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Dr. Alicia M Baillargeon, DO
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
38051 Market Square
Zephyrhills, FL
 

Dr. Alicia Fierro practices adult rheumatology. Her areas of expertise include osteoporosis, lupus, and pregnancy. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Fierro is a graduate of A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

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

Dr. Ernesto Rodriguez-Velazquez, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
38051 Market Square
Zephyrhills, FL
 

Dr. Ernesto Rodriguez's specialty is adult rheumatology. His clinical interests encompass osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. Dr. Rodriguez's hospital/clinic affiliations include Florida Medical Clinic and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). He attended medical school at Ponce School of Medicine. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, gout

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Osteoporosis

Dr. David Sikes, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
38051 Market Square
Zephyrhills, FL
 

Dr. David Sikes is a rheumatologist in Zephyrhills, FL and Land O Lakes, FL. These areas are among his clinical interests: rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma. Patients gave Dr. Sikes an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Sikes is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma

Dr. Stephen John Raterman, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
38135 Market Square
Zephyrhills, FL
 

Dr. Stephen Raterman's medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Raterman's clinical interests include replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), hip arthroscopy, and sports health. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Raterman's professional affiliations include Florida Hospital Tampa, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, and Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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

Dr. Gerald Edward Alexander Trey III, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
38107 Market Square
Zephyrhills, FL
 

Dr. Gerald Alexander's areas of specialization are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. In his practice, he is particularly interested in knee arthroscopy and fractures (broken bones). 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. Dr. Alexander studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. He is affiliated with Florida Hospital Tampa, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, and Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Fractures, Knee Problems, Arthritis, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement, Outpatient Care, Knee ... (Read more)

Dr. Casey O Donnell, DO
Specializes in Physiatry, Interventional Pain Medicine
6606 Stadium Drive
Zephyrhills, FL
 

Dr. Casey O'Donnell specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and interventional pain medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. O'Donnell include nerve conduction studies (NCS) and electromyography (EMG). Dr. O'Donnell is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. He studied medicine at the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine. 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

All Interests: Nerve Conduction Studies, Electromyography, Osteoarthritis

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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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