We found 43 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept First Health PPO 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)

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

Dr. Linda Porter-Tucci practices family medicine in Pearland, TX and Houston, TX. Before completing her residency at Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program, Sugar Land, Dr. Porter-Tucci attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and asthma. Dr. Porter-Tucci's average patient rating 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. Porter-Tucci honors. She 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 P Robben, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1950
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Christopher Robben's specialty is general internal medicine. He graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Dr. Robben's areas of expertise include prostate problems, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and menopause. 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. Robben takes. Dr. Robben has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally 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. Richard Alan Rubin, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Richard Rubin is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. He attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Rubin's areas of expertise include raynaud's, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. The average patient rating for Dr. Rubin is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Rubin is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis

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

Dr. Agha Sahir Saleem, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
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. Sheena G Stubbers, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1950
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sheena Stubbers is a general internist. She graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Stubbers's clinical interests include prostate problems, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and menopause. Her average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Stubbers is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She has an open panel.

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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 is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine and general pediatrics. Dr. Gerteisen has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Her areas of expertise include sinusitis (sinus infection), thyroid problems, and heart problems. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Gerteisen is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Sleep Apnea, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Arthritis, ... (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. Naureen Alim, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology
6550 Fannin Street, Smith Tower; Suite 2421
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Naureen Alim is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in allergy & immunology and adult rheumatology. Dr. Alim's areas of expertise include the following: sinusitis (sinus infection), raynaud's, and osteoporosis. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. She has an open panel. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Alim include: Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Musculoskeletal Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hives, Arthritis, Sinusitis, Hay Fever, ... (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. Luis G Granier-Spikula, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2900 Richmond Avenue; Suite 200
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Luis Granier-Spikula's area of specialization is general internal medicine. He graduated from the University of Hamburg Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. These areas are among Dr. Granier-Spikula's clinical interests: prostate problems, warts, and thyroid problems. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Granier-Spikula is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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

Dr. Viviane M Bunin, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Viviane Bunin specializes in adult rheumatology. She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Bunin include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bunin accepts. Her practice is open to new patients. Dr. Bunin completed her residency training at Baystate Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Lupus, Vasculitis

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1701 Sunset Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Suong Tran is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tran include raynaud's, osteoporosis, and musculoskeletal pain. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Tran is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis

All Interests: Polymyositis, Osteoporosis, Musculoskeletal Pain, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Julie Yogesh Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology, Adult Rheumatology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Julie Patel specializes in adult allergy & immunology and adult rheumatology and practices in Houston, TX. Dr. Patel's areas of expertise include the following: raynaud's, osteoporosis, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has an open panel. Dr. Patel graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Her distinctions include: Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis

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

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

Dr. Jovan Popovich is a specialist in adult rheumatology. He is rated highly by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Popovich include rheumatoid arthritis. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Popovich takes. He graduated from the University of Belgrade School of Medicine. Dr. Popovich is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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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.
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