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We found 4 providers with an interest in musculoskeletal problems and who accept Health Net near Victorville, CA.

Dr. Aram Nazareth Demirjian MD
Specializes in Surgical Oncology (Cancer Surgery), General Surgery
12595 Hesperia Road; Suite 101
Victorville, CA
(760) 269-3099

Dr. Aram Demirjian's areas of specialization are general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). In addition to English, Dr. Demirjian (or staff) speaks Armenian and French. His areas of expertise include gallbladder cancer, pancreatic cysts, and bile duct cancer. He is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center and Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach. Dr. Demirjian is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Demirjian has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars.

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

All Interests: Acute and chronic pancreatitis, Intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm, Pancreatic adenocarcinoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sumeet Vadera MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
12408 Hesperia Road; Suite 2
Victorville, CA

Dr. Sumeet Vadera is a specialist in neurosurgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Vadera include sciatica, spinal cord injuries, and radiculopathy (nerve root disorder). He is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center and MemorialCare Health System. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Vadera trained at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Vadera (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fracture

All Interests: Laser ablation of intracranial tumors, Minimally invasive head and neck surgery, Minimally ... (Read more)

Dr. Amer K Khalil MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
12408 Hesperia Road; Suite 2
Victorville, CA

Dr. Amer Khalil is a spine surgeon and neurosurgeon in Victorville, CA, Laguna Hills, CA, and Costa Mesa, CA. He graduated from the University of Jordan Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Khalil's clinical interests include sciatica, scoliosis, and spinal cord tumor. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Anthem are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Khalil honors. He has received distinctions including Top Gun Award - American Association of Neurological Surgeons; AMA Physician's Recognition Award; and Cleveland Clinic Academic Achievement Award. Dr. Khalil is affiliated with UC Irvine Health. Unfortunately, he is not currently accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fracture

All Interests: Brain tumors, Cervical spine surgery, Complex and revision spine surgery, Complex deformity ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
18095 US Highway 18; Suite B
Apple Valley, CA
(760) 242-8238

Dr. Stephen Chow is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Chow's practice is open to new patients. Dr. Chow studied medicine at New York Medical College. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis, fractures (broken bones)

All Interests: Arm, Elbow, Foot and Ankle, Hand and Wrist, Hip, Knee, Low Back, Neck, Shoulder, Spine, Arthritis, ... (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.