We found 7 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept PacifiCare Signature Value 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 is a medical specialist in rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases). Dr. Culver has indicated that his clinical interests include rheumatic diseases. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Before performing his residency at Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego, Dr. Culver attended the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. Dr. Culver is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is accepting 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's specialty is general internal medicine. In his practice, he is particularly interested in internal medicine. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. After attending Wayne State University School of Medicine, Dr. Goodman completed his residency training at Henry Ford Hospital. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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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; 1st Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. James Spiegel practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Santa Cruz, CA. He speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Spiegel include orthopedic surgery. Dr. Spiegel's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Spiegel trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Spiegel accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. His 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 sees patients in Santa Cruz, CA. His medical specialties are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Before performing his residency at Grandview Medical Center, Dr. Welle attended Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific for medical school. These areas are among Dr. Welle's clinical interests: sports health and orthopedic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Welle average 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Welle is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is accepting new patients.

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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, Chanticleer Office (2907)
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Jon Nordgaard practices podiatry (foot & ankle medicine). He trained at Kaiser Permanente for his residency. Patient ratings for Dr. Nordgaard average 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nordgaard honors. Dr. Nordgaard is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He has an open panel.

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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. Dr. Lindberg is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He completed his residency training at The University Hospital, Newark. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lindberg 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's area of specialization is podiatry (foot & ankle medicine). He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Blakeslee honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He trained at Kaiser Permanente for his residency. Dr. Blakeslee is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He has an open panel.

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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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