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

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

Dr. Francesca Okoye is a specialist in adult rheumatology. She works in State College, PA, Lewistown, PA, and Huntingdon, PA. Dr. Okoye's areas of expertise include raynaud's, osteoporosis, and psoriatic arthritis. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She accepts Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Okoye attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She trained at Stanford University Medical Center for residency. She is professionally 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's specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Pugliese is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pugliese include polymyositis, dermatomyositis, and giant cell arteritis (temporal arteritis). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver. Dr. Pugliese attended the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Geisinger Medical Center. He is affiliated with Geisinger.

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

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

Dr. Brian Oppermann practices rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases). Dr. Oppermann has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among his clinical interests: raynaud's, osteoporosis, and psoriatic arthritis. He is in-network for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending West Virginia University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Geisinger Medical Center. Dr. Oppermann is affiliated with Geisinger.

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

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

Dr. Susan Ward is a specialist in adult rheumatology. She works in State College, PA. Dr. Ward graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. She takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more.

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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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