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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 a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He works in Clearwater, FL. Dr. Morris's average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Morris include back pain, knee problems, and joint injections. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and performed his residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. 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, who practices in Clearwater, FL, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. His areas of expertise include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 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. Cottrell accepts. After attending the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Cottrell completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. He speaks Spanish. 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. 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. These areas are among Dr. Bansal's clinical interests: knee problems, sports health, and shoulder problems. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He obtained his medical school training at St. George's University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College. Dr. Bansal (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Bansal's office for an appointment.

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Featured Message: Tampa Bay Rowdies Team Doctor

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's medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Thompson's areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, trigger point injections, and joint injections. He is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. Before completing his residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Thompson attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. His average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 works as an orthopedic reconstructive surgeon and sports medicine specialist in Clearwater, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hughes include knee problems, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and trigger point injections. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University, Dr. Hughes attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. 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.

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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 is a foot doctor, foot and ankle surgeon, and sports medicine specialist. Patient reviews placed Dr. Rothschild at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, trigger point injections, and foot surgery. His professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rothschild honors.

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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 is a spine surgeon, alternative medicine practitioner, and orthopedist. Before completing his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center and the University Hospitals, Cleveland, Dr. Ragab attended medical school at Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, minimally invasive spine surgery, and cervical (neck) spine problems. Dr. Ragab's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ragab speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital. He welcomes 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. Gordon Howard Zuerndorfer, MD
Specializes in Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1831 N Belcher Road; Suite G-1
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Gordon Zuerndorfer sees patients in Clearwater, FL. His medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Zuerndorfer's clinical interests include knee problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, and laser surgery. He is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. 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. Dr. Zuerndorfer's education and training includes medical school at Boston University School of Medicine and residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center.

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

Dr. Richard Pigeon works as a spine surgeon and orthopedist. Dr. Pigeon obtained his medical school training at Yale School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. His areas of expertise include back pain, lumbar laminectomy, and minimally invasive spine surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Pigeon accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Pigeon (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: 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 specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Clearwater, FL and Palm Harbor, FL. On average, patients gave Dr. Hayter a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Hayter 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 surgery and neurosurgery specialist in Clearwater, FL and Tampa, FL. 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. These areas are among his clinical interests: scoliosis, brain aneurysm, and skull base surgery. Dr. Koebbe's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Koebbe is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. His professional 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. Richard Victor Abdo, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery, Foot & Ankle Surgery
1011 Jeffords Street; Suite C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Richard Abdo is a Clearwater, FL physician who specializes in adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery and foot & ankle surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Abdo average 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Abdo include trigger point injections, hand problems, and foot surgery. Dr. Abdo is affiliated with Largo Medical Center. Dr. Abdo 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 welcomes new patients. After attending SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school, he completed his residency training at Boston Medical Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Abdo include: Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, .; Promotion with Commendation, SUNY, 1979, 1980.; and Lange Medical Publications Student Award, SUNY, .. He speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Kirit Patel specializes in anesthesiology and geriatrics (elderly care) and practices in Largo, FL. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center. Dr. Patel attended Medical College Baroda and then went on to complete his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis

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Dr. Michael Robert Piazza, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1011 Jeffords Street; Suite C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Piazza is a spine surgeon and orthopedist in Clearwater, FL. Dr. Piazza's areas of expertise include trigger point injections, lumbar laminectomy, and cervical (neck) spine problems. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center. He attended medical school at Penn State College of Medicine. He trained at Jefferson University Hospitals for residency. Patients gave Dr. Piazza an average rating of 3.0 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.

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Relevant Interests: , joint pain, osteoporosis, arthritis, shoulder fracture, musculoskeletal problems, ACL injury

All Interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Shoulder Fracture, Artificial Disc Replacement, ACL Injury, Knee Pain, Elbow ... (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. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Donnelly's areas of expertise consist of back pain, minimally invasive spine surgery, and spine problems. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Donnelly is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Mayo Clinic for residency. Dr. Donnelly (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, and Portuguese.

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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. David Cheong, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 301
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. David Cheong is a physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Cheong's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cheong include cancer and musculoskeletal problems. He is professionally affiliated with All Children's Hospital, Orlando Health, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Cheong attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. His residency was performed at Orlando Regional Medical Center. Dr. Cheong speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal problems

All Interests: Hip Problems, Knee Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems, Cancer

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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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