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By BIGGERS FAMILY MEDICINE
November 15, 2018

With the increase in serious chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure, more and more people are osteopathic medicineconsidering the benefits of preventive medicine for protecting their health. Here in Brandon, FL, our family doctors Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elisabeth Biggers believe nothing is more important than providing you with the care you need to prevent health conditions from developing in the first place. One way in which we can do that is through osteopathic medicine.

What is osteopathic medicine?

Instead of just focusing on certain symptoms and how to alleviate them, our Brandon, FL, primary care physicians provide a “whole body” approach to caring for your health. After all, everything in the body is interconnected and when one thing is dysfunctional chances are good that other systems and areas of the body will also be dysfunctional. Osteopathic medicine provides manipulative therapy and techniques to improve how the musculoskeletal system functions, which in turn improves other systems within the body as well.

Why should I turn to an osteopathic doctor (DO)?

First and foremost, our goal is to prevent health problems whenever possible. While we offer a full range of manipulative treatments to improve the body, this isn’t the only thing we can do. We will also go through your medical history and discuss lifestyle changes you can make to improve your health for the long term and to reduce your risk for developing certain health problems.

Even though we focus on preventing health problems, we also have the tools to provide care to those dealing with certain conditions. Through manipulation and other therapeutic techniques, we can promote faster and more efficient healing within the body.

We believe it’s important to look past just the symptoms you are experiencing and to truly determine the best approach for improving your overall health. Of course, an osteopathic doctor can also prescribe medication and provide other treatment options when necessary.

Who can benefit from osteopathic medicine?

While most people can benefit from the therapeutic care osteopathic medicine has to offer, people specifically dealing with back pain, migraines, tennis elbow, digestive problems, pain related to poor posture, arthritis and similar conditions can benefit from osteopathic medicine.

If you are interested in learning more about osteopathic medicine and how it could help you, then it’s time to call Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL. Let us know what issues you are hoping to address through osteopathic medicine and let’s get you feeling better!

By BIGGERS FAMILY MEDICINE
October 30, 2018
Category: Family Medicine

Many people wait until they are experiencing symptoms or suffer an accident to go to the doctor, but regular checkups and preventive care with a primary care physician are an important part of a comprehensive healthcare routine. In addition to helping you to manage common chronic conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, a primary care physician is familiar with your medical history and can help you successfully navigate your options when you need treatment for an illness or health emergency. Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers offer primary and preventive care in Brandon, FL.

Preventive and Primary Medical Care in Brandon, FL

Many chronic health conditions are progressive and become much worse over time when left untreated or unmanaged. Regular check-ups with a primary care physician can help you take control of and be proactive about your health. A primary care physician offers preventive care and can recommend lifestyle adjustments to improve and maintain your health, and diagnose conditions in the early stages, before they have a chance to progress and jeopardize your health and quality of life.

Services Provided by a Primary Care Physician

Primary care physicians are general doctors that diagnose acute and chronic injuries and illnesses, as well as preventive care. Some of the many services offered by a primary care physician include:

  • Non-life threatening allergic reactions (seek immediate emergency treatment for signs of shock, chest pains or difficulty)
  • Sprains and fractures
  • Cold and flu
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Physicals and annual check-ups
  • Preventive care/monitor blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Treat infections
  • Cuts and scrapes
  • Skin biopsies
  • Family medicine
  • Wellcare

Find a Primary Care Physician in Brandon, FL

To learn more about primary and preventive care, contact Biggers Family Medicine by calling (813) 655-4646 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Joel or Dr. Elizabeth Biggers today.

By BIGGERS FAMILY MEDICINE
October 30, 2018
Category: Family Medicine
Tags: mental health  

Your primary care physician (PCP) at Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, takes a holistic approach to your health care. Dr. Joel mental healthBiggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers treat their patients as complete individuals--that is, that their overall health and mental health impact each other. As such, your mental health is also a top priority. Learn about how the team at Biggers Family Medicine can help you function well physically, emotionally and mentally.

Your doctor and your mental health

Your emotions and mental functioning vary with life circumstances, heredity and yes, brain chemicals. For instance, depression--persistent feelings of sadness and inability to cope with life--often blends a lack of serotonin in the brain with difficult family, job or other life realities.

Mood disorders, dementia, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and other issues concern your primary care physician, and he or she screens each patient for mental, behavioral and emotional wellness. This interaction often is the first step in getting hurting people the help they need.

In addition, your doctor can provide medication and referrals for therapy, psychiatry and support groups and keep a record of your treatment and its progress.

A common problem

The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that almost 19 percent of Americans have a mental illness. That's over 40 million people. Unfortunately, proper treatment for stress, anxiety, schizophrenia, eating disorders and more can be difficult to find.

NAMI stresses the importance of both medication and talk therapy to help patients toward optimal functioning. Your primary care physician at Biggers Family Medicine can help you find the medicine and other supports you need. In other words, your doctor assists patients who have mental health needs navigate what can be a confusing system of psychiatrists, medications, and more.

