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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 medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Hacker is rated highly by his patients. His areas of expertise include arthroscopic surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and sports health. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Hacker is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Dr. Hacker trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington for residency. He has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. In addition to English, he 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 a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. His clinical interests include arthroscopic surgery, knee surgery, and hip surgery. Dr. Myer is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia and Montefiore Medical Center for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Myer welcomes 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 practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: laminectomy, post-polio syndrome (PPS), and arthroscopic surgery. Dr. Finkenberg's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital, Alvarado Hospital Medical Center, and Sharp HealthCare. His education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Finkenberg accepts. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Dubois's areas of expertise include the following: tendon repair, rotator cuff repair, and shoulder replacement. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. 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 speaks 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. Dean Frederick Mayer, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Dean Mayer works as an adult rheumatologist. After attending the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine, Dr. Mayer completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His clinical interests include osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and lupus. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Mayer is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hanson include arthroscopic surgery, sports health, and carpal tunnel syndrome. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis, Dr. Hanson attended the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He welcomes 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 specializes in family medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: abuse, cryotherapy, and depression. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lowery obtained her medical school training at Shanghai Second Medical University and performed her residency at Fort Wayne Medical Education Program. She is conversant in Mandarin. Dr. Lowery is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Her practice is open to 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 and practices in La Mesa, CA. These areas are among Dr. Leonard's clinical interests: warts, cryotherapy, and depression. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Leonard completed a residency program at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, California. In addition to English, Dr. Leonard speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Leonard is closed to new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis, arthritis

All Interests: Warts, Cryosurgery, Depression, Eczema, Neck Pain, Colitis, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, ... (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, who practices in Coronado, CA, San Diego, CA, and La Mesa, CA, is a medical specialist in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Ballard average 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Ballard include arthroscopic surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and knee ligament injuries. Dr. Ballard is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She speaks Spanish. Dr. Ballard is professionally 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. Thomas Francis Moyad, MPH, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5565 Grossmont Ctr Drive; #3-156
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Thomas Moyad is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in La Mesa, CA and San Diego, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Moyad include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, orthotics, and sports health. Dr. Moyad is professionally affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, and Sharp HealthCare. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, Dr. Moyad attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Moyad average 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. His practice is open to 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's specialty is family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hackett include warts, menopause, and sports health. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Hackett attended Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, California for residency. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Hackett 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's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Chu include diabetes, osteoporosis, and pituitary tumor. Patient reviews placed Dr. Chu at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Dr. Chu trained at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center for residency. She is conversant in Telugu. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She is accepting 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 practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in San Diego, CA and La Mesa, CA. Dr. Rynning's clinical interests include arthroscopic surgery, knee replacement, and arthritis. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rynning accepts. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University, Dr. Rynning attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Rynning's office for an appointment.

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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 a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: laminectomy, post-polio syndrome (PPS), and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bates accepts. He studied medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Bates is conversant in German. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Bates has an open panel.

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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 physician who specializes in general internal medicine. She is conversant in Chinese. Clinical interests for Dr. Leonard include menopause, cryotherapy, and depression. Dr. Leonard is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She attended medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Leonard is 3.5 stars out of 5. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. Unfortunately, she is not currently accepting new patients.

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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
 

Areas of expertise for Dr. Brij Gupta include warts, cryotherapy, and liver disease. Dr. Gupta is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He has an open panel. After attending Christian Medical College, Ludhiana for medical school, Dr. Gupta completed his residency training at Coney Island Hospital. Dr. Gupta (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hindi and Punjabi.

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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.