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We found 4 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept Blue Choice Bronze PPO 005 near Pasadena, TX.

Dr. Melanie E Zuo, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
11452 Space Center Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Melanie Zuo works as a general internist and geriatrician in Dallas, TX and Houston, TX. Her clinical interests include emphysema, depression, and aging. Dr. Zuo is affiliated with the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. After attending the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school, she completed her residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Zuo include: Texas Rising Stars and Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Depression, Preventive Care, Arthritis, Elder Care, Women's Health Issues, Anxiety, Memory Loss, ... (Read more)

Dr. James Benjamin Iv Stafford IV, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
3350 Fairview Street
Pasadena, TX
 

Dr. James Stafford is a medical specialist in plastic surgery and hand surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: 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. After attending the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dr. Stafford completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. The average patient rating for Dr. Stafford is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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

Dr. Edward Charles Murphy, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery, Other
3351 Plainview; Suite A-4
Pasadena, TX
 

Dr. Edward Murphy is a physician who specializes in neurosurgery. Dr. Murphy is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: pituitary surgery, acoustic neuroma, and aneurysm. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). Dr. Murphy is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Murphy trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Murphy is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Brain AVM, Bone Spurs, Neck Pain, Brain Cancer, Lower Back Pain, Aneurysm, Neck Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Eddie H Huang, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
11476 Space Ctr Boulevard; Suite 100
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Eddie Huang is a medical specialist in adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC), Dr. Huang attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school.

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Relevant Interests: , knee arthritis

All Interests: Knee Arthritis, Transplant Procedures, Hip Problems, Replacement Arthroplasty

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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.