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Dr. George David Markovich, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
8350 Riverwalk Park Boulevard; Suite 1
Fort Myers, FL
 

Dr. George Markovich's area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient reviews placed Dr. Markovich at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Markovich include knee problems, foot problems, and shoulder problems. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC), Dr. Markovich attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Markovich speaks Spanish.

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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
8350 Riverwalk Park Boulevard; Suite 1
Fort Myers, FL
 

Dr. David Heligman is an orthopedic surgeon in Fort Myers, FL. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Heligman's areas of expertise include the following: arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and osteoporosis. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Heligman trained at Rush University Medical Center. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Heligman's practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
8710 College Pky
Fort Myers, FL
 

Dr. Abbott Kagan is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. He has indicated that his clinical interests include knee problems, shoulder problems, and hip problems. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Kagan is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2745 Swamp Cabbage Court
Fort Myers, FL
 

Dr. John Kagan is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Kagan average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Kagan's areas of expertise include the following: arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and sports health. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Kagan attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3210 Cleveland Avenue; Suite 100
Fort Myers, FL
 

Dr. James Manzanares' areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Manzanares accepts. Dr. Manzanares attended medical school at Mayo Medical School. His medical residency was performed at Olmsted Community Hospital.

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All Interests: Tumor, Osteoporosis, Fractures, Lower Back Problems, Neck Problems, Arthritis, Spine Problems, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3033 Winkler Avenue
Fort Myers, FL
 

Dr. Roberto Martinez sees patients in Cape Coral, FL and Fort Myers, FL. His medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Martinez include replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), sports health, and arthritis. Before completing his residency at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Dr. Martinez attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Martinez honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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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