We found 4 rheumatologists who accept Blue Choice Gold PPO 001 near Amarillo, TX.

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Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology, Adult Rheumatology
6842 Plum Creek Drive
Amarillo, TX
 

Dr. Constantine Saadeh is a physician who specializes in adult allergy & immunology and adult rheumatology. The average patient rating for Dr. Saadeh is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Saadeh has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is conversant in Arabic.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6010 Amarillo Boulevard, West
Amarillo, TX
 

Dr. Carlos Plata works as a rheumatologist in Amarillo, TX. He studied medicine at Our Lady of the Rosary University, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Patients gave Dr. Plata an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Amarillo VA Health Care System.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6700 W 9th Avenue
Amarillo, TX
 

Dr. Janet Schwartzenberg is a specialist in adult rheumatology. She works in Amarillo, TX. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Schwartzenberg takes. She studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6700 W 9th Avenue
Amarillo, TX
 

Dr. Ming Chen's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Chen takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as 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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