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July 01, 2021
Category: Healthcare

Blood pressure screenings, one of the many services and treatments offered by your primary care physicians, Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers of Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, help you protect your health. Do you know when you need a blood pressure screening?

How blood pressure screenings help you stay healthy

High blood pressure increases your risk of heart attack, strokes, aneurysms, heart disease, blood clots, enlarged heart, kidney disease, and vision loss. The condition affects one-third of Americans, according to the American Heart Association, yet often causes no symptoms.

Although you may feel perfectly fine, the increase in pressure may be damaging your arteries and increasing your risk of the diseases and conditions mentioned above. If high blood pressure isn't diagnosed and treated promptly, your health may soon be affected.

Do you need a blood pressure screening?

You may need a screening if:

  • You're obese or overweight: Even a few extra pounds can increase your blood pressure.
  • You have diabetes: You may be more likely to have higher-than-normal blood pressure if you have diabetes.
  • Other people in your family have high blood pressure: High blood pressure tends to run in some families.
  • You smoke: Smoking causes many dangerous changes in the body, including high blood pressure.
  • You're stressed: All of us experience at least occasional stress due to work, family responsibilities, and other challenges. When stress becomes a constant part of your life, your risk of high blood pressure rises.
  • You don't eat right or exercise: Following an unhealthy lifestyle may cause your blood pressure to increase.
  • You drink alcoholic beverages often: Heavy use of alcohol is also linked to high blood pressure.
  • You're in perfect health: High blood pressure can occur even if you eat a healthy diet, exercise often, and avoid smoking and drinking. Since you never know when you might develop high blood pressure, it's important to visit the Brandon, FL, primary care office for periodic blood pressure screenings and checkups.

Has it been a while since you had a blood pressure screening? Call your primary care physicians, Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers of Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, at (813) 655-4646 to schedule your appointment.

June 23, 2021
Category: Healthcare
Tags: Sprains  

Your doctors in Brandon, FL, can help when you are suffering a sprain.

You don’t have to be an athlete to experience a sprained ankle, shoulder, or other body part. Everyone is at risk for a sprain, especially if you are not in good physical condition, or you lift heavy objects. Even stepping off of the sidewalk can lead to an ankle sprain. Sprains can put you out of commission for days, weeks, or even months.

The good news is, your doctors can treat your sprain and get you back up on your feet. Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers of Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, offer comprehensive healthcare services, including treatment of sprains.

So, how do you know if you have experienced a sprain? There are a few signs and symptoms to look out for. You may notice:

  • A popping sound when you injure yourself
  • Swelling around the injured body part
  • Bruising around the injured body part
  • Moderate to severe pain when you try to move the injured body part
  • Stiffness, lack of flexibility, and loss of mobility

People who are older and seniors are especially at risk of experiencing a sprain because of:

  • Problems with balance
  • Living a primarily sedentary lifestyle
  • Stiff joints and lack of flexibility

If you experience a sprain, you can try a few simple home remedies to get relief. Remember to:

  • Rest and elevate the injured body part
  • Put ice packs on the injured body part several times each day
  • Wrap the injured body part in compression bandages to reduce swelling

For moderate to severe symptoms associated with a sprain, it’s best to visit your doctor. Professional treatments for a sprain include:

  • Immobilization, to prevent excessive movement and further injury while you heal
  • Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medications to reduce swelling
  • Physical therapy and stretching to increase strength and flexibility
  • Wearing a cast, splint, or other devices to support your injured area

You can get relief from a sprain and your doctors can help. To learn more about the treatment of sprains and other medical services, call Dr. Joel  Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers of Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, at (813) 655-4646 now!

May 26, 2021
Category: Healthcare

Prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer in American men. Checking for prostate cancer is one of the reasons why it is extremely important that you get prostate exams done as recommended by your doctor. Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers at Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, can help you understand why it’s so important to get prostate exams and keep your body as healthy as it can be.

The Importance of Prostate Exams

The prostate is a very small gland that is located near the bladder in men. During a prostate exam, your doctor in Brandon, FL, will be on the lookout for any signs that your prostate may be enlarged or inflamed. Once your doctor is able to diagnose your prostate, they will be able to provide treatment and provide you with comfort for any issues you may be experiencing. As well as diagnosing an enlarged or inflamed prostate, your doctor will be able to identify if you’re suffering from prostate cancer and be able to hopefully start treatment as soon as possible if you are.

