We found 15 providers with an interest in musculoskeletal problems and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida MyBlue near Odessa, FL.

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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 specializes in orthopedic trauma, adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery, and sports medicine and practices in Lutz, FL and Tampa, FL. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Chan include knee problems, radial keratotomy, and ganglion cyst. Dr. Chan's professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, BayCare Medical Group, and St. Joseph's Hospital - South. 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. Chan attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Jennifer Swaringen specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine and practices in Trinity, FL and New Port Richey, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Swaringen include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and joint injections. Dr. Swaringen is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital. She graduated from Emory University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Patients gave Dr. Swaringen an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. 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: , musculoskeletal problems

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

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

Dr. Eaton Yen practices physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. Dr. Yen is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Yen include pain management. He is professionally affiliated with James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Yen attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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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. M. Maclaren specializes in orthopedic trauma, pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and hand surgery and practices in Odessa, FL and Tampa, FL. Dr. Maclaren's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Maclaren include sports health. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Tulsa Regional Medical Center. Dr. Maclaren is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally 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. David Richmond Whiddon, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
2044 Trinity Oaks Boulevard; Suite 110
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. David Whiddon practices adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery in Clearwater, FL, Trinity, FL, and Safety Harbor, FL. Dr. Whiddon has a special interest in knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). He is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and the University of Virginia School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Whiddon accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis, musculoskeletal problems

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

Dr. Victor Morales Morales, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2040 Short Avenue
Odessa, FL
 

Dr. Victor Hayes practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Odessa, FL and Tampa, FL. He is a graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College and a graduate of Long Island Jewish Medical Center's residency program. Clinical interests for Dr. Hayes include back pain, minimally invasive spine surgery, and spine problems. Dr. Hayes has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital - North.

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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's area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient reviews placed Dr. Candelora at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After completing medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University.

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

Dr. Stephen Hanff's specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Hanff's professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center, Dr. Hanff attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. 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.

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

Dr. Jennifer Cook practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Cook 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. She graduated from Harvard Medical School. For her professional training, Dr. Cook completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Dr. Cook is professionally affiliated with BayCare Health System.

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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. Bharat M Desai, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
8140 Picton Way; Suite 102
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Bharat Desai is an adult pulmonology specialist. Dr. Desai has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Desai's clinical interests include sinusitis (sinus infection), hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Dr. Desai is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Desai attended Medical College Baroda and then went on to complete Dr. Desai's residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Dr. Desai is affiliated with BayCare Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis, arthritis

All Interests: Immunization, Bronchoscopy, Hypertension, Lung Problems, Diabetes, Excision of Skin Lesion, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2165 Little Road
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Aaron Mates' medical specialty is foot & ankle surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. 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. After attending the University of South Alabama College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. Dr. Mates is affiliated with BayCare Health System.

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

All Interests: Ankle Fusion, Plantar Fasciitis, Bunion Surgery, Fractures, Ligament Problems, Ankle Problems, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Talal Faris' specialty is adult endocrinology. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Faris include diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. He takes 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 Damascus Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx. Dr. Faris (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and Spanish. He is affiliated with BayCare Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis

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

Dr. James Patrick Donovan, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2165 Little Road
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. James Donovan, who practices in New Port Richey, FL and Trinity, FL, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Donovan graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at McLaren Regional Medical Center. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , bursitis, rheumatoid arthritis, tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), elbow fracture, hand fracture, tendon injury

All Interests: Elbow Fracture, Hand Fracture, Bursitis, Wrist Surgery, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Total Knee ... (Read more)

Dr. Nilesh Bharat Desai, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8140 Picton Way; Suite 102
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Nilesh Desai practices general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Desai include diabetes, sinusitis (sinus infection), and osteoporosis. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. After attending the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Desai is conversant in Gujarati. He is affiliated with BayCare Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis, arthritis

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Osteoporosis, Hypertension, Pneumonia, Diabetes, Arthritis, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Dennis Jones is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Jones include hip replacement, knee problems, and knee replacement. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and BayCare Medical Group. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Jones accepts. Dr. Jones attended medical school at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Brooke Army Medical Center.

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

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