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February 27, 2019
Category: Family Medicine

Thanks to preventive care, it's possible to identify health issues or potential problems before they can damage your health. Primary care Medical Preventive Carephysicians, Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers of Biggers Family Medicine offer preventive care services in their Brandon, FL, office.

How can preventive care protect my health?

Some diseases and conditions can affect your health without causing any symptoms initially. For example, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes may not cause noticeable signs and symptoms in the early stages but may still affect your health.

Early detection not only ensures that you receive the treatment you need to remain healthy but can also encourage you to improve your eating or exercise habits if you're at risk for developing a health problem if you don't make a few lifestyle changes.

What types of screenings are part of preventive care?

Preventive care screenings include blood pressure measurements, height and weight checks, heart and respiration rate, prostate exams for men, and pelvic and breast exams for women. Your Brandon primary care physician may also recommend urine or blood tests to screen for diabetes, high cholesterol, or liver, kidney or blood issues.

Although some screenings are offered if you schedule a visit due to an illness or injury, you'll need to make an appointment for a physical to fully take advantage of health screenings.

What other services are considered part of preventive care?

Your primary care physician also wants to hear about your concerns about your physical and mental health. If you would like to become healthier by losing weight, he or she can advise you how to drop those extra pounds safely. When depression or anxiety affects your enjoyment of life, your physician can provide advice, discuss the possible use of medication, or make a referral to a psychologist or psychiatrist.

Has it been a while since you scheduled a preventive care visit with your doctor? Call your Brandon, FL, primary care physicians, Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers of Biggers Family Medicine, at (813) 655-4646 to schedule your next appointment.

February 15, 2019
Category: Family Medicine
Tags: Chronic Diseases  

How your doctors in Brandon, FL, can help you stay healthy

There are many common chronic diseases that can affect you at some point in your life. The good news is, there are effective treatments Doctorto help manage chronic diseases. Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers at Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, offer a full range of services to help you feel better.


More About Chronic Diseases

Some of the chronic diseases treated at Biggers Family Medicine include:

  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Obesity

If you are suffering from any of the chronic diseases listed above, your doctors can help manage your symptoms. Here are some examples:



Arthritis is an inflammatory disease that affects your joints, causing joint destruction, loss of mobility, and pain. Medication is one tool to manage symptoms, both to reduce inflammation and to treat pain. In addition, exercise and physical therapy are often recommended to increase mobility and decrease stiffness. Joint surgery may also be a solution in severe cases.



Cancer is a disease that can affect virtually any area of your body, producing abnormal changes in your body’s cells. There are many causes of cancer including a genetic component, exposure to toxic substances, excessive sun exposure, and other causes. Depending on the type of cancer, surgery may be indicated to remove the precancerous or cancerous tissue, along with chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Medication may also be suggested to limit the disease spread.



Diabetes is also a chronic disease that causes problems in many body systems including your immune, circulatory, and nervous systems. Diabetes can be managed by controlling blood sugar with medications like insulin and metformin, and by diet modifications.


Need Treatment? Give Us a Call

These are just a few of the many chronic diseases your doctors can treat. For more information about chronic disease management and treatment, call Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers at Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, today at (813) 655-4646!