We found 5 rheumatologists who accept Coventry Gold near Erie, PA.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3317 Liberty Street
Erie, PA
 

Dr. Edward Engel is an Erie, PA physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3317 Liberty Street
Erie, PA
 

Dr. Charles Herbst is an adult rheumatology specialist in Erie, PA. He has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3317 Liberty Street
Erie, PA
 

Dr. Theresa Fryer is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Her average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. She takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. Dr. Fryer is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3317 Liberty Street
Erie, PA
 

Dr. Kathe Bryson's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Her average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Bryson accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5401 Peach Street; Suite 3400
Erie, PA
 

Dr. Yvonne Hoogland sees patients in Erie, PA. Her medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Hoogland is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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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