We found 7 rheumatologists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver near Tyler, TX.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1327 Troup Highway
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Chih- Hao Chou is a rheumatologist. Dr. Chou is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Taipei Medical University. He is conversant in Mandarin.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5777 New Copeland Road; Suite 100
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Luis Vasquez is a rheumatologist. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vasquez takes. He is affiliated with East Texas Medical Center (ETMC) Regional Healthcare System.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Vascular Disease, Lupus, Vasculitis

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5777 New Copeland Road
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Glen Graves works as a rheumatologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Graves include rheumatic diseases. He is professionally affiliated with East Texas Medical Center (ETMC) Regional Healthcare System. He honors United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Graves is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1327 Troup Highway
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Jane Nwaonu specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Tyler, TX. Patients rated Dr. Nwaonu highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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Specializes in Family Medicine, Adult Rheumatology
1327 Troup Highway
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Steven Cohen specializes in family medicine and adult rheumatology. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Cohen has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1212 Clinic Drive
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. William Brelsford's specialty is adult rheumatology. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Brelsford accepts United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He is affiliated with East Texas Medical Center (ETMC) Regional Healthcare System.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1327 Troup Highway
Tyler, TX
 

Dr. Heidi Schneider is an adult rheumatology specialist. She studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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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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