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We found 7 rheumatologists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver near Tyler, TX.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5777 New Copeland Road; Suite 100
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Luis Vasquez's specialty is adult rheumatology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Vasquez accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Evangelical University of El Salvador Faculty of Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Vascular Disease, Lupus, Vasculitis

Dr. Chih- Hao Gilbert Chou, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1327 Troup Highway
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Chih-Hao Chou is an adult rheumatology specialist. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice. He attended medical school at National Taiwan University School of Medicine and Taipei Medical University. In addition to English, Dr. Chou speaks Mandarin.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5777 New Copeland Road
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Glen Graves practices adult rheumatology in Tyler, TX. In his practice, he is particularly interested in rheumatic diseases. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more. Dr. Graves studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases

Dr. Steven Jay Cohen, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1327 Troup Highway
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Steven Cohen is an adult rheumatologist. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Cohen has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1212 Clinic Drive
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. William Brelsford is a specialist in adult rheumatology. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Brelsford is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1327 Troup Highway
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Heidi Schneider is a specialist in adult rheumatology. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Schneider accepts. Dr. Schneider is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1327 Troup Highway
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Jane Nwaonu, who practices in Tyler, TX, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. On average, patients gave her a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nwaonu takes.

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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.