We found 6 providers with an interest in musculoskeletal problems and who accept BlueSelect All Copay near South Pasadena, FL.

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Dr. Michelle S Spuza Milord, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5100 Seminole Boulevard
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Michelle Spuza-Milord is an adult rheumatology specialist. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Spuza-Milord's clinical interests: holistic medicine, fibromyalgia, and lupus. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She attended Eugenio Maria de Hostos University and then went on to complete her residency at St. Francis Medical Center, Pittsburgh and Boston Medical Center. Dr. Spuza-Milord (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Romanian, and Serbo-Croatian. Dr. Spuza-Milord's professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and BayCare Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis, gout

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Dr. William Henry Minnix, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1615 Pasadena Avenue S; Suite 430
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. William Minnix practices general internal medicine in Saint Petersburg, FL and South Pasadena, FL. Dr. Minnix's areas of expertise include thyroid problems, heart problems, and liver disease. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He 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. Dr. Minnix graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Minnix completed a residency program at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis, arthritis

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Dr. Tim Paul Carlson, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1615 Pasadena Avenue S; Suite 430
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Tim Carlson sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL and South Pasadena, FL. His medical specialty is family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Carlson include thyroid problems, heart problems, and liver disease. He is affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital. He attended medical school at the University of Health Sciences Antigua. He trained at Bayfront Medical Center for his residency. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Carlson 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.

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Robin M Davis
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
6600 34th Avenue North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Robin Katz's areas of specialization are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. Dr. Katz's areas of expertise include arthritis and bunions. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Katz accepts. Her training includes a residency program at Mount Sinai Medical Center. She speaks Russian. Her professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and BayCare Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

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Dr. Venkata G Budharaju, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2763 1st Avenue N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Venkata Budharaju specializes in adult endocrinology. The average patient rating for Dr. Budharaju is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Budharaju include menopause, migraine, and depression. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. Dr. Budharaju 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 is a graduate of Osmania Medical College and a graduate of Pennsylvania Hospital's residency program. Dr. Budharaju (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, arthritis, musculoskeletal problems

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Dr. Pedro J Morales, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2191 9th Avenue N; Suite 220
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Pedro Morales practices family medicine. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include minor surgery, sleep apnea, and diabetes. Dr. Morales's hospital/clinic affiliations include Palms of Pasadena Hospital and Northside Hospital (Georgia). Dr. Morales honors 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, osteoarthritis

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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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