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Dr. George Alan Morris III, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
1011 Jeffords Street; Suite C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. George Morris is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine specialist. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: back pain, knee problems, and joint injections. Dr. Morris is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before completing his residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Dr. Morris attended medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis, arthritis, musculoskeletal problems, musculoskeletal (orthopedic) trauma, fractures (broken bones), ACL injury

All Interests: Sports Health, Auto Injuries, ACL Injury, Foot Surgery, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Elbow ... (Read more)

Dr. William Charles Cottrell, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 301
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. William Cottrell's specialties are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Cottrell include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cottrell accepts. He is open to new patients. After attending the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. Dr. Cottrell speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis, musculoskeletal problems, fractures (broken bones)

All Interests: Sports Health, Auto Injuries, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee ... (Read more)

Dr. Bansal
Specializes in Pediatric Sports Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1988 Gulf To Bay Boulevard
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Mohit Bansal practices pediatric sports medicine, complementary and alternative medicine, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College, Dr. Bansal attended St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Bansal has indicated that his clinical interests include sports health and shoulder problems. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Bansal (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital. Dr. Bansal's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal problems, fractures (broken bones)

All Interests: Sports Health, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Musculoskeletal ... (Read more)

Dr. David Paul Thompson, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 301
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. David Thompson is an orthopedist and sports medicine specialist. Dr. Thompson attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Mayo Clinic. His clinical interests include knee problems, trigger point injections, and joint injections. The average patient rating for Dr. Thompson is 2.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Thompson honors. He is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal problems

All Interests: Sports Health, Shoulder Problems, Knee Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems, Ankle Problems, Trigger ... (Read more)

Dr. Willard Allen Hughes II, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery, Sports Medicine
1011 Jeffords Street; Suite C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Willard Hughes is a specialist in adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery and sports medicine. Patients gave Dr. Hughes an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include knee problems, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and trigger point injections. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University, Dr. Hughes attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis, musculoskeletal problems

All Interests: Sports Health, Shoulder Problems, Knee Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems, Arthritis, Trigger Point ... (Read more)

Allan Warren Rothschild
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery, Sports Medicine
1022 Main Street; Suite L
Dunedin, FL
 

Dr. Allan Rothschild's areas of specialization are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine), foot & ankle surgery, and sports medicine; he sees patients in Dunedin, FL. His areas of expertise include diabetes, trigger point injections, and foot surgery. Dr. Rothschild has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. Dr. Rothschild's hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , fractures (broken bones)

All Interests: Foot Surgery, Fractures, Laser Surgery, Ankle Problems, Diabetes, Trigger Point Injections, Joint ... (Read more)

Dr. Ragab
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1988 Gulf To Bay Boulevard
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ashraf Ragab's areas of specialization are spine surgery, complementary and alternative medicine, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Ragab include back pain, minimally invasive spine surgery, and cervical (neck) spine problems. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Ragab's education and training includes medical school at Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine and residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center and the University Hospitals, Cleveland. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Featured Message: Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal problems

All Interests: Spinal Procedures, Scoliosis, Lower Back Problems, Laminectomy, Cervical Spine Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. David Richmond Whiddon, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 301
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. David Whiddon is an orthopedic reconstructive surgeon. His education and training includes medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and the University of Virginia School of Medicine and residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. Dr. Whiddon's clinical interests include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis, musculoskeletal problems

All Interests: Sports Health, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Musculoskeletal Problems, Arthritis, Hip ... (Read more)

Dr. Gordon H Zuerndorfer, MD
Specializes in Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1831 N Belcher Road; Suite G-1
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Gordon Zuerndorfer practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Zuerndorfer's areas of expertise include knee problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, and laser surgery. His professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at Boston University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zuerndorfer honors.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, arthritis, bone problems, musculoskeletal problems, sprains, fractures (broken bones), joint problems, gout

All Interests: Auto Injuries, Foot Surgery, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Implant Surgery, Shoulder Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard Victor Abdo, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery, Foot & Ankle Surgery
1011 Jeffords Street; Suite C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Richard Abdo works as an orthopedic reconstructive surgeon and foot and ankle surgeon in Clearwater, FL. He is a graduate of SUNY Upstate Medical University and a graduate of Boston Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Abdo's areas of expertise include trigger point injections, hand problems, and foot surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Abdo is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He has received the following distinctions: Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society; Promotion with Commendation, SUNY; and Lange Medical Publications Student Award, SUNY. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Abdo is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis, musculoskeletal problems, fractures (broken bones), foot fracture

All Interests: Sports Health, Foot Surgery, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Total Knee Replacement, ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard George Pigeon, PhD, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 301
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Richard Pigeon's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Pigeon attended Yale School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. His clinical interests include back pain, lumbar laminectomy, and minimally invasive spine surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Pigeon (or staff) speaks Spanish and French.

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal problems

All Interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Spinal Procedures, Lower Back Problems, Cervical Spine Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ronald Gary Hayter, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1660 Gulf To Bay Boulevard
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ronald Hayter works as an orthopedist in Clearwater, FL and Palm Harbor, FL. Dr. Hayter has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Hayter trained at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Georgia for his residency. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis, tendonitis

All Interests: Shoulder Problems, Knee Problems, Hip Resurfacing, Tendonitis, Hip Arthroscopy, Shoulder ... (Read more)

Dr. Christopher James Koebbe, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
2250 Drew Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Christopher Koebbe is a spine surgeon and neurosurgeon. His areas of expertise include the following: brain aneurysm, skull base surgery, and craniectomy. The average patient rating for Dr. Koebbe is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Koebbe accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Dr. Koebbe attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for medical school. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis, spinal fracture, fractures (broken bones), compression fractures

All Interests: Lamina Procedures, Neuroendoscopy, Spine Reconstruction, Radiculopathy, Scoliosis, Compression ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Eugene Donnelly, PhD, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1660 Gulf To Bay Boulevard
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Robert Donnelly is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Donnelly is especially interested in back pain, minimally invasive spine surgery, and spine problems. The average patient rating for Dr. Donnelly is 2.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Donnelly (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Vietnamese, and Portuguese. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , shoulder tendonitis, bursitis, osteoarthritis, musculoskeletal problems

All Interests: Bursitis, Spinal Procedures, Back Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems, Hip Resurfacing, Spine ... (Read more)

Dr. Kirti Kumar Patel, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
1258 West Bay Drive; Suite A
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Kirit Patel's specialties are anesthesiology and geriatrics (elderly care). He practices in Largo, FL. Dr. Patel honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Medical College Baroda. For his residency, Dr. Patel trained at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Patel (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis

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Dr. Scott Marshall Wisotsky, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 301
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Scott Wisotsky is a physician who specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Health Care for residency. In his practice, Dr. Wisotsky focuses on hand problems, shoulder problems, and elbow problems. Dr. Wisotsky accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis, musculoskeletal problems, fractures (broken bones)

All Interests: Microsurgery, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, ... (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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