We found 4 rheumatologists who accept Coventry Bronze HMO near State College, PA.

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Dr. Brian Patrick Oppermann, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
2520 Greentech Drive
State College, PA
 

Dr. Brian Oppermann is a rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases) specialist in Danville, PA, State College, PA, and Philipsburg, PA. Dr. Oppermann has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Oppermann include raynaud's, osteoporosis, and psoriatic arthritis. He is professionally affiliated with Geisinger. He takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver. Dr. Oppermann is a graduate of West Virginia University School of Medicine and a graduate of Geisinger Medical Center's residency program.

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Clinical interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ultrasound, Ankylosing Spondylitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Francesca Ijeoma Okoye, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2520 Green Tech Drive; Suite D
State College, PA
 

Dr. Francesca Okoye's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Okoye's clinical interests: raynaud's, osteoporosis, and psoriatic arthritis. She honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver. After completing medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Okoye performed her residency at Stanford University Medical Center. She is affiliated with Geisinger.

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Clinical interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ultrasound, Ankylosing Spondylitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. David Michael Pugliese, DO
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2520 Greentech Drive
State College, PA
 

Dr. David Pugliese practices adult rheumatology in Wilkes Barre, PA, State College, PA, and Danville, PA. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Pugliese's areas of expertise include polymyositis, dermatomyositis, and giant cell arteritis (temporal arteritis). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver. Dr. Pugliese is a graduate of the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Geisinger Medical Center's residency program. He is affiliated with Geisinger.

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Clinical interests: Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis, Tendonitis, Osteoporosis, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1850 E Park Avenue; Suite 201
State College, PA
 

Dr. Susan Ward is an adult rheumatologist in State College, PA. She is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ward honors.

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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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