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Dr. Thomas David Geppert, MD
Specializes in Other, Rheumatology
5939 Harry Hines Boulevard; Suite 400
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Geppert practices rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases). On average, patients gave Dr. Geppert a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Geppert's professional affiliations include Texas Health Dallas and Rheumatology Associates. He is open to new patients.

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Dr. Jack Bernstein Vine, MD
Specializes in Other, Rheumatology
5939 Harry Hines Boulevard; Suite 400
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Jack Vine works as a rheumatologist in Dallas, TX. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Health Dallas and Rheumatology Associates. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Vine is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Vine welcomes new patients.

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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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