We found 43 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept First Health PPO near Houston, TX.

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

Dr. Julie Patel's medical specialty is adult allergy & immunology and adult rheumatology. Her areas of expertise include raynaud's, osteoporosis, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). Dr. Patel honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. She has received distinctions including Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Patel is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis

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

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

Dr. Luis Granier's area of specialization is general internal medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: prostate problems, warts, and thyroid problems. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Before performing his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Dr. Granier attended the University of Hamburg Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Granier's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann. He is accepting new patients.

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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 is an internist in Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Posey include diabetes, pap test, and hypotension (low blood pressure). He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Workers' Compensation. He is a graduate of 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 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, Genetics, Geriatrics
2000 Crawford Street; #1118
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Alice Ajim is a general internist, genetics specialist, and geriatrician. She has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Ajim include warts, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and menopause. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Workers' Compensation are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ajim takes. She is open to new patients. She is a graduate of the University of Lagos College of Medicine.

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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 sees patients in Pearland, TX and Houston, TX. Her medical specialty is family medicine. She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Porter-Tucci's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and asthma. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. She attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program, Sugar Land for residency. She is professionally 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. Agha Sahir Saleem, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
1919 North Loop West Suite; 410
Houston, TX
 

Dr. A. Saleem is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine and adult pulmonology. Clinical interests for Dr. Saleem include thyroid problems, depression, and adolescent issues. Dr. Saleem accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Saleem's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). He 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. Christopher Paul Robben, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1950
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Christopher Robben's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Robben average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Robben's clinical interests include prostate problems, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and menopause. He is professionally 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. Robben accepts. He attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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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's specialty is adult rheumatology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Rubin include raynaud's, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Rubin is affiliated with Houston Methodist Hospital. He is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. He is rated highly by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rubin has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Rubin's 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. 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. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include raynaud's, osteoporosis, and musculoskeletal pain. Dr. Spindler honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Spindler is a graduate of Autonomous University of Madrid Faculty of Medicine and Complutense University of Madrid Faculty of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Spindler's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis

All Interests: Musculoskeletal Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Lower Back Pain, Neck ... (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's specialties are allergy & immunology and adult rheumatology. She practices in Houston, TX. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Khurana include sinusitis (sinus infection), raynaud's, and osteoporosis. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and CIGNA Plans. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Khurana is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis

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

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

Dr. Ronnie Gentry sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Gentry's clinical interests include diabetes, sinusitis (sinus infection), and thyroid problems. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. After attending the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Gentry is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist Hospital. Dr. Gentry 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)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Barbara Bush's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Her areas of expertise include the following: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), menopause, and thyroid problems. Patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Bush is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bush is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is accepting new patients.

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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 is an internist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Patel include warts, thyroid problems, and moles. Dr. Patel is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine. She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She takes 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. Patel's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis

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

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

Dr. Sheena Stubbers is an internist. Dr. Stubbers's areas of expertise include the following: prostate problems, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and menopause. She is rated highly by her patients. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. She graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Stubbers is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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

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

Dr. Stanley Zimmerman's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Zimmerman graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, diabetes, and thyroid problems. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Zimmerman 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 is a medical specialist in rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases) and adult allergy & immunology. Dr. Huston is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Huston trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His areas of expertise include sinusitis (sinus infection), hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and asthma. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Huston is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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

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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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