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Dr. Tim Paul Carlson, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1615 Pasadena Avenue S; Suite 430
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Tim Carlson's specialty is family medicine. Dr. Carlson graduated from the University of Health Sciences Antigua. For his residency, Dr. Carlson trained at Bayfront Medical Center. These areas are among his clinical interests: thyroid problems, heart problems, and liver disease. Dr. Carlson is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Carlson honors. He is professionally affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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

Dr. Pedro Morales practices family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Morales include minor surgery, sleep apnea, and diabetes. He is affiliated with Northside Hospital and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Dr. Morales's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Morales takes 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

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Dr. Jorge Antonio Rodriquez Jr., MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
603 7th Street South; Suite 450
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Jorge Rodriguez's areas of specialization are hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery; he sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rodriguez include arthroscopic surgery, heart problems, and knee ligament injury. He 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. Dr. Rodriguez studied medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Rodriguez completed his residency training at Atlanta Medical Center. Dr. Rodriguez (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, and Greek. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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

Dr. Robert Swiggett specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Swiggett include knee replacement, knee ligament injury, and sports health. Dr. Swiggett 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. After attending Dartmouth Medical School, he completed his residency training at Tufts Medical Center and New England Baptist Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Swiggett speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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 is a hand surgery, foot & ankle surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Pinellas Park, FL. Dr. Herrick attended West Virginia University School of Medicine and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Ochsner Medical Center. His clinical interests include foot problems, hand problems, and wrist problems. 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. Herrick (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and German. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Bardmoor Surgery Center.

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

Dr. Thomas Mixa specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. He graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. His training includes residency programs at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. These areas are among Dr. Mixa's clinical interests: knee problems, hallux valgus (big toe bunion), and sports health. Dr. Mixa's average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mixa accepts. He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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

Dr. Anthony Albert is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL. After attending Medical College of Georgia for medical school, he completed his residency training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and Children's Hospital. In Dr. Albert's practice, he is particularly interested in knee problems, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), and arthritis. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in French. His professional affiliations include Northside Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and Bardmoor Surgery Center.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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Dr. Kurt C Hirshorn, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
603 7th Street South; Suite 450
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Kurt Hirshorn specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and sports health. Dr. Hirshorn is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and St. Petersburg General Hospital. Dr. Hirshorn takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Atlanta Medical Center. Dr. Hirshorn (or staff) speaks the following languages: Lao and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis, arthritis

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Dr. Steven Brian Warren, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
1615 Pasadena Avenue South
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Steven Warren is an orthopedic reconstructive surgeon. His areas of expertise include knee problems, knee replacement, and sports health. Dr. Warren's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and St. Petersburg General Hospital. After completing medical school at Yale School of Medicine, he performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, and Brigham and Women's Hospital. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts 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

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Dr. William Henry Minnix, MD
Specializes in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine
1615 Pasadena Avenue S; Suite 430
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. William Minnix works as a general internist in Saint Petersburg, FL and South Pasadena, FL. The average patient rating for Dr. Minnix is 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: thyroid problems, heart problems, and liver disease. He is affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Minnix honors. He studied medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Minnix's training includes a residency program at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center.

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Robin M Davis
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
6600 34th Avenue N
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Robin Katz specializes in podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. In her practice, she is particularly interested in pes planus (flatfoot), arthritis, and bunions. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and BayCare Health System. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Katz accepts. Her training includes a residency program at Mount Sinai Medical Center. She speaks Russian.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Pes Planus, Arthritis, Bunions

Dr. Venkata G Budharaju, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2763 1st Avenue N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Venkata Budharaju is an endocrinologist in Saint Petersburg, FL and Largo, FL. His clinical interests include menopause, annual gynecological exam (well woman exam), and migraine. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Budharaju is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is a graduate of Osmania Medical College. He completed his residency training at Pennsylvania Hospital. Dr. Budharaju (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis, arthritis

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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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