Unfortunately, patients frequently hesitate to ask their PCPs for help. There is a stigma attached to mental health, but truly, honesty is the best policy.

Your mental health is important

You cannot and should not ignore it. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that 20 percent of visits to a PCP involve mention, discussion and treatment strategies for mental health issues. So, don't feel odd or alone if you express such a concern to Dr. Biggers. Your primary care physician wants to help.

Find out more

Please don't wait. Call Biggers Family Medicine today for an appointment. Let's talk about your concerns and work together toward your best mental health. Phone (813) 655-4646.

By BIGGERS FAMILY MEDICINE
October 22, 2018
Category: Family Medicine

No matter your age or stage in life, you need patient-centered medical care. We're pleased that you've chosen Biggers Family Medicine as your medical home. Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers and their caring staff provide family medicine in Brandon which focuses on the whole person. That philosophy is central to osteopathic medicine. Learn more about osteopathic medicine and how it benefits you.

Human SkeletonBasic medical needs

Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elisabeth Biggers concentrate on acute and chronic medical services. Whether you have pneumonia or need to manage a continuing condition such as asthma or diabetes, they'll provide the diagnostic testing, treatment, prescriptions, referrals and other services you need for optimal health and function.

Their holistic approach comes from their training in osteopathic medicine. This kind of physician training and patient care helps the doctor see his or her patient as a whole person, not just a set of symptoms or needs, says the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.

For instance, Dr. Biggers looks at how all the body systems function--or dysfunction--together. How does an individual's psychological and emotional health impact his cardiovascular system, for instance? How does her job and family situation affect her muscular-skeletal system? In short, what is the whole person like as he moves, eats, works, lives as a family member, worker and more?

Medical services

Your osteopaths urge all their patients to have routine physical assessments at Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon. These baseline examinations key in on the basics of:

  • Height, weight, Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Vital signs such as blood pressure, temperature, heart and breath sounds and pulse
  • Reflexes
  • Ear, nose and throat assessment
  • Joint flexibility
  • Current concerns or complaints
  • Emotional and mental well-being
  • Immunizations (to guard against tetanus, pneumonia, shingles, influenza and more)
  • Exercise, nutrition and patient education

These consultations give you and your doctor time to discuss what's really the heart of osteopathic medicine: prevention of disease and management of existing health conditions.

A word about aging

At Biggers Family Medicine, your physicians will order the screening tests you need appropriate for your age group--things such as colonoscopies, PSA tests, mammography, bone scans, hearing tests, routine blood work and more. They also coordinate care with specialists and community organizations as needed when you have an age-related condition, such as dementia or cataracts, which needs additional supportive services.

We're glad we're your medical home

At Biggers Family Medicine, we're here to serve you and your entire family. Your goal is our goal: optimizing your body's natural gifts to keep you healthy and happy. Call today for your routine physical assessment or if you have any question or concern: (813) 655-4646.

By BIGGERS FAMILY MEDICINE
September 26, 2018
Category: Family Medicine
Tags: Annual Checkups  

Though many people don’t visit the doctor unless they have an ailment or pain, the best course of action for good ongoing health is toannual checkup schedule yearly checkup visits. Learn why annual checkups with your primary care physician (PCP) are important and schedule your next visit to Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL.

What Happens at Annual Checkups?
A checkup is a relatively quick appointment with your PCP to check your vitals, including weight, height, blood pressure, and blood panels. Young people may need to have their immunizations and school physicals at these appointments. The goal is to ensure that you and your family are healthy and disease-free. If you have an existing condition, whether it’s hypertension, asthma, diabetes, or sinusitis, your primary care physician can help you manage it and prescribe or change necessary medications at your annual checkups.

Why Annual Checkups Are Important
An annual checkup is an opportunity for you to connect with your Brandon, FL primary care physician about any health concerns you’ve been having. It’s also a chance to get preliminary information about how your body is functioning. For instance, blood tests can reveal vitamin deficiencies or high levels of cholesterol that could indicate a risk of heart disease. Annual checkups count as preventive care, which saves patients money and allows doctors to effectively screen for conditions before they worsen.

General Health Tips Between Checkup Appointments
Don’t wait until your annual checkups to start making improvements for your health. These are a few ways that you can help ensure a good report at your next visit to the doctor:

- Take on a new workout routine, whether it’s yoga or light jogging. Exercise is good for both your physical and mental health.
- Explore programs to lose weight if you’ve been diagnosed as overweight or obese at your annual checkup.
- Consider dietary changes, reduce alcohol consumption, and avoid smoking.
- Take medications as prescribed.

Schedule Your Next Visit
Your primary care physician is the person you can trust with your general health concerns. Make time to see a primary care physician every year at Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL by calling (813) 655-4646 today. Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers are your medical team providing patients with quality family medicine.





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