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Specializes in Other, Rheumatology
70 Fox Ridge; Suite B
Debary, FL

Dr. Sanjiv Kapil practices rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases). Dr. Kapil's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kapil include polymyositis, dermatomyositis, and degenerative disc disease. He is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kapil takes. He attended Maulana Azad Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, arthritis, knee osteoarthritis, spinal osteoarthritis, hip osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Wrist Problems, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Shoulder ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Nephrology
2877 Wellness Avenue
Orange City, FL

Dr. Alfredo Pegoraro is an adult nephrologist in Deland, FL and Orange City, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pegoraro include hypokalemia, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois, Dr. Pegoraro attended National University of Cordoba Faculty of Medical Sciences for medical school. He is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gout

All Interests: Nephrotic Syndrome, Kidney Stones, Hyperparathyroidism, Hypertension, Gout, Diabetes, Hemodialysis, ... (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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