We found 7 rheumatologists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO near The Woodlands, TX.

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Dr. Tamar F Brionez, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6707 Sterling Ridge Drive; Suite C
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Tamar Brionez is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. She is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Brionez is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She is accepting new patients. She studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
101 Vision Park Boulevard; Suite 100
Shenandoah, TX
 

Dr. Tonya Cockrill, who practices in Shenandoah, TX, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. She attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Cockrill is rated 2.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars.

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Dr. Celeste Marguerite Thomas, MD
Specializes in Other, Rheumatology
920 Medical Plaza Drive; Suite 260
Shenandoah, TX
 

Dr. Celeste Thomas is a rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases) specialist in Shenandoah, TX and The Woodlands, TX. She has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Thomas attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Thomas is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
920 Medical Plaza Drive; Suite 350
Shenandoah, TX
 

Dr. Prashanth Palwai's specialty is adult rheumatology. The average patient rating for Dr. Palwai is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Palwai is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Kurnool Medical College. Dr. Palwai is affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
9201 Pinecroft Drive
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Frank Parke is a specialist in adult rheumatology. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Parke takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
17191 St Lukes Way; Suite 220
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Gwendoline Menga's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. She attended medical school at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
9201 Pinecroft Drive; Suite 285
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Randall Johnson is a rheumatologist in The Woodlands, TX. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Johnson is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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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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