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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, who practices in Tyler, TX, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Vasquez attended medical school at Evangelical University of El Salvador Faculty of Medicine.

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

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1327 Troup Highway
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Chih-Hao Chou practices adult rheumatology in Tyler, TX. He graduated from National Taiwan University School of Medicine and Taipei Medical University. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Chou speaks Mandarin.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5777 New Copeland Road
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Glen Graves' specialty is adult rheumatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Graves include rheumatic diseases. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Graves is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases

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Specializes in Family Medicine, Adult Rheumatology
1327 Troup Highway
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Steven Cohen specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Tyler, TX. Dr. Cohen takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. He 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 an adult rheumatology specialist. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Brelsford is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1327 Troup Highway
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Heidi Schneider's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. She attended medical school at 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 is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Patient ratings for Dr. Nwaonu average 5.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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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.