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We found 4 rheumatologists who accept BlueCare Essential Health S1451 near Land O Lakes, FL.

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

Dr. Natalie Faith practices adult rheumatology. Dr. Faith is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine. In her practice, Dr. Faith focuses on osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. 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 affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoporosis

Dr. Ernesto Jose 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's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. He studied medicine at Ponce School of Medicine. His clinical interests encompass osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. Dr. Rodriguez-Velazquez is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Florida Medical Clinic and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH).

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Clinical interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Osteoporosis

Dr. David Hilton 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. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Sikes has indicated that his clinical interests include rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma. He is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sikes honors. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma

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

Dr. Alicia Fierro practices adult rheumatology in Zephyrhills, FL and Land O Lakes, FL. Her clinical interests include osteoporosis, lupus, and pregnancy. Dr. Fierro is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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

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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.