. Posey include diabetes, pap test, and hypotension (low blood pressure). He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Workers' Compensation, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Posey has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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

Dr. Julie Yogesh Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology, Adult Rheumatology
2121 Holcombe Boulevard; Suite 800
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Julie Patel, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in adult allergy & immunology and adult rheumatology. Dr. Patel's clinical interests include raynaud's, osteoporosis, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. She attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Patel has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis

All Interests: Polymyositis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hives, Angioedema, Arthritis, Hay Fever, Raynaud's

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Genetics, Geriatrics
2000 Crawford Street; #1118
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Alice Ajim works as a general internist, genetics specialist, and geriatrician. She studied medicine at the University of Lagos College of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Ajim include warts, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and menopause. On average, patients gave Dr. Ajim a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Workers' Compensation, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). Dr. Ajim is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Adolescent Issues, Amenorrhea, Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Dr. Linda Charlene Porter-Tucci, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Linda Porter-Tucci works as a family medicine physician. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and asthma. The average patient rating for Dr. Porter-Tucci is 5.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and residency at Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program, Sugar Land. Dr. Porter-Tucci is affiliated with Houston Methodist.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Hypertension, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Arthritis, General Care, Asthma, Headache, Preventive Care, ... (Read more)

Dr. Christopher Paul Robben, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1950
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Christopher Robben practices general internal medicine. He graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Dr. Robben's areas of expertise include the following: prostate problems, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and menopause. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Robben is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Depression, Musculoskeletal Pain, Erectile Dysfunction, Hypertension, Lower Back ... (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's specialties are general internal medicine and adult pulmonology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Saleem at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Saleem include thyroid problems, depression, and adolescent issues. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). Dr. Saleem's practice is open to new patients.

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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 sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Spindler is a graduate of Autonomous University of Madrid Faculty of Medicine and Complutense University of Madrid Faculty of Medicine. His areas of expertise include raynaud's, osteoporosis, and musculoskeletal pain. He is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Spindler accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis

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

Dr. Ronnie Alan Gentry, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1950
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ronnie Gentry specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Houston, TX. These areas are among Dr. Gentry's clinical interests: diabetes, sinusitis (sinus infection), and thyroid problems. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist Hospital. He attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for residency. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gentry honors. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Hypertension, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Arthritis, Sinusitis, High Cholesterol, Thyroid Problems, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Barbara Bush works as an internist. Dr. Bush is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), menopause, and thyroid problems. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Bush is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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

Dr. Sapandeep Kaur Khurana, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology
6624 Fannin Street, Saint Luke's O'quinn Medical Towers; Suite 1410
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sippi Khurana is an allergist/immunologist and rheumatologist in Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Khurana include sinusitis (sinus infection), raynaud's, and osteoporosis. Dr. Khurana is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. She has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Khurana welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis

All Interests: Polymyositis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Hives, Angioedema, Arthritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sheena Gibbons Stubbers, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1950
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sheena Stubbers is a general internist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Stubbers include prostate problems, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and menopause. Patients gave Dr. Stubbers an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. She graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Stubbers welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Depression, Musculoskeletal Pain, Erectile Dysfunction, Hypertension, Lower Back ... (Read more)

Dr. Martha Frances Gerteisen, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Martha Gerteisen's specialties are general internal medicine and general pediatrics. She practices in Pearland, TX and Houston, TX. Dr. Gerteisen has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Her areas of expertise include the following: sinusitis (sinus infection), thyroid problems, and heart problems. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. She graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Sleep Apnea, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Arthritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard Alan Rubin, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Richard Rubin is an adult rheumatologist in Houston, TX. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include raynaud's, lupus, and lyme disease. Dr. Rubin honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Rubin is affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Arthritis, Lupus, Lyme Disease, Raynaud's

Dr. Naureen Alim, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology
6550 Fannin Street, Smith Tower; Suite 2421
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Naureen Alim's areas of specialization are allergy & immunology and adult rheumatology. These areas are among her clinical interests: sinusitis (sinus infection), raynaud's, and osteoporosis. Dr. Alim is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. She has received the following distinctions: Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Alim is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Musculoskeletal Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hives, Arthritis, Sinusitis, Hay Fever, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jovan M Popovich, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6560 Fannin Street; Scurlock Tower, Suite 400
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Jovan Popovich is an adult rheumatologist. He has indicated that his clinical interests include rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Popovich is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He studied medicine at the University of Belgrade School of Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Popovich has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, 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.