We found 7 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept Aetna HMO near Santa Cruz, CA.

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Dr. Brandon Donald Culver, MD
Specializes in Other, Rheumatology
2025 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Brent Culver works as a rheumatologist. He has a special interest in rheumatic diseases. Dr. Culver's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. After attending the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego. Patient reviews placed Dr. Culver at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Sjogren's Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gilbert Goodman, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1301 Mission Street; 1st Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Gilbert Goodman is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Goodman include internal medicine. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine and a graduate of Henry Ford Hospital's residency program. Dr. Goodman is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Unfortunately, he is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Low Testosterone, Sleep Disorders, Bone Diseases, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Back Problems, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. James D Spiegel, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2907 Chanticleer Avenue; First Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. James Spiegel's specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Spiegel include orthopedic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Spiegel's practice is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis, Dr. Spiegel attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Meniscus Repair, Sports Health, Elbow Arthroscopy, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas James Welle, DO
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
2907 Chanticleer Avenue; 1st Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Thomas Welle is a physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Welle include sports health and orthopedic surgery. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. He completed his residency training at Grandview Medical Center. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Welle takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Welle's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , knee arthritis, hip arthritis

All Interests: Meniscus Repair, Knee Arthritis, Sports Health, ACL Injury, Elbow Arthroscopy, Shoulder ... (Read more)

Jon E Nordgaard
Specializes in Podiatry
2907 Chanticleer Avenue; 1st Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Jon Nordgaard specializes in podiatry (foot & ankle medicine). He completed his residency training at Kaiser Permanente. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Nordgaard is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Nordgaard's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hallux rigidus (severe big toe arthritis), arthritis

All Interests: Warts, Sports Health, Athlete's Foot, Foot Surgery, Hallux Rigidus, Ingrown Nails, Neuropathy, ... (Read more)

Carl Brandon Lindberg
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
2907 Chanticleer; 1st Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Carl Lindberg's areas of specialization are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Lindberg's training includes a residency program at The University Hospital, Newark. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lindberg takes. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , hallux rigidus (severe big toe arthritis), arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Foot Surgery, Hallux Rigidus, Ingrown Nails, Neuropathy, Diabetic Foot Ulcers, Heel ... (Read more)

Timothy Blakeslee
Specializes in Podiatry
2907 Chanticleer Avenue; 1st Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Timothy Blakeslee practices podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) in Santa Cruz, CA. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Blakeslee accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. He trained at Kaiser Permanente for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Foot Surgery, Plantar Warts, Ingrown Nails, Fractures, Diabetic Foot Ulcers, Heel ... (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.
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