We found 3 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept Humana Simplicity HMO Open Access Gold 02/100 near Sarasota, FL.

William Francis Bennett MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Average rating 3.86 stars out of 5 (17 ratings)
1250 S. Tamiami Tr; Suite 303
Sarasota, FL

Dr. William Bennett's area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has indicated that his clinical interests include arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and sports health. His professional affiliations include Sarasota Memorial Main Campus, Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, and Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. Dr. Bennett graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Bennett is rated highly by his patients. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Arthroscopic Surgery, Arthritis, Replacement Arthroplasty

Dr Walter K Furman MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Average rating 4.2 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
2750 Bahia Vista Street; Suite 100
Sarasota, FL

Dr. W. Furman is an orthopedic surgeon in Sarasota, FL. Patient ratings for Dr. Furman average 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and pain. He is professionally affiliated with Sarasota Memorial Main Campus, Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, and Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He studied medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , Arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, Arthritis, Pain, Replacement Arthroplasty, Trauma

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
Average rating 3.7 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
6050 Cattleridge Boulevard; Suite 201
Sarasota, FL

Dr. Gary Shapiro is a physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shapiro include arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and pain. Dr. Shapiro is professionally affiliated with Sarasota Memorial Main Campus and Doctors Hospital. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , Arthritis

All Interests: Pain, Sports Health, Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, Arthritis, Replacement Arthroplasty, Trauma

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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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