We found 10 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept Blue Advantage HMO near Bolingbrook, IL.

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Dr. Jonathan David Meek, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
412 63rd Street; Suite 103
Downers Grove, IL
 

Dr. Jonathan Meek practices family medicine. Dr. Meek's clinical interests include diabetes, well woman gynecology, and cancer screening. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Dr. Meek attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Dr. Carolyn F Rae, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
412 63rd Street; Suite 100
Downers Grove, IL
 

Dr. Carolyn Rae is a Downers Grove, IL physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Her clinical interests include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. She is affiliated with Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Medical Center La Grange. Dr. Rae is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rae attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine.

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Dr. Mark Ettore Giacomi Jr., DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
23836 W 135th Street; Suite 103
Plainfield, IL
 

Dr. Mark Giacomi's area of specialization is family medicine. These areas are among Dr. Giacomi's clinical interests: well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and contraception (birth control). He is affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Health Network (AHN). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Giacomi honors. He graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Dr. Christine H Shih, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
329 Remington Boulevard; Suite 100
Bolingbrook, IL
 

Dr. Christine Shih's area of specialization is family medicine. Her clinical interests include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and contraception (birth control). Dr. Shih's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shih accepts. She graduated from Rush Medical College. She is conversant in Cantonese. Dr. Shih is affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale.

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Dr. Tina M Brueschke, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
412 63rd Street; Suite 103
Downers Grove, IL
 

Dr. Tina Brueschke's area of specialization is family medicine. She is a graduate of Rush Medical College. Areas of expertise for Dr. Brueschke include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and contraception (birth control). Dr. Brueschke is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Brueschke is professionally affiliated with Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Medical Center La Grange.

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Dr. Fayez Mekhael Nagib Mekhael, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
516 E. Boughton Road
Bolingbrook, IL
 

Dr. Fayez Mekhael is a family medicine physician. He attended Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency. Dr. Mekhael's areas of expertise include anaphylaxis, acne, and carotid artery disease. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry. He is conversant in Arabic. Dr. Mekhael is professionally affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, gout

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Dr. Gerald Simon, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
412 63rd Street; Suite 100
Downers Grove, IL
 

Dr. Gerald Simon's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care); he sees patients in Downers Grove, IL and Countryside, IL. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Simon include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. His professional affiliations include Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Medical Center La Grange. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Simon graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine.

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Dr. Mario Prete, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
412 63rd Street; #100
Downers Grove, IL
 

Dr. Mario Prete practices general internal medicine. He graduated from the University of Bologna Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Prete's clinical interests include diabetes, well woman gynecology, and cancer screening. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Prete is conversant in Italian. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Medical Center La Grange.

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Dr. Madhuri R Yemul, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
329 Remington Boulevard; Suite 100
Bolingbrook, IL
 

Dr. Madhuri Yemul is a physician who specializes in family medicine. These areas are among Dr. Yemul's clinical interests: thyroid problems, acne, and adolescent issues. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from Grant Medical College. In addition to English, Dr. Yemul (or staff) speaks Telugu and Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook and Adventist Health Partners (AHP).

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Relevant Interests: , gout

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Dr. John Hoon Lee, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
396 Remington Boulevard; Suite 130
Bolingbrook, IL
 

Dr. John Lee is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Bolingbrook, IL, Hinsdale, IL, and Joliet, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Lee include hip replacement, arthroscopic surgery, and knee replacement. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Preferred Network Access (PNA), and more. He studied medicine at Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine. He speaks Korean. His professional affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale.

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Relevant Interests: , 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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