We found 10 providers with an interest in musculoskeletal problems and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Auburn, CA.

Dr. Kevin H Higashigawa, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
11795 Education Street; Suite 110
Auburn, CA
 

Dr. Kevin Higashigawa practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Higashigawa is especially interested in orthopedic surgery. He accepts the following insurance: Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Higashigawa's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , Achilles tendon problems, ligament problems, shoulder arthritis, fractures (broken bones)

All Interests: Meniscus Repair, Carpal Tunnel Surgery, Sports Health, Hip Problems, Knee Pain, Achilles Tendon ... (Read more)

Dr. Benjamin Alexander Williams II, MD
Specializes in Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
11720 Education Street; Suite 224
Auburn, CA
 

Dr. Benjamin Williams is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Auburn, CA. On average, patients gave Dr. Williams a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Williams focuses on orthopedic surgery. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Williams speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , knee arthritis, ligament problems, fractures (broken bones), tendonitis

All Interests: Meniscus Repair, Knee Arthritis, Radial Head Replacement, Sports Health, Shoulder Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Brandon Keith Hobel, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
3288 Bell Road
Auburn, CA
 

Dr. Brandon Hobel is an Auburn, CA physician who specializes in family medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. In his practice, he is particularly interested in general care. Dr. Hobel's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). He studied medicine at Ross University School of Medicine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hobel takes. He has a closed panel.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis, bone problems

All Interests: Depression, Adolescent Issues, Men's Health Issues, Sleep Disorders, Occupational Health Issues, ... (Read more)

Dr. Dennis William Michel, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Urgent Care
11795 Education Street; Suite 110
Auburn, CA
 

Dr. Dennis Michel specializes in family medicine and urgent care. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Michel is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of St. Louis University School of Medicine and a graduate of St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix's residency program.

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Relevant Interests: , sprains, fractures (broken bones)

All Interests: Fractures, Sprains

Dr. Randall Scott Cohen, MBA, MD
Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
3288 Bell Road
Auburn, CA
 

Dr. Randall Cohen is an ear, nose and throat specialist in Auburn, CA. After attending the University of Arizona College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). Dr. Cohen has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, and Sutter Roseville Medical Center. Dr. Cohen is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , fractures (broken bones)

All Interests: Turbinate Reduction Surgery, Deviated Septum, Surfer's Ear, Fractures, Facial Problems, Endoscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Kristin Nicole Arreola, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
11795 Education Street; #232
Auburn, CA
 

Dr. Kristin Arreola practices adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology in Roseville, CA and Auburn, CA. Her areas of expertise consist of testicular cancer and blood disorders. Dr. Arreola's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, and Sutter Roseville Medical Center. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Arreola's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sarcoma (bone and soft tissue cancer)

All Interests: Gynecologic Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Sarcoma, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Leukemia, Lung Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Alan F Gruenefeldt, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
404 Auburn - Folsom Road
Auburn, CA
 

Dr. Alan Gruenefeldt specializes in family medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Gruenefeldt's clinical interests include general care. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). Dr. Gruenefeldt accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He is accepting new patients. He is a graduate of Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Gruenefeldt completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis.

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Relevant Interests: , sprains

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Sports Health, Strains, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Sprains, Skin Tag Removal, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeffrey M Bergeson, DO
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
11795 Education Street; #110
Auburn, CA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Bergeson is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of clinical interest consist of hyaluronic acid joint injections (viscosupplementation), partial knee replacement, and orthopedic surgery. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). Dr. Bergeson takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He is open to new patients. He obtained his medical school training at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at Genesys Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , knee arthritis, shoulder arthritis

All Interests: Knee Arthritis, Sports Health, Knee Pain, Shoulder Pain, Partial Knee Replacement, Musculoskeletal ... (Read more)

Dr. Raja S Tooma, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
13300 New Airport Road; Suite 100
Auburn, CA
 

Dr. Raja Tooma practices family medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Tooma (or staff) speaks Arabic. She also offers interpreting services for patients who speak Russian and Ukrainian. Her areas of expertise include general care. Dr. Tooma's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, and Sutter Independent Physicians (SIP). She is a graduate of the University of Baghdad, Baghdad College of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Southern Colorado Family Medicine. Dr. Tooma is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sprains

All Interests: Menopause, Thyroid Problems, Depression, Hypertension, Preventive Care, Weight Loss, Strains, ... (Read more)

Dr. Neil Lipscomb Wood Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
11985 Heritage Oak Place; #220
Auburn, CA
 

Dr. Neil Wood practices adult rheumatology in Auburn, CA. He has a special interest in rheumatic diseases. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wood takes. Dr. Wood graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Independent Physicians (SIP). He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis

All Interests: Polymyositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Rheumatic Diseases, Fibromyalgia, Systemic Lupus ... (Read more)

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What are Musculoskeletal Problems?

The musculoskeletal system refers collectively to the bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and nerves. It is what gives our bodies structure and allows us to move and do things. Because this system encompasses so much of the body, musculoskeletal problems are extremely varied and can happen almost anywhere. There are musculoskeletal problems that affect only the joints, those that affect the bones, those that affect tendons and ligaments, and those that can happen in any area of the body but cause pain and numbness.

Joint problems include bursitis and arthritis. Bursitis is the inflammation of a fluid-filled sac cushion on the outside of a joint, causing symptoms including pain and swelling. Arthritis is the inflammation and damage of a joint due to wear and tear or disease. There are several treatments for arthritis, but if the damage progresses far enough, joint replacement may be necessary. In joint replacement, a metal or plastic implant is surgically placed within the joint to make movement easier.

Bone problems include scoliosis, fractures, and osteoporosis. Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine, making the normally straight spine look like a “C” or “S.” It is treated with braces or surgery. Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to weaken and break easily. It’s most common in women, especially older women. Fully half of all women over 65 have osteoporosis. Fractures are any break in the bone. They can be a simple crack or a severe and complicated shatter. Osteoporosis causes fractures in people who have it, but other causes are trauma (such as a fall) or overuse.

Tendon and ligament problems most often result from injury or overuse. Two good examples are ligament tears and tendonitis. The most common ligament tear is the ACL tear in the knee. This ligament supports and stabilizes the knee and is most often torn during sports activities. Tendonitis happens when a tendon, which connects muscles and bones together, becomes irritated and inflamed. This happens most often in older patients who push their bodies too far, leading to pain and swelling. Treatment for both tendon and ligament problems usually includes rest, ice, and supporting the area to let it heal.

Pain and numbness problems can be caused by overuse, disease, an injury, or a compressed nerve. Lower back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome are two of the most common conditions patients encounter. Lower back pain may be caused by sore muscles that have been overworked, or an injury to the disks separating the vertebrae in the spine. Lower back pain usually goes away on its own within a few days, but it may require medical treatment depending on the cause. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the nerve at the base of the palm becomes trapped or pinched. Symptoms include tingling, pain, numbness, or weakness in the hand. Treatment involves rest and sometimes steroid injections.

Because the musculoskeletal system involves so much of the body, problems here can be incredibly varied in their type and severity. Some musculoskeletal problems will go away on their own or only require rest, while others may require medication, physical therapy, or even surgery.
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