We found 4 rheumatologists who accept CIGNA Open Access near Houston, TX.

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Dr. Richard Alan Rubin, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Richard Rubin works as an adult rheumatologist. Dr. Rubin is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Rubin include raynaud's, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. Patient ratings for Dr. Rubin average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Rubin is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Arthritis, Lupus, Raynaud's

Dr. Ramona Moraru, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ramona Mihu is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Her average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. She has a special interest in lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis. Dr. Mihu is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Mihu is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Arthritis, Lupus, Vasculitis

Dr. Mujahed M Alikhan, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
1701 Sunset Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mujahed Alikhan's medical specialty is rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases). These areas are among his clinical interests: osteoporosis, musculoskeletal pain, and bursitis. Dr. Alikhan honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. His education and training includes medical school at Ross University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Alikhan welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Osteoporosis, Musculoskeletal Pain, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Arthritis, Lupus, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jovan M Popovich, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6560 Fannin Street; Scurlock Tower, Suite 400
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Jovan Popovich practices adult rheumatology. Dr. Popovich's clinical interests encompass rheumatoid arthritis. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis

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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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