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December 23, 2020
Category: Family Medicine
Tags: Cancer Diagnosis  

Your skin biopsy is positive for cancer. Now, what do you do? At Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, Dr. Elizabeth Biggers, and Dr. Joel Biggers, and their staff walk with patients who have serious illnesses, such as cancer. With the emotional support and the coordinated health care you need, we will help you through your cancer diagnosis.

An integrated approach to cancer

Treating and beating cancer involves many people and medical disciplines. At Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, our professional team knows survivorship and living well during cancer treatment depends on shared decision-making. This involves primary care physicians, patients, family, and other health care providers. Research from the National Academy of Medicine proves it.

So, Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers will talk with you about your particular cancer diagnosis and the care and options your oncology team provides. Whether surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or other treatments have been offered, our team will help you make sense of it all.

Caring for the rest of you

Just because you have cancer, the rest of your life--and your health care--don't stop. Dr. Biggers will continue to treat your other health conditions and manage any side effects of your cancer treatment.

For instance, many cancer patients require help with treatment-related:

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Incisional pain
  • Anemia
  • Weight gain and loss
  • Appetite problems
  • Mobility issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Our team will help you stay at home, out of the hospital and emergency room. Your mental health requires maintenance, too, as cancer care often causes what physicians call psycho-social distress. Your friends at Biggers Family Medicine can refer you to professionals and support groups that help patients and their families through the emotional ups and downs of cancer.

Your preventive and acute care continues

As you partner with your oncologist in overcoming cancer, we will partner with you in routine medical care to include:

  • Monitoring of vital signs, weight, cholesterol, and blood sugar
  • Administering vaccinations when appropriate
  • Managing routine medications and therapies
  • Screening for other cancers, such as breast and colon
  • Providing acute care for colds, flu, rashes, sprains, UTis, and more

You are not alone

At Biggers Family Medicine, Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers care for you as a whole person. That's the heart of osteopathic and holistic medicine. So, come to us with your cancer diagnosis. Were here for you, Contact our Brandon, FL, office at (813) 655-4646.

December 14, 2020
Category: Cardiovascular
Tags: EKG Testing  

An EKG, also known as an electrocardiogram, records electrical signals to the heart. Doctors use an EKG test to determine if you have a heart issue. If you live in Brandon, FL, the doctors at Biggers Family Medicine may suggest an EKG test as part of your preventive care. Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers along with their experienced staff offer a variety of services to help you live a long, healthy life. Keep reading to learn more about EKG testing.

Where Do You Get an EKG Test?

Doctors provide EKG tests in a variety of settings. Hospitals, doctor's offices, clinics, and ambulances are all places where you might have an EKG performed.

Heart Issues an EKG Can Detect

If you get an EKG, it can determine if your heart is working correctly. It will also determine if you have a problem with your heart. EKG tests can detect if you have:

  • heart failure
  • blocked arteries
  • irregular heartbeat
  • heart damage
  • heart attack

EKG Test

When you receive an EKG test, you lie down on the examination table. Next, the healthcare worker places small electrodes or sensors on your chest, legs, and arms. The electrodes are attached to wires. These wires connect to a computer that monitors your heart activity. EKG tests typically take about three minutes. The test is painless and completely safe. Do you live in Brandon, FL? Contact a primary care physician at Biggers Family Medicine to learn more about EKG tests.

Schedule Your Appointment

Visiting a primary care physician in Brandon, FL, is essential for overall health and wellness. If you need a primary care doctor, Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers provide the preventive care and treatment you need to remain healthy.

Schedule an appointment at Biggers Family Medicine today. Contact our experienced staff at (813) 655-4646.

December 14, 2020
Tags: Arthritis  

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

Treating Arthritis

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.