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We found 33 providers with an interest in musculoskeletal problems and who accept HealthSmart near La Mesa, CA.

Dr. Scott Alan Hacker, MD
Specializes in Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
5565 Grossmont Center Drive; Suite 3-256
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Scott Hacker is a physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include arthroscopic surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and sports health. Dr. Hacker is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hacker takes. He welcomes new patients. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington, Dr. Hacker attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Hacker speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , bursitis, arthritis, knee ligament injuries, musculoskeletal problems, sprains, fractures (broken bones), ACL injury

All Interests: Sports Health, ACL Injury, Knee Pain, Bursitis, Partial Knee Replacement, MAKOplasty, Fractures, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jonathan J Myer, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
6719 Alvarado Road; Suite 200
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Jonathan Myer is an orthopedist and sports medicine specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Myer include arthroscopic surgery, knee surgery, and hip surgery. Dr. Myer's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Sharp HealthCare. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Myer obtained his medical school training at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and performed his residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia and Montefiore Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , bursitis, knee ligament injuries, arthritis, sprains, fractures (broken bones), ACL injury

All Interests: Sports Health, Knee Ligament Injuries, ACL Injury, Hip Problems, Knee Pain, Bursitis, Tendon ... (Read more)

Dr. John Glenn Finkenberg, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
8860 Center Drive; #350
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. John Finkenberg is a spine surgeon and orthopedist in San Diego, CA and La Mesa, CA. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: laminectomy, post-polio syndrome (PPS), and arthroscopic surgery. Dr. Finkenberg takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital, Alvarado Hospital Medical Center, and Sharp HealthCare. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis, bursitis, osteomyelitis, arthritis, knee ligament injuries, musculoskeletal problems, sprains, fractures (broken bones)

All Interests: Post-Polio Syndrome, Kyphoplasty, Sports Health, Knee Pain, Sacroiliac Joint Injection, Bursitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Benjamin Dubois, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5565 Grossmont Center Drive; Building 3 Suite 256
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Ben Dubois is an orthopedic surgeon. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Dubois include tendon repair, rotator cuff repair, and shoulder replacement. Dr. Dubois's professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Dubois accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He studied medicine at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Dubois is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis, arthritis, fractures (broken bones)

All Interests: Sports Health, Shoulder Arthroplasty, Osteoporosis, Tendon Repair, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Brooke Laura Ballard, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
8860 Center Drive; Suite 350
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Brooke Ballard works as a hand surgeon and orthopedist in Coronado, CA, San Diego, CA, and La Mesa, CA. She speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ballard include arthroscopic surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and knee ligament injuries. Dr. Ballard is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. She graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ballard is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis, knee ligament injuries, sprains, fractures (broken bones)

All Interests: Sports Health, Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, Occupational Therapy Treatment, Physical Therapy ... (Read more)

Dr. Dean Frederick Mayer, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Dean Mayer is an adult rheumatology specialist. These areas are among his clinical interests: osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and lupus. Dr. Mayer is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Mayer attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Dr. Mayer's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriatic arthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Myositis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Ankylosing ... (Read more)

Dr. Peter Bagley Hanson, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5565 Grossmont Center Drive; Suite 3-256
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Peter Hanson's area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Hanson include arthroscopic surgery, sports health, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Dr. Hanson's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Hanson is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis, knee ligament injuries, musculoskeletal problems, sprains, fractures (broken bones), ACL injury

All Interests: Sports Health, ACL Injury, Knee Pain, Sacroiliac Joint Injection, Partial Knee Replacement, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jieyu Lowery, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Jieyu Lowery's area of specialization is family medicine. She speaks Mandarin. Dr. Lowery's clinical interests include abuse, cryotherapy, and depression. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Lowery's education and training includes medical school at Shanghai Second Medical University and residency at Fort Wayne Medical Education Program. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Depression, Sports Health, Headache, Nutrition Issues, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph Francis Leonard, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5525 Grossmont Center Drive; Suite 200
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Joseph Leonard specializes in family medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Leonard's areas of expertise include warts, cryotherapy, and depression. He is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Leonard takes. Unfortunately, he is not currently accepting new patients. After attending the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, Dr. Leonard completed his residency training at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, California. Dr. Leonard is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis, arthritis

All Interests: Warts, Cryosurgery, Depression, Eczema, Neck Pain, Colitis, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas Francis Moyad, MPH, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5565 Grossmont Ctr Drive; #3-156
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Thomas Moyad works as an orthopedist. Dr. Moyad attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. His clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, orthotics, and sports health. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Moyad is affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, and Sharp HealthCare. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis, bursitis, knee ligament injuries, arthritis, sprains, fractures (broken bones), ACL injury

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Orthotics, Sports Health, Knee Ligament Injuries, ACL ... (Read more)

Dr. Laura A Hackett, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Laura Hackett is a family medicine practitioner. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Hackett's clinical interests: warts, menopause, and sports health. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She graduated from Ohio State University College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, California. Dr. Hackett is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis

All Interests: Warts, Menopause, Depression, Sports Health, Headache, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Neelima Vemuganti Chu, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Neelima Chu sees patients in La Mesa, CA. Her medical specialty is adult endocrinology. In addition to English, Dr. Chu speaks Telugu. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, osteoporosis, and pituitary tumor. She is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Dr. Chu trained at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center for her residency. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Chu accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Thyroid Cancer, Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Pituitary Tumor

Dr. Ralph Erik Rynning, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
8860 Center Drive; Suite 350
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Ralph Rynning, who practices in San Diego, CA and La Mesa, CA, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is especially interested in arthroscopic surgery, knee replacement, and arthritis. Dr. Rynning is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. After attending Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rynning takes. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Shoulder Replacement, Arthroscopic Surgery, Arthroplasty, Arthritis, Total Joint Replacement, Knee ... (Read more)

Dr. James Eric Bates, MD
Specializes in Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5555 Reservoir Drive; Suite 104
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. James Bates is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. Dr. Bates's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Bates include laminectomy, post-polio syndrome (PPS), and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. After attending the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Bates completed his residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. He speaks German. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Bates is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis, bursitis, osteomyelitis, arthritis, knee ligament injuries, musculoskeletal problems, sprains, fractures (broken bones), ACL injury

All Interests: Post-Polio Syndrome, Sports Health, ACL Injury, Knee Pain, Sacroiliac Joint Injection, Neck Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Eva Pei-Srbich Leonard, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5525 Grossmont Center Drive; Suite 200
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Eva Leonard's specialty is general internal medicine. Her average rating from her patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include menopause, cryotherapy, and depression. Dr. Leonard is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Leonard is not accepting new patients at this time. She studied medicine at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. She has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Leonard speaks Chinese.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis, arthritis

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Depression, Eczema, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Brij Gupta, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine
10158 Buena Vista Avenue
Santee, CA
 

Dr. Brij Gupta (or staff) is conversant in Hindi and Punjabi. Clinical interests for Dr. Gupta include warts, cryotherapy, and liver disease. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is a graduate of Christian Medical College, Ludhiana and a graduate of Coney Island Hospital's residency program. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Gupta's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis, arthritis

All Interests: Warts, Alcohol Abuse, Cryosurgery, Depression, Eczema, Eating Disorders, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ... (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.