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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. Naga Bushan specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Lubbock, TX. Patient ratings for Dr. Bushan average 2.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Bushan studied medicine at Gandhi Medical College Hyderabad and Osmania University. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5220 80th Street
Lubbock, TX
 

Dr. J. Calmes practices adult rheumatology. Dr. Calmes studied medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Calmes 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 specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Lubbock, TX. Patient reviews placed Dr. Vasandani at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more. He is a graduate of SUNY Upstate Medical University.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5220 80th Street
Lubbock, TX
 

Dr. Jose Del Giudice is an adult rheumatology specialist. Dr. Del Giudice is a graduate of Autonomous University of Santo Domingo Faculty of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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

Dr. John Pixley practices immunology and adult rheumatology. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Pixley obtained his medical school training at New York Medical College and 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.