We found 4 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept AvMed HMO near Zephyrhills, FL.

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Alicia M Fierro DO
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
38135 Market Square
Zephyrhills, FL

Dr. Alicia Fierro's specialty is adult rheumatology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Fierro include osteoporosis, lupus, and pregnancy. She is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. Dr. Fierro studied medicine at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Fierro 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.

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Relevant Interests: , Rheumatoid Arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Lupus, Osteoporosis, Rheumatic Diseases, Pregnancy

Ernesto Rodriguez MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
38135 Market Square
Zephyrhills, FL

Dr. Ernesto Rodriguez is an adult rheumatology specialist in Land O Lakes, FL and Zephyrhills, FL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Rodriguez include osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended medical school at Ponce School of Medicine. Dr. Rodriguez is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH).

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Relevant Interests: , Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Osteoporosis

David Sikes MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Average rating 4.16 stars out of 5 (9 ratings)
38135 Market Square
Zephyrhills, FL

Dr. David Sikes' area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Sikes studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Sikes honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , Rheumatoid Arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma

David Rivera MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
38135 Market Square
Zephyrhills, FL

Dr. David Rivera's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Rivera include psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and scleroderma. Dr. Rivera accepts AvMed, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He graduated from Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma

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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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