Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) provides a natural, drug-free way to treat pain and a variety of other health problems. The treatment is only offered by physicians who are doctors of osteopathic medicine, like Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers of Biggers Family Medicine at our new location at 538 Wilbur Street in Brandon, FL.
What is OMT?
During OMT, your Brandon doctor uses his or her hands to stretch and apply gentle pressure to your muscles and joints. Issues with your joints and muscles can affect your body's natural balance and cause pain or other uncomfortable symptoms. OMT can improve blood flow, promote healing and relieve pressure on nerves, reducing pain.
Pain medication can be helpful if you suffer from chronic pain, but prescription and non-prescription drugs often cause unpleasant side effects. They may make you nauseous or dizzy or affect your ability to drive safely or focus at work. Some can even be addictive. OMT can reduce your reliance on pain medication and may even make surgery unnecessary.
The treatment is particularly helpful for back pain and neck pain. The gentle manipulations improve the alignment of your spine and relax tight muscles. OMT treatment can also improve your range of motion and decrease stiffness. Thanks to increased blood flow to your back or neck, healing may be accelerated.
OMT is More Than Just a Pain Treatment
Although OMT is often used to treat painful muscles and joints in the back, shoulders, knees, hips and elbows, it's also an effective treatment for other disorders, illnesses and diseases. Do you have asthma? Correcting spinal misalignments may improve the ability of your lungs to expand fully every time you inhale. OMT may also enhance the functioning of the nerves that serve the lungs, reducing your asthma symptoms.
OMT may improve symptoms related to menstrual pain, sinus problems, sciatica, sports injuries, sprains, tendonitis, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), or repetitive stress injuries, like carpal tunnel syndrome. The treatment may even be helpful if your baby has colic or feeding difficulties.
Could you benefit from seeing a doctor who specializes in osteopathic medicine? Call Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers of Biggers Family Medicine at our new location at 538 Wilbur St in Brandon, FL, at (813) 655-4646 to schedule an appointment. And our new fax number: (855) 366-8430.
The Importance of Annual Checkups
Seeing the doctor for an annual checkup plays a major role in keeping people healthy. By getting the right health services, screenings, and treatments, you're taking steps that increase your chances of having a long, healthy life. Biggers Family Medicine, at our new location at 538 Wilbur Street in Brandon, FL, offers a complete range of health care services to the patients they serve. Read on to find out why annual checkups with Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers are so important.
The annual checkup can help find problems early, when your chances for treatment are better. During your visit, your doctor will assess your general health. They will check your heartbeat and breathing sounds with a stethoscope. Your doctor may take your blood pressure readings and examine your head, neck, tonsils, thyroid, lymph nodes, and abdomen. Your doctor may also order laboratory tests, such as a complete blood count (CBC) and urinalysis.
Continuity of Records
Your healthcare provider will have records of all the care you have received there. and will be able to provide those medical records if you need them. And because the doctor has your medical records, they can remind you when you need immunizations, a mammogram, colonoscopy, or other screenings.
The annual checkup is a good time for a review of the over-the-counter and prescription medications you're taking. Bring all your medications to your visit, so your doctor can help you determine whether you need to be taking every one of them. Your doctor will also write prescriptions for any medications you need and give you refills for prescriptions that are about to run out.
Annual check-ups are important to receive counseling based on your family health history and your lifestyle. Asking questions is key to good communication with your healthcare provider. Being truthful about your smoking and/or drinking habit gives your doctor the information they need to provide the appropriate counseling to maximize your health.
To keep your health on track, visit Biggers Family Medicine at our new location at 538 Wilbur St in Brandon, FL. Call (813) 655-4646 to schedule your annual checkup. And our new fax number: (855) 366-8430. Your health is your most valuable possession. An annual exam is the best thing you can do for yourself this year!
Many patients believe that being physically fit and feeling good is all that’s necessary for good health and wellness. However, another major aspect of being wholly well is to have strong mental health. Both what you think and how you think can have a large bearing on how you feel day-to-day, and can even affect your bodily systems in some cases! That's why here at Biggers Family Medicine, P.A. in Brandon, FL, we offer mental health counseling—read on to learn how these appointments can help you.
What Is Mental Health Care?
As opposed to physical health (which pertains to bodily functions), mental health is concerned with how we feel, think, and act on a daily basis toward both ourselves and others. Mental health care is focused on helping patients maintain good mental health and also treating patients with therapy or medication when something is not quite right. The most common mental health conditions include depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.
