We found 3 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare Everyday Health near Zephyrhills, FL.
Dr. Alicia Fierro's specialty is adult rheumatology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Fierro include osteoporosis, lupus, and pregnancy. She is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. Dr. Fierro studied medicine at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Fierro is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.
Relevant Interests: , Rheumatoid Arthritis
All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Lupus, Osteoporosis, Rheumatic Diseases, Pregnancy
Dr. Ernesto Rodriguez is an adult rheumatology specialist in Land O Lakes, FL and Zephyrhills, FL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Rodriguez include osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended medical school at Ponce School of Medicine. Dr. Rodriguez is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH).
Relevant Interests: , Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout
All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Osteoporosis
Dr. David Sikes' area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Sikes studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Sikes honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.
Relevant Interests: , Rheumatoid Arthritis
All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma
family medicine practitioners who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare Everyday Health (71)?
Currently in medical care in the United States, there are four main primary care specialties: family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, and geriatrics. Internal medicine is primary care for adults, pediatrics is primary care for children and infants, and geriatrics is primary care for seniors. Family medicine, the broadest specialty, is primary care for all ages.
A family medicine physician is a medical ‘home base’ for patients. They treat all ages, all sexes, all organs, and all diseases. They can see every member of the family, from birth through old age. This allows family medicine doctors to develop long-term relationships with their patients and to understand how their patients’ role in the family affects their health. They can provide check-ups, immunizations, screening services, gynecological exams and obstetric care, routine health care, and health counseling. When more specialized care is needed, a family medicine doctor can refer their patients to appropriate specialists. They can become educators and advocates for their patients in the sometimes overwhelming health care system.
As health care changes in this country, family medicine is a growing specialty for families and individuals who are seeking more personalized health care and a more personal relationship with their physician.
A specialist in general internal medicine is often referred to as an “internist.” While internal medicine physicians also provide comprehensive care, they should not be confused with general practitioners or family medicine practitioners, both of which may provide pregnancy care, deliver babies, and treat children. An internal medicine doctor specializes only in the health care of adults.
With internal medicine, there is never an illness too big or too small. These physicians have exceptionally broad-based training, and they can care for patients in any condition -- from healthy to dealing with serious medical issues. Because their scope is so wide, internal medicine physicians can provide an excellent picture of overall health.
One of the unusual aspects of internal medicine is that physicians in this field often treat their patients for a very long time -- sometimes for life. They manage preventive care when their patients are well, and they become advocates and consultants when complex medical issues arise. Because internal medicine physicians tend to treat patients over a long period of time, they are an ideal choice to manage chronic illnesses.
There are a huge number of subspecialties within internal medicine, for example: cardiology (which deals with problems of the heart and blood vessels), nephrology (which deals with diseases of the kidneys), and hospice medicine (which tends to the special needs of patients at the end of life). General internal medicine is considered a subspecialty itself and refers to internists without another specific focus. General internists provide total, primary care for the whole body of adult patients, in sickness or in health.
- 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
- Avoiding arthritis triggers
- Hot or cold therapy, such as ice or hot packs
- Oral or injected medications, such as corticosteroids, NSAIDs, and biologics
- Physical therapy and gentle exercises
- Surgery to repair or replace damaged joints