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Put simply, osteopathic medicine offers a unique approach and view to patient care by blending the art and science of medicine. D.O.s or Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine have licenses to practice surgery and primary care medicine as well as extra training in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal conditions. A key principle of osteopathic medicine is the belief that plenty of diseases cause, or are due to, issues with the musculoskeletal system that includes your bones, muscles, and nerves.
Here at Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, your D.O.s, Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers pay special attention to how the body parts function together for treating and preventing health problems.
The History of Osteopathic Medicine
Dr. Andrew Taylor Still established osteopathic medicine during the late 1800s. Essentially, its main philosophy focuses on the identification and treatment of a health problem’s root cause, instead of just alleviating the symptoms. The key principles of osteopathic medicine include:
- Your body functions as one whole unit. It’s not just a sum of its body parts.
- Function and structure are interrelated.
- Your body was made with the innate ability for self-healing.
This means that understanding your overall health, not just your physical health, but the health of your mind as well, will help enhance your body’s natural healing abilities, further empowering and energizing it.
Practitioners of osteopathic medicine utilize OMT or osteopathic manipulation treatment to facilitate healing and proper functioning. This treatment involves gentle resistance and pressure for working your muscles, joints, and connective tissues. It aims to relieve pain, restore mobility, increase ROM or range-of-motion, and support your body’s structure to aid it in functioning as expected or more efficiently. Patients are provided with customized treatment plans.
Who Can Benefit from Osteopathic Medicine?
Here at our practice in Brandon, FL, we provide osteopathic medicine treatments to people of all ages. In general, we work with patients suffering from headaches, neck and/or back pain, stomach issues, reflux, constipation, asthma, arthritis, scoliosis, and pelvic pain.
Interested in Osteopathic Medicine? Reach Out to Us
Call (813) 655-4646 to arrange a consultation with one of our Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Joel Biggers or Dr. Elizabeth Biggers of Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL.
How's your mental wellness? This is an important question because your physical health depends on your mood and mental/emotional function. At Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers want their patients to take care of their mental health. These osteopathic physicians can help you do just that.
Take good care
Here are some practical ways to check on your mental health and actually improve it. You'll feel better, work better and interact well with your family and friends. The team at Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, will help you.
Mental health impacts every stage of your life--childhood through your senior years, says the US Department of Health and Human Services. So, please attend to it.
1. Avoid isolation. Reach out to someone you love and trust. Develop your friendships.
2. Enjoy a hobby. If you don't have one, start one. You build new neuro-pathways in your brain and give yourself something to look forward to and enjoy.
3. Exercise. Healthline says routine exercise raises the levels of serotonin in your brain. This neurotransmitter increases energy, happiness and contentment.
4. Help others. Service brings you out of your own world and set of worries and refocuses your attention.
5. Pray. Develop your spirituality.
6. Get adequate rest--eight to nine hours a night. Include a brief power nap during the day as time allows.
7. Speak to a professional therapist who can help you identify areas of stress or diagnoses such as depression or anxiety. Medication helps in some cases. Talking it out can be beneficial, too.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) outlines some signs which indicate you may be struggling with your mental/emotional health. They include:
1. Excessive feelings of hopelessness, helplessness and sadness.
2. Difficulties with memory, concentration and finishing routine tasks
3. Low energy, fatigue and problems with sleeping
4. Poor sex drive
5. Overeating, lack of appetite and excessive alcohol consumption
7. Thoughts of self-harm
8. Avoiding social interaction
9. Poor work or school performance
10. Reduced empathy with others
It's so important
At Biggers Family Medicine, we want to know how you really are. That includes your mental function and well-being. So, call our office in Brandon, FL, for a talk with Dr. Joel Biggers or Dr. Elizabeth Biggers. They'll listen, and they can help. Phone us at (813) 655-4646.
Here are the telltale signs that you might have arthritis.
While the day after a long run may leave you dealing with sore, achy joints, if joint problems are persistent then you may be wondering if these are signs of arthritis. Since it’s important that you receive a diagnosis and proper treatment as quickly as possible to slow the progression of the disease, it’s also important to recognize the signs that it’s time to visit our Brandon, FL, family doctors Drs. Joel & Elizabeth Biggers.
The Classic Signs and Symptoms of Arthritis
Wondering if you could be dealing with arthritis? Here are some of the telltale signs,
- Joint swelling: some types of arthritis result in red, swollen skin around the joint that can feel warm to the touch
- Joint pain: pain may be persistent, or it may flare-up. You may notice increased pain with movement
- Joint stiffness: along with pain, it is common to experience stiffness in the affected joints. Stiffness may be worse in the morning or after periods of inactivity
If you suspect that you have arthritis, you can easily turn to our Brandon, FL, primary care physicians for an evaluation. We are also happy to refer you to a specialist who focuses on treating and managing arthritis.
