We found 43 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver HMO near Houston, TX.

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Dr. Sandeep Krishna Agarwal, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6410 Fannin Street; Suite 600
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sandeep Agarwal, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. He is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Agarwal's education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Research, Scleroderma, Autoimmune Disorders, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, ... (Read more)

Dr. John Alton Posey Jr., PhD, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. John Posey's medical specialty is general internal medicine. These areas are among Dr. Posey's clinical interests: diabetes, pap test, and hypotension (low blood pressure). He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Workers' Compensation are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Posey accepts. His practice is open to new patients. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Posey has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Hypertension, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Diabetes, Arthritis, High Cholesterol, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ronnie Sheena is an internist. He attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, geriatric health, and thyroid problems. Dr. Sheena has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Sheena is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Sheena's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Heart Problems, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Arthritis, Thyroid Problems, Preventive Care, Geriatric ... (Read more)

Dr. Agha Sahir Saleem, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1919 North Loop West Suite; 410
Houston, TX
 

Dr. A. Saleem's specialty is general internal medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: thyroid problems, depression, and adolescent issues. Dr. Saleem accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston, TX). He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Depression, Adolescent Issues, Amenorrhea, Sleep Disorders, Incontinence, Rheumatoid Arthritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Stanley Jay Zimmerman, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Stanley Zimmerman's area of specialization is general internal medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: thyroid problems, pituitary disorders, and anemia. Dr. Zimmerman is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Zimmerman's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Neck Pain, Hypertension, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Arthritis, Back Pain, Heart Failure, Thyroid ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph S Spindler, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Joseph Spindler's specialty is adult rheumatology. The average patient rating for Dr. Spindler is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Spindler's areas of expertise include the following: paget's disease, lupus, and polymyositis. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Spindler's office for an appointment. He graduated from Autonomous University of Madrid Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Spindler has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis

All Interests: Musculoskeletal Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Lower Back Pain, Neck ... (Read more)

Dr. Hema C Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
18400 Katy Freeway, Suite 600; Medical Office Building 1
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Hema Patel's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Her clinical interests include warts, thyroid problems, and moles. Dr. Patel accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Patel is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis

All Interests: Warts, Amenorrhea, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cervical Dysplasia, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Scoliosis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Barbara Bush practices general internal medicine. Dr. Bush is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), menopause, and thyroid problems. The average patient rating for Dr. Bush is 3.0 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bush is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Amenorrhea, Gynecologic Procedures, Bursitis, Hypertension, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Non-Invasive ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1631 North Loop W; Suite 555
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Javier Berrios is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Berrios attended medical school at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. His clinical interests include rheumatoid arthritis. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Rheumatic Diseases

Dr. Melvyn Augustus Harrington Jr. Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
2002 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Melvyn Harrington practices adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery. His clinical interests include hip replacement, knee problems, and knee replacement. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Harrington takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Harrington is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks German. His professional affiliations include Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) Medical Center and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. Dr. Harrington is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Revision Hip Arthroplasty, Knee Problems, Arthritis, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement, Joint ... (Read more)

Dr. Rosa A Tang, MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
4901 Calhoun Road; Uei-4901 Calhoun Building 505
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Rosa Tang's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Tang include thyroid problems, strabismus, and electrophysiological (EP) study. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Tang honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Georgetown University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami, Dr. Tang attended medical school at Cayetano Heredia University. She has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Tang's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston, TX). Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Eye Trauma, Eye Exam, Pituitary Surgery, Myasthenia ... (Read more)

Dr. James B Stafford IV, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
2002 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. James Stafford is a plastic surgeon and hand surgeon in Houston, TX and Pasadena, TX. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include microsurgery, arthritis surgery, and hand problems. Dr. Stafford honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Stafford is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Elbow Arthroscopy, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Arthritis, Hand Problems, Arthritis Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jason Samuel Ahuero, MD
Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2002 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Jason Ahuero is a specialist in foot & ankle surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Houston, TX. His clinical interests include ankle arthritis, total ankle replacement, and foot arthritis. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ahuero studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. Dr. Ahuero has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility, and Baylor College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , ankle arthritis, foot arthritis

All Interests: Ankle Arthritis, Ankle Problems, Foot Arthritis, Sports Injuries, Foot Problems, Total Ankle ... (Read more)

Dr. Catherine Cahill Palisch, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
One Baylor Plaza
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Catherine Palisch specializes in adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery and practices in Houston, TX. She attended medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Palisch's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. She has a special interest in arthritis and partial knee replacement. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Palisch has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Hip Problems, Partial Knee Replacement, Arthritis, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement, Minimally ... (Read more)

Dr. David Patrick Loncarich, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
7401 S. Main
Houston, TX
 

Dr. David Loncarich is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. These areas are among Dr. Loncarich's clinical interests: foot problems and ankle problems. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Dr. Loncarich has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, Ankle Problems, Arthritis, Foot Problems, Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Charles George Kevorkian, MD
Specializes in Physiatry
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Charles Kevorkian's specialty is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). His areas of expertise include the following: spasticity, stroke, and guillain-barre syndrome. Dr. Kevorkian is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital and Houston Methodist. He attended medical school at the University of New South Wales and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Prince of Wales Hospital and Mayo Clinic. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Kevorkian has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Musculoskeletal Pain, Neck Pain, Bursitis, Lower Back Pain, ... (Read more)

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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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