We found 3 rheumatologists who accept BlueCare Essential Health S1451 near Land O Lakes, FL.

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Dr. Alicia M Baillargeon, DO
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2100 Via Bella Boulevard; Land O Lakes - Multi Specialty Campus
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. Alicia Fierro is an adult rheumatology specialist in Zephyrhills, FL and Land O Lakes, FL. Dr. Fierro is a graduate of A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has a special interest in osteoporosis, lupus, and pregnancy. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Lupus, Osteoporosis, Rheumatic Diseases, Pregnancy

Dr. Ernesto Rodriguez-Velazquez, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2100 Via Bella Boulevard; Land O Lakes - Multi Specialty Campus
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. Ernesto Rodriguez is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. He has a special interest in osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Florida Medical Clinic and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). Dr. Rodriguez is a graduate of Ponce School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Osteoporosis

Dr. David Sikes, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2100 Via Bella Boulevard; Land O Lakes - Multi Specialty Campus
Land O Lakes, FL
 

Dr. David Sikes is a rheumatologist. Dr. Sikes has a special interest in rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma. He is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. He graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. He is rated highly by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma

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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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