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 areas of specialization are adult allergy & immunology and adult rheumatology. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Saadeh honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He attended medical school at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Saadeh has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, 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 is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. He is professionally affiliated with Amarillo VA Health Care System. He studied medicine at Our Lady of the Rosary University, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Plata's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Plata takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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

Dr. Ming Chen specializes in adult rheumatology. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Chen attended medical school at National Taiwan University School of Medicine.

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

Dr. Janet Schwartzenberg practices adult rheumatology. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Schwartzenberg has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. She has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Margaret Thurmond-Anderle's areas of specialization are rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases) and geriatrics (elderly care). She is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Patients gave Dr. Thurmond-Anderle an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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

Dr. Christopher Wright is an adult rheumatology specialist in Amarillo, TX. Dr. Wright honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine.

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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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