We found 9 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Platinum near Palm Harbor, FL.

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Dr Antony G Sankoorikal MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Average rating 2.37 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
2655 State Road 580; Suite 201
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Antony Sankoorikal specializes in adult rheumatology. Dr. Sankoorikal is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. In his practice, he is particularly interested in fibromyalgia, lupus, and arthritis. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for residency. He speaks Malayalam. Dr. Sankoorikal is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital and BayCare Physician Partners.

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Relevant Interests: , Arthritis

All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Lupus, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Ananda Som MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 4.28 stars out of 5 (14 ratings)
30522 Us 19 N; Suite 109
Palm Harbor, FL

Dr. Ananda Som specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Palm Harbor, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Som include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), trigger point injections, and holter monitoring. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing his residency at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Dr. Som attended Maulana Azad Medical College for medical school. Dr. Som (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Bengali and Hindi. He is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Arthritis

All Interests: Auto Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Shingles ... (Read more)

Dr Percy Renato Bracamonte MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
Average rating 3.65 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
646 Virginia Street; Suite 601
Dunedin, FL

Dr. Percy Bracamonte specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) and practices in Dunedin, FL. Dr. Bracamonte's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), trigger point injections, and depression. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Medical Group, and Mease Countryside Hospital. Dr. Bracamonte is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing his residency at Jersey City Medical Center, Dr. Bracamonte attended Cayetano Heredia University for medical school. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , Arthritis

All Interests: Depression, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Estrogen Therapy, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Dia ... (Read more)

Dr Tatiana P Nagibina MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Average rating 4.5 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
32615 Us Highway 19 N; Suite 2
Palm Harbor, FL

Dr. Tatiana Nagibina works as an adult rheumatologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Nagibina include trigger point injections, lupus, and lyme disease. She is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Nagibina is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Nagibina attended medical school at Minsk State Medical Institute. She is conversant in Russian.

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Relevant Interests: , Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bone Density Test, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Shoulder Problems, Fibromyalgia, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 1.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
646 Virginia Street; Suite 204
Dunedin, FL

Dr. Douglas Jones is a Dunedin, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Jones's clinical interests include back pain, diabetes, and arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats). Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Jones attended medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and BlueOptions, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , Arthritis

All Interests: Holter Monitoring, Fibromyalgia, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Sexual Dysfunction, Shingles, Arthritis, Arr ... (Read more)

John H Shim MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Average rating 4.39 stars out of 5 (12 ratings)
3890 Tampa Road; Suite 202
Palm Harbor, FL

Dr. John Shim's medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Shim studied medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. For his residency, Dr. Shim trained at Montefiore Medical Center. These areas are among his clinical interests: knee problems, lumbar laminectomy, and cervical (neck) spine problems. Dr. Shim's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Osteoarthritis, Arthritis

All Interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Auto Injuries, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Spinal Procedures, Scoliosis, Sho ... (Read more)

Dr David Richmond Whiddon MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 409
Safety Harbor, FL

Dr. David Whiddon is an orthopedic reconstructive surgeon in Clearwater, FL, Safety Harbor, FL, and Trinity, FL. In his practice, he is particularly interested in knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity), and Mease Countryside Hospital. Dr. Whiddon is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and the University of Virginia School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Whiddon trained at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.

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Relevant Interests: , Arthritis

All Interests: Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Arthritis, Hip Problems, Replacement Arthroplasty

Dr Christopher William Grayson MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (6 ratings)
36413 Us Highway 19 N
Palm Harbor, FL

Dr. Christopher Grayson specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Grayson include knee replacement, femur (thigh bone) fracture, and aspiration. Dr. Grayson is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. Dr. Grayson's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Tampa Community Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Arthritis

All Interests: Femur Fracture, Hip Pain, Knee Pain, Revision Arthroplasty, Fractures, Knee Problems, Arthritis, Kne ... (Read more)

Ronald Williams DO
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Average rating 4.87 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
37026 Us Highway 19 N
Palm Harbor, FL

Dr. Ronald Williams' area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient reviews placed Dr. Williams at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Williams include steroid injections, amputation, and carpal tunnel surgery. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Williams honors. Before completing his residency at Peninsula Hospital Center, Dr. Williams attended medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity), and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Osteoarthritis, Arthritis

All Interests: Elbow Pain, Shoulder Fracture, Auto Injuries, Elbow Fracture, Knee Pain, Wrist Replacement, Neck Pai ... (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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