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We found 4 providers with an interest in musculoskeletal problems and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare Essential Health near Altamonte Springs, FL.

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Dr. Glenn H Osterweil DPM, LAc, MS, DiplAc(NCCAOM)
Specializes in Podiatry (Foot & Ankle Medicine), NCCAOM Board Certified Acupuncturist
851 S SR; 434 Suite 1200
Altamonte Springs, FL
(407) 322-8645; (407) 900-7259

Dr. Glenn Osterweil works as an acupuncturist and podiatrist in Orlando, FL, Clermont, FL, and Altamonte Springs, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Osterweil include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), menstrual disorders, and cancer supportive care. His residency was performed at Genessee Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal problems

All Interests: Biopuncture Pain Control, Addiction, Asthma, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Colds and Flu's, ... (Read more)

Ayesha Rafi Ahmar MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
450 West State Road 434; Suite 3010
Longwood, FL
(407) 333-3360; (407) 767-8200

Dr. Ayesha Ahmar is a family practice physician in Lake Mary, FL and Longwood, FL. Dr. Ahmar's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She attended the University of the Punjab for medical school and subsequently trained at Hahnemann University Hospital for residency. Dr. Ahmar is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis, osteoarthritis

All Interests: Conditions treated: Allergies, Anxiety, Arthritis, Asthma, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary ... (Read more)

Dr. Fuad Afzal MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
631 Palm Springs Drive; Suite 104
Altamonte Springs, FL
(407) 265-2540

Dr. Fuad Afzal is an adult nephrology specialist in Altamonte Springs, FL, Lake Mary, FL, and Apopka, FL. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending Allama Iqbal Medical College for medical school, Dr. Afzal completed his residency training at UPMC McKeesport Hospital. Dr. Afzal (or staff) speaks Urdu. Dr. Afzal is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital and Orlando Health.

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Relevant Interests: , gout

All Interests: Conditions treated: Acidosis, Acute Glomerulonephritis, Acute Kidney Failure, Amyloidosis, Calcium ... (Read more)

Ralph Gousse MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Adult Hematology
601 E. Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs, FL
(407) 303-2305; (407) 545-4888

Dr. Ralph Gousse is a hematologist and adult oncologist in Altamonte Springs, FL, Apopka, FL, and Tavares, FL. He trained at St. John's Episcopal Hospital for residency. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Gousse (or staff) speaks Spanish, French, and Haitian Creole. Dr. Gousse's professional affiliations include South Lake Hospital and Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , soft tissue sarcoma

All Interests: Conditions treated: Acute Leukemia, Adrenal Gland Cancer, Anal and Rectal ... (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.