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We found 4 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept Humana Bronze 4850/HMO Premier near Temple, TX.

Dr. Aabu Alex Thomas, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1605 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Aabu Thomas works as an adult rheumatologist in Temple, TX. In his practice, he is particularly interested in rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Thomas is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and Humana HMO. He studied medicine at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana. In addition to English, Dr. Thomas (or staff) speaks Hindi and Malayalam. Dr. Thomas is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis

Dr. Marilyn Kay Clark, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1605 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Marilyn Clark specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Temple, TX. She is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. She graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr. Clark accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, gout, ankylosing spondylitis

All Interests: Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Gout, Giant ... (Read more)

Dr. Neal Ira Shparago, DO
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1605 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Neal Shparago, who practices in Temple, TX, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Shparago is a graduate of the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Tripler Army Medical Center's residency program. His areas of expertise include the following: uveitis, psoriatic arthritis, and polymyositis. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shparago takes. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Polymyositis, Psoriasis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Gout, Uveitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Wendy Lynne Czerwinski, PhD, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
2401 South 31st Street; Division of Plastic Surgery
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Wendy Czerwinski is a specialist in plastic surgery and hand surgery. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She studied medicine at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Czerwinski's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with McGill University. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Czerwinski include: First Annual Jensen Award, Bruner Hand Fellow, Mayo Clinic; Clifford Snyder Award - PSRC, Best resident paper at annual international meeting, McGill University; and Clifford Synder Award - PSRC, Best resident paper at annual international meeting, McGill University. She speaks French. She is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Carpal Tunnel Surgery, Dupuytren's Contracture, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cosmetic Surgery, Facial ... (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.