We found 14 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. 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 in Trinity, FL and New Port Richey, FL. The average patient rating for Dr. Swaringen is 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Swaringen include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and joint injections. Dr. Swaringen 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 her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, Dr. Swaringen attended medical school at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Swaringen is professionally 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 practices orthopedic trauma, adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery, and sports medicine in Lutz, FL and Tampa, FL. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Chan's clinical interests include knee problems, radial keratotomy, and ganglion cyst. He takes 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 Texas Southwestern Medical School. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). In addition to English, Dr. Chan speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with 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 sees patients in Trinity, FL, Odessa, FL, and Tampa, FL. His medical specialties are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. He is especially interested in pain management. He is professionally affiliated with James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). Dr. Yen attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Yen's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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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 works as an orthopedic traumatologist, pediatric orthopedist, and hand surgeon. He is conversant in Spanish. He has a special interest in sports health. Dr. Maclaren's professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. After completing medical school at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Maclaren performed his residency at Tulsa Regional Medical Center. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 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.

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal problems

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

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. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Hayes include back pain, minimally invasive spine surgery, and spine problems. Patient ratings for Dr. Hayes average 2.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Dr. Hayes attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College.

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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 practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 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. Candelora studied medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Candelora trained 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. Dennis Edward Jones, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4211 Van Dyke Road; Suite 200
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. Dennis Jones' area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Jones's areas of expertise include the following: hip replacement, knee problems, and knee 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. After attending the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Brooke Army Medical Center. Dr. Jones is 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. Talal Faris, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1815 A Healthcare Drive; Building 5
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Talal Faris, who practices in Hudson, FL and Trinity, FL, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. After completing medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Faris performed his residency at St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Faris 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. Faris (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis

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

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

Dr. Stephen Hanff's specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center, Dr. Hanff attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Hanff takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is professionally affiliated with 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. Jennifer Lynne Cook, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2165 Little Road
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Jennifer Cook's medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. 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. Dr. Cook attended Harvard Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

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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's specialty is adult pulmonology. Patient ratings for Dr. Desai average 4.5 stars out of 5. 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. After attending Medical College Baroda for medical school, Dr. Desai completed Dr. Desai's residency training at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis, arthritis

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

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

Dr. Nilesh Desai specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Desai is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Rush University Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Desai include diabetes, sinusitis (sinus infection), and osteoporosis. Dr. Desai honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He speaks Gujarati.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis, arthritis

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

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

Dr. James Donovan specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in New Port Richey, FL and Trinity, FL. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and performed his residency at McLaren Regional Medical Center. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Donovan is professionally affiliated with 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)

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

Dr. Aaron Mates' areas of specialization are foot & ankle surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery; he sees patients in Trinity, FL and New Port Richey, FL. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama, Dr. Mates attended medical school at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. Dr. Mates accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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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)

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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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