We found 16 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept BlueCare near Pinellas Park, FL.

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Dr. Michelle S Spuza Milord, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5100 Seminole Boulevard
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Michelle Spuza-Milord's specialty is adult rheumatology. Her areas of expertise include the following: holistic medicine, fibromyalgia, and lupus. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Spuza-Milord takes. Her education and training includes medical school at Eugenio Maria de Hostos University and residency at St. Francis Medical Center, Pittsburgh and Boston Medical Center. Dr. Spuza-Milord (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Romanian, and Serbo-Croatian. She is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis, gout

All Interests: Sarcoidosis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Scleroderma, Fibromyalgia, Holistic Medicine, Gout, ... (Read more)

Dr. Enriquie Jose Urrutia Jr., DO
Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics
12020 Seminole Boulevard
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Enriquie Urrutia practices family medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). His areas of expertise include cysts, diabetes, and cryotherapy. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Urrutia honors. He studied medicine at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Urrutia is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Depression, Pain, Cysts, Wounds, Allergies, Hypertension, Lung Problems, Surgical ... (Read more)

Dr. Pedro J Morales, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2191 9th Avenue N; Suite 220
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Pedro Morales is a family medicine physician in Saint Pete, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. Patient reviews placed Dr. Morales at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: minor surgery, sleep apnea, and diabetes. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northside Hospital and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis

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Dr. Jorge Antonio Rodriquez Jr., MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4600 4th Street North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Jorge Rodriguez practices hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Rodriguez's clinical interests include arthroscopic surgery, heart problems, and knee ligament injury. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus. 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 is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine and a graduate of Atlanta Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Rodriguez (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, and Greek.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Auto Injuries, Elbow Problems, Scoliosis, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Lower Back Problems, Knee ... (Read more)

Dr. William Charles Cottrell, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
8839 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 240
Largo, FL
 

Dr. William Cottrell's medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Cottrell include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Bardmoor Surgery Center, and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Cottrell attended the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama for residency. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Auto Injuries, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert L Swiggett Jr., MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4600 4th Street North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Robert Swiggett is a physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He studied medicine at Dartmouth Medical School. Dr. Swiggett trained at Tufts Medical Center and New England Baptist Hospital for residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: knee replacement, knee ligament injury, and sports health. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Swiggett is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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Dr. Richard Thomas Herrick, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Foot & Ankle Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4820 Park Boulevard N
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Richard Herrick's areas of specialization are hand surgery, foot & ankle surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of clinical interest consist of foot problems, hand problems, and wrist 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. Dr. Herrick graduated from West Virginia University School of Medicine and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Ochsner Medical Center. Dr. Herrick (or staff) speaks Spanish and German. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Bardmoor Surgery Center.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas Michael Mixa, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5959 Central Avenue; Suite 101
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Thomas Mixa is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. He is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Mixa include knee problems, hallux valgus (big toe bunion), and sports health. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and St. Petersburg General Hospital. He attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and subsequently trained at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for residency. Dr. Mixa's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Hallux Valgus, Sports Health, Auto Injuries, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Anthony Stanek Albert, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
5880 49th Street North; Suite 104 Northside Professional Complex
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Anthony Albert specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Albert is especially interested in knee problems, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), and arthritis. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing his residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and Children's Hospital, Dr. Albert attended Medical College of Georgia for medical school. In addition to English, he speaks French. Dr. Albert is affiliated with Northside Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and Bardmoor Surgery Center.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Shoulder Problems, Knee Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems, Arthritis, MRI

Dr. Vladimir Allan Alexander, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
12416 66th Street
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Vladimir Alexander's areas of specialization are hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Alexander's areas of expertise include computer assisted surgery (CAS), knee problems, and sports health. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Alexander attended Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Mount Sinai Medical Center for residency. He speaks Russian.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Bone Density Test, Shoulder Problems, Knee Problems, Laser Treatment, Surgical ... (Read more)

Dr. Kurt C Hirshorn, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4600 4th Street N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Kurt Hirshorn is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. Dr. Hirshorn (or staff) is conversant in Lao and Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hirshorn include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and sports health. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and St. Petersburg General Hospital. He studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Dr. Hirshorn trained at Atlanta Medical Center for his residency. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. 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.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis, arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Joint Surgery, Revision Hip Arthroplasty, Fractures, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Daniel Penello, MBA, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
12416 66th Street; Suite A
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Daniel Penello specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Largo, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. Patient reviews placed Dr. Penello at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include computer assisted surgery (CAS), knee problems, and sports health. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After attending the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto. In addition to English, Dr. Penello speaks Italian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Wrist Problems, Bone Density Test, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Knee Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven Brian Warren, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
6500 66th Street North; Tampa Bay Orthopaedic Specialists
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Steven Warren practices adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery in Pinellas Park, FL, Largo, FL, and Saint Petersburg, FL. His average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Warren include knee problems, knee replacement, and sports health. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from Yale School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, and Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Warren is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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Dr. Venkata G Budharaju, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
8839 Bryan Dairy Road
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Venkata Budharaju is a specialist in adult endocrinology. He works in Saint Petersburg, FL and Largo, FL. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: menopause, well woman care, and migraine. Dr. Budharaju's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus. Dr. Budharaju 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 Osmania Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Pennsylvania Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Budharaju (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis, arthritis

All Interests: Depression, Immunization, Gynecologic Cancer, Hypertension, Ear Problems, Migraine, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. John Nicholas Harker, DO
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
12955 Seminole Boulevard
Largo, FL
 

Dr. John Harker is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Harker include knee problems, hip replacement, and knee replacement. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and Mease Countryside Hospital. He 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. Dr. Harker's education and training includes medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU). He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Auto Injuries, Elbow Problems, Joint Surgery, Elbow Surgery, Shoulder Problems, ... (Read more)

Joseph Henry Strickland
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
9371 Us Highway 19 N; Suite B
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Strickland works as a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon. Dr. Strickland's clinical interests include bunion surgery, foot problems, and trigger point injections. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Carillon Surgery Center, Tampa Community Hospital, and Physicians Surgery Center.

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Relevant Interests: , gout

All Interests: Plantar Fasciitis, Bunion Surgery, Fibromyalgia, Ingrown Nails, Bone Problems, Ankle Problems, ... (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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