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How osteopathic wellcare from your doctors in Brandon, FL, can make a difference in your health
If you think medicine is all about prescription medications, you need to discover the difference that osteopathic wellcare can make in your life. A method focusing on your whole person, not just individual parts, osteopathic wellcare is all about keeping you well by preventing disease.
Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers at Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, offer osteopathic wellcare that can make a difference in your health.
What osteopathic medicine can do for you
Osteopathic medicine uses all of the tools and techniques of conventional medicine including x-rays, laboratory testing, and other diagnostic tools, combined with a different approach. Osteopathic wellcare focuses on your body as an interrelated organism, with all parts of your body dependent on each other to create an environment of optimal health and vitality.
Osteopathic wellcare is designed with the goal of preventing illnesses and diseases before they can occur. Osteopathic treatments are proactive to prevent disease, not reactive, as in reacting to disease after it has happened.
Taking a holistic approach, osteopathic medicine uses all the best knowledge and techniques from Eastern and Western medicine. Your osteopathic doctor will perform regular examinations to keep you healthy, including taking blood pressure and other vital stats, dietary counseling, current medication regimen, lifestyle factors, the amount of exercise you add into your life, and your stress levels.
If you do get sick, your doctors at Biggers Family Medicine also treat all types of illnesses and diseases including:
- Viruses and bacterial infections like colds, the flu, or pneumonia
- Strains and sprains of muscles, tendons, and ligaments
- Chronic pain from an injury, accident, or other cause
You can rely on the doctors at Biggers Family Medicine for all of your medical needs including physicals for work, sports, or school, vaccinations against infectious diseases, and to answer any questions you have about medical care.
If you want more than conventional medicine has to offer, it’s time to discover what osteopathic wellcare can do for you. To learn more, call Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers at Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, today by dialing (813) 655-4646.
If you had diabetes, would you know it? Sadly, many diabetics are not diagnosed for early on, this chronic disease may not present any identifiable symptoms. Here at Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers watch their patients carefully for signs of diabetes, particularly if they have risk factors. Read on to learn more about diabetes, its dangers, and how you can manage it:
What is diabetes? Diabetes is a chronic endocrine disease that elevates glucose levels in the blood. According to the University of Iowa, 40 million Americans have something called pre-diabetes, and a full 20 million have the full-blown diagnosis.
What are the symptoms of diabetes? A fasting blood sugar blood test tells your physician at Biggers Family Medicine if you have diabetes or may be at risk for developing it. Sadly, many diabetics don't display any symptoms whatsoever. However, others experience excessive urination, extreme thirst, weight loss, fatigue, blurry vision, slow healing, numbness, and tingling in the lower extremities.
What causes diabetes? Heredity plays a significant role, especially in juvenile, or Type 1, diabetes. Additional factors are obesity, high cholesterol, a rich diet, inactivity, and pregnancies in which an infant weighs 9 pounds or more. Some women also experience gestational diabetes in which their blood sugars are high while they are pregnant but return to normal in the postpartum period.
How do the doctors at Biggers Family Medicine treat diabetes? Much depends on weight reduction, healthy eating, medications (such as insulin), and raising your activity level. Many patients test their blood sugars at home to maintain good control.
What other health factors affect my blood sugars? High cholesterol and hypertension increase blood glucose levels and the body's ability to manage them. Stress or an acute illness, such as the flu, can impact them as well. Controlling all these factors helps patients avoid complications such as peripheral artery disease, diabetic retinopathy, stroke, heart attack and more.
What is normal blood glucose? Typically, it is 100 mg/dl or lower as revealed by routine blood work ordered by your physician. Higher levels may indicate pre-diabetes or diabetes, and your doctor may want additional tests for a definitive diagnosis and treatment plan.
Find out more
Do you suspect you have diabetes? Contact your friends at Biggers Family Medicine for an appointment with Dr. Joel Biggers or Dr. Elizabeth Biggers. They'll help you stay on top of your condition, avoid complications, and feel your best. Phone our Brando, FL, office today at (813) 655-4646.
Here in Brandon, FL, we provide preventive health care to women of all ages.
Women’s health is a complex issue, and it constantly changes as patients grow older. Fortunately, here in Brandon, FL, our primary care physicians, Drs. Joel & Elizabeth Biggers, provide women of all ages with the medical care they need, treating everything from reproductive problems to arthritis, depression, and migraines. From young teens to seniors, we offer comprehensive healthcare that women living in Brandon, FL, can trust time and time again.
Learn about the various treatment options that are offered for women of all ages.:
When we think of hormone therapy, we often think of women who are going through menopause or premenopause; however, the trust of the matter is, that women of all ages can deal with hormonal imbalances. Common symptoms of a hormonal imbalance include,
- Vaginal dryness
- Breast tenderness
- Irregular periods
- Chronic fatigue
- Trouble concentrating
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, then it’s a good idea to call our Brandon, FL, office to schedule an evaluation. Based on your medical history and the symptoms that you are experiencing, we can run a simple blood test to check everything from hormone and blood sugar levels to thyroid functionality. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can help balance out low estrogen levels to reduce symptoms.
