We found 5 rheumatologists who accept Bronze Choice HSA 6300 - 2 near Lubbock, TX.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5220 80th Street
Lubbock, TX
 

Dr. J. Calmes is an adult rheumatology specialist in Lubbock, TX. He studied medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Calmes is 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5220 80th Street
Lubbock, TX
 

Dr. Naga Bushan is a rheumatologist in Lubbock, TX. He studied medicine at Gandhi Medical College Hyderabad and Osmania University. Dr. Bushan has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bushan has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
4515 Marsha Sharp Freeway
Lubbock, TX
 

Dr. Jitendra Vasandani's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Vasandani studied medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. The average patient rating for Dr. Vasandani is 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5220 80th Street
Lubbock, TX
 

Dr. Jose Del Giudice practices adult rheumatology. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Del Giudice graduated from Autonomous University of Santo Domingo Faculty of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Specializes in Immunology, Adult Rheumatology
3601 4th Street; # Ms 9410
Lubbock, TX
 

Dr. John Pixley is a physician who specializes in immunology and adult rheumatology. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Pixley graduated from New York Medical College and then he performed his residency at Westchester Medical Center.

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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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