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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 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 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.

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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.

By BIGGERS FAMILY MEDICINE
September 18, 2018
Category: Family Medicine
Tags: Preventive Care  

Make strides today toward improving your daily habits and your health.

There are so many things both children and adults can do day to day that can protect them from getting sick. With the increase in diabetes, preventive lifestyle changesheart disease and other potentially serious health problems in the US, it’s now more important than ever for our Brandon, FL, primary care physicians Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers to provide some helpful tips for how to lead a healthier life:

Get Up and Exercise

Exercising is something that everyone should be doing and the goal should be to participate in physical activity for at least 30 minutes each day. Of course, it’s important that you start slowly and create attainable fitness goals.

Exercise doesn’t necessarily mean getting a gym membership or joining Crossfit. It can be as simple as taking three 10-minute walks around the neighborhood or tending to your garden. Find a workout buddy who will help you get motivated to start and maintain your new workout routine. Not sure where to begin? Our Brandon, FL, doctors can provide you with recommendations for workouts that will fit your current health and interests.

Get Quality Sleep

Sleep is one of the most important and restorative activities we can do for our bodies and our minds, and yet so many people don’t get the recommended amount of sleep each night. We can attribute a lot of this to being constantly attached to our electronics, which can impact our sleep. Proper sleep hygiene is important. If you are still having trouble falling or staying asleep despite good sleep hygiene, it’s important that you talk to a doctor.

Your Diet is Vitally Important

What you eat provides your body with the nutrients and vitamins it needs to function properly. As we know, eating a diet that is high in sugar or processed foods can lead to serious health problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

Start with simple changes in your diet from replacing butter with olive oil and reducing the amount of sugar or salt in the recipes you are following. Use low-fat dairy options or incorporate a bigger serving of vegetables than the recipe might call for. These are just small but potentially impactful changes you can make to improve your diet.

Get Routine Checkups

No matter how healthy you are, it’s important that you have a doctor in Brandon, FL, that you can turn to at least once a year for routine checkups, screenings and vaccinations. Children have a vaccination schedule that they need to follow, but adults can also benefit from regular health screenings to check for diabetes, high blood pressure and other serious issues. Sometimes we can even reverse these issues if we catch them early on.

Here at Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, we put the health of your family first. No matter whether you need to schedule a sports physical for your child before they start a new school year or you are experiencing changes in your health, we are here to provide you with the care and answers you need to lead the long, healthy life you deserve.