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We found 8 providers with an interest in musculoskeletal problems and who accept Aetna Open Access Elect Choice near Santa Rosa, CA.

Dr. Gary M Nichols, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2455 Summerfield Road
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Gary Nichols is a Santa Rosa, CA physician who specializes in general internal medicine. He attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. Dr. Nichols's clinical interests include general care. Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nichols accepts. Dr. Nichols is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , bone problems

All Interests: Bone Problems, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Women's Health Issues, General Care, Asthma, Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas J Honrath, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
4700 Hoen Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Thomas Honrath is a physician who specializes in family medicine. In his practice, Dr. Honrath focuses on general care. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). Dr. Honrath attended medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Honrath completed a residency program at Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Honrath welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Depression, Adolescent Issues, Sports Health, Men's Health Issues, Circumcision, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert P Heckey, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine
4700 Hoen Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Robert Heckey sees patients in Santa Rosa, CA. His medical specialties are general practice and family medicine. He has indicated that his clinical interests include general care. He accepts Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Heckey attended medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Depression, Men's Health Issues, Migraine, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Arthritis, Attention Deficit ... (Read more)

Dr. Jesse R Rael, MD
Specializes in Neuroradiology, Diagnostic Radiology
3883 Airway Drive; Suite 100
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Jesse Rael is a medical specialist in neuroradiology and diagnostic radiology. He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Dr. Rael's clinical interests include imaging procedures. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR).

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal problems

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Dr. Lisa Brandabur Kremer, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
4725 Hoen Avenue; Suite A
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Lisa Kremer works as an adult rheumatologist in Santa Rosa, CA. Dr. Kremer's average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include rheumatic diseases. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice. She attended the University of Minnesota Medical School and subsequently trained at Hennepin County Medical Center for residency. Dr. Kremer is conversant in French. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriatic arthritis, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, gout

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Scleroderma, Fibromyalgia, Gout, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark James Popovich, MD
Specializes in Diagnostic Radiology, Nuclear Radiology
121 Sotoyome Street
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Mark Popovich works as a diagnostic radiologist and nuclear radiologist in Santa Rosa, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Popovich include imaging procedures. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Popovich graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. He trained at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center for residency. Dr. Popovich's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR).

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal problems

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Dr. Todd Jay Hofeling, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
4725a Hoen Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Todd Hofeling's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. His areas of expertise include rheumatic diseases. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). Dr. Hofeling honors Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Hofeling's education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arizona.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriatic arthritis, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, gout

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Scleroderma, Fibromyalgia, Gout, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis, ... (Read more)

Steven Park Kim
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
4761 Hoen Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA
 

Dr. Steven Kim specializes in podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Kim's residency was performed at Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Kim speaks Korean. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , stress fractures, tendon ruptures (tears), arthritis, achilles tendonitis, fractures (broken bones)

All Interests: Warts, Sports Health, Athlete's Foot, Foot Surgery, Ingrown Nails, Fractures, Neuropathy, Diabetic ... (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.