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 area of specialization is adult rheumatology. He is a graduate of Evangelical University of El Salvador Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Vasquez's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5777 New Copeland Road
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Glen Graves' area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Areas of particular interest 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

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1327 Troup Highway
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Chih-Hao Chou is a specialist in adult rheumatology. He works in Tyler, TX. Dr. Chou is a graduate of National Taiwan University School of Medicine and Taipei Medical University. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Mandarin.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1327 Troup Highway
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Steven Cohen's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. He is a graduate of MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Cohen has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1212 Clinic Drive
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. William Brelsford is a Tyler, TX physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Brelsford is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice. He studied medicine at 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's specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Schneider takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. She graduated from 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 specialist in adult rheumatology. She is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nwaonu honors.

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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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