Arthritis often affects multiple joints, and you may experience joint problems on one side or both sides of the body. While arthritis can affect just about any joint in the body, it most commonly affects the,
- Wrists and hands
- Feet and ankles
- Elbows and shoulders
- Knees, lower back, and hips
It’s important that we determine which type of arthritis you have before creating a treatment plan. After all, not all forms of arthritis are treated in the same way. Common ways to treat arthritis include,
- Medications that ease symptoms and also slow joint damage
- Occupational therapy, which can show you more efficient ways of moving and performing certain tasks that can make day-to-day living with arthritis easier and less painful
- Lifestyle modifications including dietary changes, exercising, and certain supplements can also improve arthritis symptoms
- Alternative therapies such as massage therapy and acupuncture
- Surgery may be necessary if severe joint damage is affecting mobility and quality of life
If you are experiencing the symptoms of arthritis it is important that you see a qualified medical professional here in Brandon, FL, that can help.
Call Biggers Family Medicine at (813) 655-4646 to schedule an evaluation.
At Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, our primary care physicians offer many acute and chronic care services to people of all ages. Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers understand that families need a medical home where they feel assured of competent, coordinated care. Read on about what we do.
What a medical home does
Basically, Biggers Family Medicine is your one-stop for medical services concerning acute and chronic health problems. Your primary care physician gets to know your medical history and current needs well so you're assured of prompt and proper care at the right time.
At our Brandon, FL, office, our primary care physicians maintain all your health records and coordinate care in the event you require surgery, hospitalization, or ongoing care from a medical specialist. We prescribe medications, order diagnostic tests, and interpret results. Biggers Family Medicine has an on-site lab for blood work and other tests, performs EKGs, and oversees heart arrhythmias with Holter monitors.
Also, Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers encourage their patients to undergo a yearly physical examination to track:
- Vital signs
- Blood glucose, cholesterol, bone density, and other metabolic measures
- Vision and hearing
- Mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety
- Women's health issues
- Cancer risk assessment and screenings
We counsel patients on exercise and nutrition and update vaccinations, including the flu shot and tetanus boosters. We treat acute problems such as:
- Lacerations, burns, and sprains
- Influenza and pneumonia
- Urinary tract infections
- Strep throat and ear infections
- GI upset
Our Brandon, FL, primary care physicians also help individuals manage chronic health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, allergies, asthma, arthritis, obesity, and cancer.
Our office in Brandon, FL, is open Monday through Friday. We feature telehealth and drive-up visits for your convenience and safety. At Biggers Family Medicine, our primary care physicians and their team view their patients as friends. You'll notice the caring attitude Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers have.
If you have an urgent medical need, wish to ask a question of our professional staff, or need an appointment for a routine exam, please call us at (813) 655-4646.
Your health is our biggest priority and our doctors are focused on keeping you safe.
We know that COVID-19 is a real concern; however, we know that your health is also a concern. Our Brandon, FL, primary care physicians Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers are ensuring that all of their patients continue to get the medical care they have come to know and trust even during the pandemic.
What to Expect at Our Office
We believe that everyone should get the medical care they need even during a pandemic. Everything from urgent health concerns to annual wellness checkups is important, and we want our patients to know that our Brandon, FL, primary care physicians are still encouraging patients to come into the office.
Our office hours are the same and we do not anticipate changes or disruptions to our normal business hours. Same-day and urgent care appointments are also available.
How We Are Keeping You Safe
Our goal is to make your visit to our office as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Here’s what you can expect when you turn to us for care right now,
- We are minimizing exposure by making sure all patients wait in the car until their appointment time in order to keep our waiting rooms at minimal capacity.
- We are separating sick from non-sick patients by providing them with different routes into and out of the office.
- Doctors certainly know how to keep things sanitized, so you better believe that we are ensuring the highest level of sanitation in our office right now. All equipment, seating areas and rooms are thoroughly sanitized before and after each patient using CDC guidelines, and all doctors and staff are wearing PPE.
Still feeling a bit nervous about seeing your doctor right now? We understand! That’s why we also offer drive-up appointments (stay in the car; we’ll come to you) and telehealth visits (so you don’t even have to leave the house). We don’t want people to skip out on getting the care they need right now.
Symptoms of COVID?
If you are concerned about possible exposure to COVID-19 or need to get tested for work, we are also offering COVID-19 testing in our office (no drive-up testing services are being offered right now). Those who are high risk for severe COVID-19 symptoms can also be treated by one of our primary care physicians right in their vehicle to limit your chance for exposure.
Have questions or concerns about the care our Brandon, FL, primary care physicians are providing right now? Feel free to give Biggers Family Medicine a call at (813) 655-4646.