We found 2 rheumatologists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans near Dallas, TX.

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Dr. Thomas David Geppert, MD
Specializes in Other, Rheumatology
5939 Harry Hines Boulevard; Suite 400
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Geppert's area of specialization is rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases). His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Geppert is professionally affiliated with Texas Health Dallas. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Geppert welcomes new patients. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Dr. Jack Bernstein Vine, MD
Specializes in Other, Rheumatology
5939 Harry Hines Boulevard; Suite 400
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Jack Vine works as a rheumatologist in Dallas, TX. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Health Dallas. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Vine is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He has an open panel.

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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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