We found 6 rheumatologists who accept Blue Choice Gold PPO 001 near Amarillo, TX.

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Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology, Adult Rheumatology
6842 Plum Creek Drive
Amarillo, TX
 

Dr. Constantine Saadeh's specialties are adult allergy & immunology and adult rheumatology. He practices in Amarillo, TX. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Saadeh is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He is a graduate of American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Saadeh has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Saadeh (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6010 Amarillo Boulevard, West
Amarillo, TX
 

Dr. Carlos Plata's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Plata is professionally affiliated with Amarillo VA Health Care System. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He graduated from Our Lady of the Rosary University, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6700 West 9th Street
Amarillo, TX
 

Dr. Janet Schwartzenberg is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Schwartzenberg accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Schwartzenberg has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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Specializes in Other, Rheumatology, Geriatrics
6701 Woodward Street
Amarillo, TX
 

Dr. Margaret Thurmond-Anderle is a physician who specializes in rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases) and geriatrics (elderly care). Patient reviews placed Dr. Thurmond-Anderle at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6700 W 9th Avenue
Amarillo, TX
 

Dr. Ming Chen is an adult rheumatology specialist. He studied medicine at National Taiwan University School of Medicine. Dr. Chen accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1215 S Coulter Street; Suite 302
Amarillo, TX
 

Dr. Christopher Wright practices adult rheumatology. Dr. Wright studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wright takes.

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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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