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

Dr. William Cottrell, who practices in Clearwater, FL and Largo, FL, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Cottrell's clinical interests include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). His professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Bardmoor Surgery Center, and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Cottrell obtained his medical school training at the University of Florida College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. The average patient rating for Dr. Cottrell is 3.5 stars out of 5. He 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. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. George Morris is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. After completing medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Dr. Morris's clinical interests include back pain, knee problems, and foot problems. His average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Morris is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, BayCare Physician Partners, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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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, Lower ... (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 works as an alternative medicine practitioner, orthopedic surgeon, and pediatric sports medicine specialist. These areas are among his clinical interests: sports health and shoulder problems. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bansal attended St. George's University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College for residency. Dr. Bansal (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Hindi. Dr. Bansal's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and Mease Countryside Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal problems

All Interests: Sports Health, Shoulder Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems, Upper Extremity Problems

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

Dr. David Braun works as an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist. His clinical interests include knee problems, total elbow replacement, and pain. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Braun accepts. His education and training includes medical school at Temple University School of Medicine and residency at Allegheny General Hospital. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Physician Partners.

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

All Interests: Total Elbow Replacement, Sports Health, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Total ... (Read more)

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

Dr. David Thompson's specialties are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He practices in Clearwater, FL and Safety Harbor, FL. These areas are among Dr. Thompson's clinical interests: knee problems, trigger point injections, and joint injections. His average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Mayo Clinic. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity), and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal problems

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

Dr. Willard Hughes, who practices in Clearwater, FL, is a medical specialist in adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery and sports medicine. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Hughes's clinical interests include knee problems, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and trigger point injections. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, BayCare Physician Partners, and Morton Plant Hospital. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Hughes attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Hughes trained at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis, musculoskeletal problems

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

Dr. Allan Rothschild's specialties are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine), foot & ankle surgery, and sports medicine. His clinical interests include diabetes, trigger point injections, and foot surgery. Dr. Rothschild's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin 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 specialties are spine surgery, complementary and alternative medicine, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He practices in Clearwater, FL. Patient ratings for Dr. Ragab average 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include back pain, minimally invasive spine surgery, and cervical (neck) spine problems. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ragab graduated from Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. In addition to English, Dr. Ragab (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, Bardmoor Surgery Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Ragab's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal problems

All Interests: Spinal Procedures, Lower Back Problems, Cervical Spine Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems, Spine ... (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, who practices in Clearwater, FL, is a medical specialist in adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery and foot & ankle surgery. Dr. Abdo's areas of expertise include the following: trigger point injections, hand problems, and foot surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Abdo average 3.5 stars out of 5. 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. Dr. Abdo's education and training includes medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University and residency at Boston Medical Center. He has received distinctions including Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society; Promotion with Commendation, SUNY; and Lange Medical Publications Student Award, SUNY. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Abdo's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal problems, foot fracture

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

Dr. Richard Pigeon is a spine surgeon and orthopedist. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Pigeon's areas of expertise include back pain, lumbar laminectomy, and minimally invasive spine surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners and Morton Plant Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Pigeon performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. In addition to English, 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. Gordon H Zuerndorfer, MD
Specializes in Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1831 N Belcher Road; Suite G-1
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Gordon Zuerndorfer is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Clearwater, FL. He graduated from Boston University School of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Zuerndorfer's clinical interests include knee problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, and laser surgery. Dr. Zuerndorfer is rated highly by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zuerndorfer takes. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , bone tumor, 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. Michael Robert Piazza, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1011 Jeffords Street; Suite C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Piazza's specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He practices in Clearwater, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Piazza include knee problems, scoliosis, and knee replacement. Patient ratings for Dr. Piazza average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Piazza is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Penn State College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Piazza is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, BayCare Physician Partners, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fracture, musculoskeletal problems, fractures (broken bones), joint problems

All Interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Spinal Procedures, Scoliosis, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Back 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 specializes in adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery and practices in Clearwater, FL, Trinity, FL, and Safety Harbor, FL. He has a special interest in knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). Dr. Whiddon is in-network for 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 Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and the University of Virginia School of Medicine and a graduate of Naval Medical Center Portsmouth's residency program. He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity), and 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. Adam Michael Rosen, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
612 Druid Road E
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Adam Rosen is a Clearwater, FL physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Dr. Rosen speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Rosen include back pain, trigger point injections, and fibromyalgia. He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then he performed his residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Patient ratings for Dr. Rosen average 3.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rosen honors.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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

Dr. Robert Donnelly specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patients gave Dr. Donnelly an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include hip replacement, back pain, and knee replacement. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Donnelly attended Weill Cornell Medical College and the University of California and then went on to complete his residency at Mayo Clinic. In addition to English, Dr. Donnelly (or staff) speaks Spanish, Vietnamese, and Portuguese.

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal problems

All Interests: Spinal Procedures, Back Problems, Knee Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems, Surgical Procedures, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael L Rothberg, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 301
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Rothberg specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Clearwater, FL, Largo, FL, and New Port Richey, FL. Dr. Rothberg's areas of expertise include back pain, trigger point injections, and hand problems. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine, Dr. Rothberg completed his residency training at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal problems

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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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