Once men reach the age of 50, it’s time to discuss getting a prostate exam to keep yourself healthy and to take preventative measures into your own hands. If your doctor is able to identify prostate cancer at an early stage, it’s much easier to treat since it most likely hasn’t spread to the rest of the body. When talking to your doctor about prostate exams, it’s important to discuss any risk factors you may have and decide whether it’s time to make a prostate exam part of your yearly checkup.

Contact Your Doctor Today!

It’s important to take care of your body by getting prostate exams as recommended and being on the lookout for any changes in your body that may be from an inflamed prostate. Contact Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers at Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, today at (813) 655-4646 to schedule an appointment!

May 25, 2021
Category: Healthcare
Tags: Skin Infection  

When bacteria, fungi, and viruses infect your skin and deep tissues, a skin infection results. Distinguishing between a skin infection and other skin conditions might be difficult if you don't know what to look out for. Your doctors, Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers of Biggers Family Medicine, in Brandon, FL, will tell you how to identify skin infections.

Skin Infection Signs

Various skin infections have different causes and the symptoms vary with their cause.

However, here are some skin infection signs to look out for:

  • A wound that fails to heal
  • Pimple
  • Pus or fluid leaking from an injury
  • Redness around your injury
  • Pain that only gets worse
  • Swelling that refuses to go down
  • Fever

You should hurry over to see your doctor at Biggers Family Medicine, in Brandon, FL, when you have a fever, pain that refuses to go away after a few days, and swelling that doesn't go down.

Causes of Skin Infections

Whatever breaks the surface of your skin exposes it to invasion by bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Insect sting, bites, tattoos, cuts, or piercings can open up your skin to infections.

If the area surrounding the wound doesn't get cleaned properly, these microorganisms can get into your injury causing an infection.

Skin Infection Treatment

To treat your skin infection, your doctor will need to target the causative organism.

First, your doctor will evaluate the infection site. They might request lab tests that help identify the causative organism and direct treatment.

Bacterial infections would respond to antibiotic therapy from your doctor while for viral infections, your doctor might prescribe antiviral medication.

To treat fungal infections, your doctor might prescribe antifungal creams, ointment, powders, or pills

Skin Infection Complications

You shouldn't ignore the skin infection is because it could progress to life-threatening conditions.

Skin infections like cellulitis could soon become septicemia, gangrene, lymphedema, or abscess without proper care.

If you notice an unusual rash on your skin or other signs of skin infection, you should call (813) 655-4646 to schedule your appointment with your doctors at Biggers Family Medicine, in Brandon, FL.

May 12, 2021

Could osteopathic manipulation help you feel better?

More and more people are turning to osteopathic manipulation and care to improve their health, lifestyle, and wellbeing. Osteopathic treatment provides a therapeutic, hands-on approach to care that is safe and effective for all ages. By utilizing various osteopathic manipulative techniques, we can improve the functionality and mobility of your body as a whole. Here are some of the benefits of turning to our Brandon, FL, family medicine doctors Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers for osteopathic manipulation therapy (OMT).

What is osteopathic medicine?

Instead of just treating pain or swelling in one part of the body, osteopathic medicine focuses on treating the person as a whole rather than just the symptoms. We provide treatments that are drug-free and non-invasive to help alleviate musculoskeletal pain.

We first identify the root cause of your pain, swelling, and other physical impairments. Osteopathic medicine is designed to target muscles, tendons, joints, connective tissue, and ligaments through various techniques including,

  • Myofascial release
  • Active release techniques
  • Cranial-sacral manipulation
  • Lymphatic pump
  • Dry needling

What are the benefits of osteopathic medicine?

There are many advantages to turning to our Brandon, FL, family medicine team for osteopathic care. OMT can treat a wide range of conditions including,

  • Chronic back, knee, shoulder, and neck pain
  • Sinus problems
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Digestive issues
  • Poor motor control and coordination issues
  • Menstrual pain
  • Kidney disease
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Sleep disorders

The benefits of getting regular osteopathic medicine include,

  • A safe, natural, and drug-free way to alleviate chronic pain
  • Can reduce the number and severity of your headaches and migraines
  • Can improve sleep quality
  • Can break up scar tissue
  • Can boost the body’s natural healing mechanisms
  • May speed up recovery after injury
  • May improve respiratory function
  • It can be used on patients of all ages
  • There are no side effects to treatment
  • It may provide relief when other methods haven’t

If you are interested in a family medicine practice that also provides osteopathic care, then turn to the team at Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL. To schedule your first osteopathic appointment, call us at (813) 655-4646.

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