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We found 23 providers with an interest in musculoskeletal problems and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions near Odessa, FL.

Dr. Jennifer Cherise Swaringen, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
2044 Trinity Oaks Boulevard; Suite 110
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Jennifer Swaringen is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine specialist. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Her areas of expertise include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and joint injections. Dr. Swaringen takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She graduated from Emory University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Dr. Swaringen is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal problems

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

Dr. John Chi-Ching Chan, MD
Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma, Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery, Sports Medicine
4211 Vandyke Road; Suite 200
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. John Chan's specialties are orthopedic trauma, adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery, and sports medicine. He practices in Lutz, FL and Tampa, FL. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Clinical interests for Dr. Chan include knee problems, radial keratotomy, and hip problems. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Chan takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, BayCare Medical Group, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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

All Interests: Radial Keratotomy, Sports Health, Elbow Problems, Implant Surgery, Shoulder Problems, Bone ... (Read more)

Dr. Eaton I-Kun Yen, DO
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
18907 Blake Road
Odessa, FL
 

Dr. Eaton Yen is a physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine specialist. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Yen include pain management. He is affiliated with James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University.

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal problems

All Interests: Neck Pain, Musculoskeletal Problems, Back Pain, Headache, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Malcolm Christopher Maclaren, DO
Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma, Hand Surgery, Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery, Foot & Ankle Surgery, Sports Medicine
18133 Patterson Road
Odessa, FL
 

Dr. Malcolm Maclaren is a medical specialist in orthopedic trauma, pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and hand surgery. In his practice, Dr. Maclaren focuses on sports health. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Maclaren is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Maclaren attended Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Tulsa Regional Medical Center for residency. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal problems

All Interests: Sports Health, Hip Problems, Knee Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems

Dr. Richard George Pigeon, PhD, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2044 Trinity Oaks Boulevard; Suite 110
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Richard Pigeon's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery; he sees patients in Clearwater, FL and Trinity, FL. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Pigeon's areas of expertise include the following: back pain, lumbar laminectomy, and minimally invasive spine surgery. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Yale School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. 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. Victor Morales Morales, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2040 Short Avenue
Odessa, FL
 

Dr. Victor Hayes is a specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Odessa, FL. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Hayes has indicated that his clinical interests include back pain, minimally invasive spine surgery, and spine problems. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Dr. Hayes attended Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school.

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal problems

All Interests: Neck Pain, Spinal Procedures, Scoliosis, Back Problems, Laser Treatment, Musculoskeletal Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Peter David Candelora, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5145 Deer Park Drive
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Peter Candelora is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in New Port Richey, FL. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University, Dr. Candelora attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Candelora is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , ankle sprain, osteoarthritis, ankle fracture

All Interests: Ankle Sprain, Sports Health, Ankle Fracture, Elbow Arthroscopy, Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement, ... (Read more)

Dr. Dennis Edward Jones, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4211 Van Dyke Road; Suite 200
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. Dennis Jones' medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He attended the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Brooke Army Medical Center for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Jones include hip replacement, knee problems, and knee replacement. Dr. Jones accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Jones is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, BayCare Medical Group, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal problems

All Interests: Sports Health, Wrist Problems, Shoulder Problems, Knee Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems, Hip ... (Read more)

Dr. Pritesh Nandu Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
1838 Healthcare Drive; Building 2 Unit 2
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Pritesh Patel specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi. Dr. Patel is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. He studied medicine at Ross University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Patel trained at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. He is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes 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 distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, ... (Read more)

Dr. Samantha Sue Lindsay, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
16541 Pointe Village Drive; Suite 207
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. Samantha Lindsay's specialty is family medicine. Dr. Lindsay attended medical school at Ross University School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. She 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: , bursitis, arthritis

All Interests: Warts, Cryosurgery, Adolescent Gynecology, Adolescent Issues, Bursitis, Family Planning, Burns, ... (Read more)

Dr. Usha Agarwal, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
3543 Little Road; Suite B
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Usha Agarwal is a physician who specializes in adult infectious disease. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, herpes, and tropical diseases. Her average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Agarwal takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Harlem Hospital Center for residency. Dr. Agarwal (or staff) is conversant in Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis

All Interests: Herpes, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Diabetes, Sexual ... (Read more)

Dr. Stephen Anthony Hanff, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2165 Little Road
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Stephen Hanff's area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Hanff's professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , fractures (broken bones)

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

Dr. Jayadeva Chowdappa, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
3535 Little Road
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Jayadeva Chowdappa sees patients in Trinity, FL and New Port Richey, FL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Chowdappa honors 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 Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and Bangalore University and then he performed his residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. He is affiliated with Apollo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis

All Interests: Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Liver Disease, Obesity, Nerve ... (Read more)

Dr. Juan Jose Rivera, MD
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
2039 Little Road; Suite A
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Juan Rivera is a physician who specializes in podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Rivera is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Relevant Interests: , achilles tendon problems, sprains, ankle fracture

All Interests: Warts, Ankle Fracture, Calluses, Sprains, Corns, Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendon Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jennifer Lynne Cook, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2165 Little Road
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Jennifer Cook practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Trinity, FL and New Port Richey, FL. She obtained her medical school training at Harvard Medical School and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Dr. Cook 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: , fractures (broken bones)

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

Dr. Talal Faris, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1815 A Healthcare Drive; Building 5
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Talal Faris sees patients in Hudson, FL and Trinity, FL. His medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Faris include diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. Patient reviews placed Dr. Faris at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is a graduate of the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Faris completed his residency training at St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx. Dr. Faris (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis

All Interests: Diabetes, Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Endocrine Diseases

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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.