Arthritis Doctor Near Me
On the lookout for a new primary care doctor in your neighborhood who will help diagnose and manage your arthritis? With locations across the United States, Oak Street Health can provide the arthritis care you need in your area. Our doctors are ready to listen to your health concerns and questions and offer a comprehensive medical plan designed specifically for you.
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Quality primary care
Our approach isn’t one-size-fits-all. We spend more time with our patients than other primary care physicians would to ensure you get the care you need.
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Our patient relations managers help guide you through the insurance process and ensure you get the most out of your insurance benefits.
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Call us with questions for your doctor, to arrange prescription refills or to book your next appointment.
- What hospitals do you work with?
We work with any area hospitals that accept your insurance.
- What if I’m not sure I want to change doctors right now?
You're welcome to visit before you decide if Oak Street Health is right for you. Call (888) 812-1183 to learn more.
- Who can become an Oak Street Health patient?
Our doctors specialize caring for anyone with Medicare, including Original Medicare Part B, select Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Supplement or Medigap plans and Medicare-Medicaid Plans.
- What insurance does Oak Street Health accept?
We accept all forms of Medicare, including Original Medicare Part B, select Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Supplement or Medigap plans and Medicare-Medicaid Plans. Call us at (888) 812-1183 to see if we accept your specific insurance.
What role does my PCP have in diagnosing and treating arthritis?
Arthritis, which is experienced as swelling and tenderness of the joints, is generally diagnosed by your primary care physician (PCP) at your annual exam or during a visit prompted by joint pain or stiffness. Your PCP will likely be the first doctor you see for your arthritis discomfort before seeing specialists such as rheumatologists, orthopedic surgeons, or neurologists. A PCP will provide a diagnosis, explain the treatment of acute and chronic illnesses, discuss prevention measures and management plans, and provide counseling and patient education. They may also prescribe medication and order X‑rays. If you’re experiencing any stiffness or pain in your joints, find a PCP near you to help you take the first steps in joint pain relief.
Why is it important to have a primary care physician to help you manage arthritis
If you’re experiencing joint symptoms that cause pain or discomfort, an appointment with a primary care provider is a good place to start to find relief. A PCP will help you manage symptoms with standard treatments. They might recommend or prescribe anti-inflammatory pain medications, refer you to a physical therapist, or order X‑rays. In some cases, that may be all that’s needed for the management and treatment of your arthritis. Symptoms of arthritis might include:
Joint stiffness or tenderness
Swelling or pain in one or more joints
Difficulty performing everyday activities or moving your joints
Joints that are warm to the touch or visibly red
Any other joint symptoms that raise concerns
Make an appointment with your PCP if you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, especially if you have pain that lasts three days or more or if you’re having several episodes of pain within a month.
How to find a primary care doctor at Oak Street Health
We can help you find the right PCP to help with arthritis care before urgent medical care is needed. Certain types of arthritis can cause permanent joint damage unless treated, so visiting your PCP early on will help save you time, money, and stress in the long run. Be sure to book your appointment as soon as possible if you’re experiencing any arthritis symptoms or if you have any major risk factors for developing arthritis. Browse our extensive network to find an arthritis doctor near you.
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- Within the healthcare system, primary care physicians are known to be the healthcare providers that manage and coordinate primary care for their designated group of patients.
- For patients, choosing a new primary care physician presents a number of options to choose from, leading to a variety of steps a patient can take to discover which physician and primary care practice is best for them.