We found 7 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield 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 is a medical specialist in rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases). He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Culver's clinical interests encompass rheumatic diseases. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Culver is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. After completing medical school at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego.

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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's area of specialization is general internal medicine. In his practice, Dr. Goodman focuses on internal medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Before performing his residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Goodman attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Low Testosterone, Men's Health Issues, Sleep Disorders, Bone Diseases, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Dr. James D Spiegel, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2907 Chanticleer Avenue; 1st Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. James Spiegel is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Spiegel's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He is especially interested in orthopedic surgery. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Spiegel graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Spiegel's practice is open to new patients.

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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's areas of specialization are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Welle's areas of expertise consist of sports health and orthopedic surgery. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Welle attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. His residency was performed at Grandview Medical Center.

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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
1st Floor, Chanticleer Office (2907); 2907 Chanticleer Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Jon Nordgaard practices podiatry (foot & ankle medicine). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. For his professional training, Dr. Nordgaard completed a residency program at Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Nordgaard is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nordgaard honors. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 practices podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery in Santa Cruz, CA. Dr. Lindberg completed his residency training at The University Hospital, Newark. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lindberg accepts. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Lindberg is open to new patients.

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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. Patient ratings for Dr. Blakeslee average 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. For his residency, Dr. Blakeslee trained at Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Blakeslee'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: , 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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