We found 3 rheumatologists who accept Coventry Bronze HMO near State College, PA.

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Dr. David M Pugliese, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Adult Rheumatology
2520 Green Tech Drive
State College, PA
 

Dr. David Pugliese works as an internist and rheumatologist. Coventry, Aetna, and Coventry Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pugliese honors. He obtained his medical school training at the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at Geisinger Medical Center. Dr. Pugliese is professionally affiliated with Geisinger Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2520 Green Tech Drive; Suite D
State College, PA
 

Dr. Francesca Okoye is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Okoye accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver. She graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1850 E Park Avenue; Suite 201
State College, PA
 

Dr. Susan Ward is a rheumatologist. She studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. She honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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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