Mental Health: As Important as General Health
Many mental health problems are inherited from family members, which is why it’s a good idea to do some research into your family history. A physician at Biggers Family Medicine, P.A. in Brandon, FL can help guide you to the mental health treatments solutions that you need to feel better about yourself and navigate your life successfully. In a number of ways, mental health is just as important as caring for your general health., for when you are mentally well, you fully understand the importance of taking care of yourself by means of eating well, exercising, communicating with others, and participating in self-care activities.
Mental Health Treatment Options
If you or a family member is potentially experiencing issues related to mental illness, early intervention is best. The first step is seeing your trusted family physician to talk about what’s going on, and to receive a referral for mental health care if necessary. Mental health treatments may include medication, talk therapy, or behavioral therapy. Also note that some symptoms may be related to a physical issue that your Brandon, FL, physician can help you address.
Schedule a Mental Health Checkup
Maintaining good mental health should be one of your top priorities. See your primary care physician for a referral to a qualified mental health professional. Biggers Family Medicine, P.A. has moved to a new location in Brandon, FL. Call the new number at (813) 655-4646 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Joel Biggers or Dr. Elizabeth Biggers.
From the flu to seasonal allergies, it isn’t always an easy call to figure out when you can handle your symptoms yourself and when you may have to turn to our Brandon, FL, primary care physicians Drs. Joel & Elizabeth Biggers for care. Read on to gain some guidance on this issue, and give our office a call if you need any treatment!
More about Acute Diseases
An acute disease is one that will often go away on its own either without treatment or with rest and at-home care. Here are some of the most common acute diseases that occur in both children and adults:
- Common cold
- Gastroenteritis (“stomach bug”)
- Upper respiratory infections (e.g. bronchitis; pneumonia)
- Strep throat
- Urinary tract infections
- Ear infection
Sometimes you won’t really know what’s going on but you may be able to pinpoint the symptoms you are experiencing. Common symptoms of acute diseases include,
- Runny or stuffed nose
- Facial pain and pressure
- Coughing and sneezing
- Trouble breathing
- Sore throat
- Pain when swallowing
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal pain
- Skin rash
- Body aches
If you or your little one is experiencing any of these symptoms and you are concerned, it’s a good idea to call our office in Brandon, FL. That way, you can tell us what’s going on and we will be able to assess the symptoms to determine whether it’s worth making a trip into our office as soon as possible.
You should see a doctor right away for care if,
- You have a cough that lasts more than 10 days
- Your symptoms get worse
- You are experiencing chest pain (this could be a medical emergency)
- You have a high fever
- There is blood in your stool or vomit
- You are experiencing symptoms of dehydration
- Your ear pain is severe or accompanied by hearing loss or changes in your hearing
- You are wheezing or experiencing shortness of breath
- You are experiencing severe abdominal pain
- You have burning or pain with urination
- You have lost weight suddenly and unexpectedly
- You have diarrhea that has lasted more than 2 days
If in doubt, give our office a call and explain the symptoms that you are experiencing. The sooner you seek treatment, the sooner you will experience relief. Call our medical team here at Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, today to schedule an immediate appointment for you or your little one. Our number is (813) 655-4646.
But our attentive, friendly medical care serving Brandon, FL, has stayed the same.
We are proud to announce that Biggers Family Medicine has found a new home in Brandon, FL, as of March 15 (just in time for spring). Now our dedicated patients can find us at 538 Wilbur St, Brandon, FL, 33511. Of course, if you are a brand new patient looking for primary care physicians like our own Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers who can provide you with a full spectrum of medical care then you’ve come to the right place.
Here at Biggers Family Medicine, the focus is on preventive medicine. Everyone should have a primary care doctor that they work with in Brandon, FL, to provide them with checkups, screenings, vaccinations and more to keep illnesses, both acute and chronic, at bay. The key to healthy living is to prevent illness rather than just treating the problem once it arises.
Remember, a primary care physician is by your side throughout your life, helping you determine the best choices for your health. Whether that includes changing your diet, losing weight or quitting smoking, our doctors can help you make those simple lifestyle changes that can also make a great impact on your life.
We provide comprehensive and continuous care to patients of all ages living within the Brandon, FL, area. We take a proactive approach to preventing illness, as well as managing chronic conditions and improving your quality of life. As a family practice, we treat patients of all ages, from toddlers to seniors. We work with you and your medical history to make sure that you get the individualized and compassionate care you are looking for so you always know where to turn when it comes to getting medical care.
The benefits of having a primary physician that you can turn to all the time for everything from routine checkups and flu vaccinations is vital for long-term health. With our most recent move, we hope to make our services even more accessible and convenient for our patients, both new and loyal. Find Biggers Family Medicine at our new address 538 Wilbur St, Brandon, FL, 33511. Call us today at (813) 655-4646 to schedule an appointment. And also note, we have a new fax number too: (855) 366-8430.
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