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 specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine and practices in La Mesa, CA and San Diego, CA. He is rated highly by his patients. His areas of expertise include arthroscopic surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and sports health. Dr. Hacker's hospital/clinic affiliations include Alvarado Hospital Medical Center and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Hacker accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He attended the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. He is conversant in 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 sees patients in San Diego, CA. His medical specialties are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Myer include arthroscopic surgery, knee surgery, and hip surgery. Dr. Myer is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia and Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Myer's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Sharp HealthCare. His practice is open to new patients.

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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 orthopedic surgeon in San Diego, CA and La Mesa, CA. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Finkenberg's clinical interests include laminectomy, post-polio syndrome (PPS), and arthroscopic surgery. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Finkenberg accepts. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital, Alvarado Hospital Medical Center, and Sharp HealthCare. He 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 orthopedist. His areas of expertise consist of tendon repair, rotator cuff repair, and orthopedic surgery. Dr. Dubois has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dubois accepts. Dr. Dubois attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He welcomes new patients.

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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 practices hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in San Diego, CA, Coronado, CA, and La Mesa, CA. Dr. Ballard's average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Ballard include arthroscopic surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and knee ligament injuries. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Dr. Ballard attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Ballard speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Peter Hanson works as an orthopedic surgeon. Patient ratings for Dr. Hanson average 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include arthroscopic surgery, sports health, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Dr. Hanson honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Hanson trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Hanson has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Hanson 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. Thomas Francis Moyad, MPH, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5565 Grossmont Ctr Drive; #3-156
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Thomas Moyad is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in La Mesa, CA and San Diego, CA. Dr. Moyad's areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, orthotics, and sports health. His professional affiliations include VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, and Sharp HealthCare. He attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Moyad trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. On average, patients gave Dr. Moyad a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is accepting 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. Dean Frederick Mayer, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Dean Mayer is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mayer include osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and lupus. He is rated highly by his patients. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Mayer has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Mayer is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Jieyu Lowery specializes in family medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Mandarin. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lowery include abuse, depression, and physical disabilities. Dr. Lowery is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. After completing medical school at Shanghai Second Medical University, Dr. Lowery performed her residency at Fort Wayne Medical Education Program. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Depression, Cryosurgery, 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's specialty is family medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Leonard's clinical interests: warts, depression, and sleep apnea. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Leonard is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He has a closed panel. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and performed his residency at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, California. Dr. Leonard speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis, arthritis

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

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

Dr. Brij Gupta attended medical school at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana. He trained at Coney Island Hospital for his residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Gupta include warts, liver disease, and psoriasis. Dr. Gupta is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Gupta (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hindi and Punjabi. Dr. Gupta is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis, arthritis

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

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

Dr. Laura Hackett is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Her education and training includes medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine and residency at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, California. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hackett include warts, menopause, and sports health. Dr. Hackett accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hackett is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She is not currently accepting new patients.

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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 specializes in adult endocrinology and practices in La Mesa, CA. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include diabetes, osteoporosis, and pituitary tumor. Dr. Chu is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Chu welcomes new patients. She attended the University of Vermont College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center. Dr. Chu is conversant in Telugu.

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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 sees patients in San Diego, CA and La Mesa, CA. His medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: arthroscopic surgery, knee replacement, and arthritis. Dr. Rynning is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rynning accepts. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University, Dr. Rynning attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school.

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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 specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in San Diego, CA. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Bates's areas of expertise include the following: laminectomy, post-polio syndrome (PPS), and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. His practice is open to new patients. 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 is conversant in German.

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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 is a La Mesa, CA physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Her clinical interests include menopause, depression, and liver disease. She is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Leonard is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Leonard graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. She has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. In addition to English, she speaks Chinese. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Leonard has a closed panel.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis, arthritis

All Interests: Menopause, Depression, Cryosurgery, Headache, Eczema, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, ... (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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