We found 3 rheumatologists who accept BlueCare Essential Health S1451 near Land O Lakes, FL.

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Dr. Alicia M Baillargeon, DO
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Land O Lakes - Multi Specialty Campus; 2100 Via Bella Boulevard
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. Alicia Fierro works as an adult rheumatologist. Dr. Fierro attended medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her areas of clinical interest consist of osteoporosis, lupus, and pregnancy. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Lupus, Osteoporosis, Rheumatic Diseases, Pregnancy

Dr. Ernesto Rodriguez-Velazquez, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Land O Lakes - Multi Specialty Campus; 2100 Via Bella Boulevard
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. Ernesto Rodriguez-Velazquez is an adult rheumatology specialist. He attended medical school at Ponce School of Medicine. He has indicated that his clinical interests include osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. Dr. Rodriguez-Velazquez honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Rodriguez-Velazquez is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH).

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Clinical interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Osteoporosis

Dr. David Sikes, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Land O Lakes - Multi Specialty Campus; 2100 Via Bella Boulevard
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. David Sikes is an adult rheumatology specialist in Zephyrhills, FL and Land O Lakes, FL. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma. Dr. Sikes is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Sikes studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma

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What is Rheumatology?

Rheumatology is the medical specialty that is concerned with arthritis and other diseases of inflammation. Inflammation can occur anywhere in the body, but it is most common in the joints and connective tissues. Arthritis, which occurs in the joints, is also a very common condition, so rheumatology is strongly associated with joint care. But rheumatology is about more that just arthritis. Other conditions that a rheumatologist might treat include:
  • Lupus, a chronic inflammatory disease
  • Ankylosing spondylitis, inflammation at the base of the spine
  • Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that stops production of tears and saliva
  • Fibromyalgia, a disorder causing widespread, chronic pain and fatigue

Pediatric rheumatologists are doctors that specialize in treating inflammatory diseases in children. Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and other inflammatory diseases can begin even in childhood, and can cause a unique set of problems for active and growing children.

Rheumatologists use patient symptoms as well as lab tests and imaging tests such as MRIs to diagnose disease. Treatment varies widely depending on the diagnosis, but it may include physiotherapy (to improve motion, ability, and function) or medications. Commonly prescribed medications include anti-inflammatories such as NSAIDS (e.g. Tylenol, Ibuprofen) and steroids, or immune system suppressants such as methotrexate and TNF inhibitor medications (e.g. Enbrel, Humira). The goal is always to increase the patient’s ability to move without pain and to reduce the need for future treatment.
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