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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
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.

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.

November 19, 2020

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.

Stay well

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.

October 07, 2020
Tags: Annual Checkups  

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.

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