A mammogram is another important screening tool that takes x-rays of the breast to look for early signs of breast cancer. It's important to note here that you don’t have to be experiencing symptoms in order to undergo a mammogram. In fact, women between the ages of 45 to 54 should start getting annual mammograms while women between the ages of 40 to 44 should consider doing the same (this is particularly important for women who are at an increased risk for breast cancer). Women 55 years and older can continue to get annual screenings or come in every two years.
Gynecological Treatments and Preventative Healthcare
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that young girls have their first gynecological visit between the ages of 13 and 15. This normally coincides with puberty, when they have their first menstrual periods. The first pap smear (a preventative test to check the cells on their cervix) will usually happen around age 21 or when the patient becomes sexually active. Another important preventative gynecological treatment for parents to consider is immunization for HPV, a sexually transmitted disease that could put some women at risk for cervical cancer.
Call us at our new office
Women of all ages can benefit from establishing a relationship with a primary care physician who also takes care of a wide range of women’s health needs. You’ll find that at Biggers Family Medicine, P.A. in Brandon, FL. To schedule an appointment, call our office at (813) 655-4646.
"A primary care physician is a specialist in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine or Pediatrics who provides definitive care to the undifferentiated patient at the point of first contact, and takes continuing responsibility for providing the patient's comprehensive care," says the American Academy of Family Physicians. Here at Biggers Family Medicine, in Brandon, FL, our primary care physicians, Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers, provide a number of services to boost the health of their patients—read on to learn more.
Here is a few service your primary care physician can provide:
- Treating Acute Diseases: Acute diseases, like influenza virus and the common cold, come on suddenly and go away in a day or two. When symptoms affect babies, children, and those with weak immune systems, you need to consult your doctor. Symptoms of acute diseases include nasal congestion, runny nose, cough, chills, fever, body aches, sore throat, malaise, and nausea.
- Treating Chronic Diseases: Chronic diseases last a minimum of three months and can't be prevented by vaccinations. Chronic diseases appear as we age but younger people can get sick as well. Examples of chronic diseases include arthritis, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, epilepsy/seizures, obesity, and oral health problems.
- Preventative Care: Preventive family medicine maintains a person's health and protects against disease, disability or death. The only way to do this is when patients come in for routine visits. This includes going to your Brandon primary care physician for your child's wellness visits, stay updated on immunizations, routine blood work, blood pressure check, annual pap smears and advice on preventive lifestyle changes.
- Women's Health Care: This type of service focuses on women's needs, like reproductive and sexual health. Women have a higher risk of contracting/developing chronic health issues, like migraines, arthritis, or depression. Women's health care consists of family medical services and screenings, like mammography, hormone therapy, pregnancy and childbirth, reproductive disorders (e.g. polycystic ovarian syndrome), osteoporosis, heart disease, bladder health, gynecological checkups, and immunizations.
If you would like to learn more about what Biggers Family Medicine can offer, be sure to call our office in Brandon, FL, today by dialing (813) 655-4646.
Know the warning signs that could spell heart trouble.
According to the CDC, approximately 1 in every 4 deaths is associated with heart disease each year in the US alone. This makes heart disease the leading cause of death in both men and women. Knowing the signs and symptoms that something might be wrong is important so that you know when to turn to our Brandon, FL, primary care physicians, Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers, for a checkup.
This is probably the most obvious and common symptom that something is wrong, and yet, some people don’t even realize that their chest pain may actually be an emergency situation. If you don’t feel well and you are experiencing chest pain, you need to call 911 or have someone drive you to your nearest ER right away. If you are having a heart attack, you may experience chest tightness or heaviness that feels as if someone is sitting on your chest. You may also find it difficult to breathe.
Chest pain that appears during physical activity or movement may be associated with angina. Of course, chest pain isn’t always heart-related, but it’s best to rule out a heart attack or other heart problems first if you are experiencing chest pain.
Sudden Aches and Pains
When the heart doesn’t get enough blood it needs to work harder. This doesn’t always mean that the pain will develop in the chest. Sometimes you may experience pain in the shoulder, arms, back or stomach. If you notice any pain that comes on during activity but goes away with rest, this could be a sign of heart disease.
Swollen Feet and Ankles
While swelling can occur for a number of reasons such as standing/sitting for long periods of time or being overweight, the type of swelling associated with heart disease is more severe. If you have heart disease, swelling of the legs, ankles, or feet is surprisingly common. Severe swelling should be checked out right away by one of our doctors.
A palpitation refers to a rapid or irregular heartbeat. While palpitations can sometimes be harmless or be induced by stress, dehydration, or caffeine intake, some palpitations point to heart problems. When you experience a palpitation it’s important to write down everything you know about it including when it occurs, if something has triggered it, and how it feels. Giving this information to our doctors can be very helpful in providing an accurate diagnosis.
Concerned? Call Us
Protect your heart health by visiting your Brandon, FL, doctor at least once a year for a physical. Call Biggers Family Medicine today at (813) 655-4646 if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above or if it’s time for your annual checkup.