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Dr. Stephen John Raterman, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
38135 Market Square
Zephyrhills, FL
 

Dr. Stephen Raterman's specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Raterman graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Georgia for residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), hip arthroscopy, and sports health. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Raterman honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Florida Medical Clinic, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Alicia M Baillargeon, DO
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
38051 Market Square
Zephyrhills, FL
 

Dr. Alicia Fierro works as an adult rheumatologist. Dr. Fierro attended medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her areas of clinical interest consist of osteoporosis, lupus, and pregnancy. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Lupus, Osteoporosis, Rheumatic Diseases, Pregnancy

Dr. Ernesto Rodriguez-Velazquez, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
38051 Market Square
Zephyrhills, FL
 

Dr. Ernesto Rodriguez-Velazquez is an adult rheumatology specialist. He attended medical school at Ponce School of Medicine. He has indicated that his clinical interests include osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. Dr. Rodriguez-Velazquez honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Rodriguez-Velazquez is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH).

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Osteoporosis

Dr. Brian C Domby, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
38135 Market Square
Zephyrhills, FL
 

Dr. Brian Domby sees patients in Wesley Chapel, FL, Brandon, FL, and Zephyrhills, FL. His medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: arthroscopic surgery, shoulder surgery, and sports health. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Domby graduated from East Carolina University, The Brody School of Medicine. Dr. Domby is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , knee ligament injuries, joint problems

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

Dr. Gerald Edward Alexander Trey III, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
38107 Market Square
Zephyrhills, FL
 

Dr. Gerald Alexander, who practices in Wesley Chapel, FL, Zephyrhills, FL, and Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Alexander include knee arthroscopy and fractures (broken bones). He is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. Dr. Alexander 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. He graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis, fractures (broken bones)

All Interests: Fractures, Knee Problems, Arthritis, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement, Outpatient Care, Knee ... (Read more)

Dr. David Sikes, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
38051 Market Square
Zephyrhills, FL
 

Dr. David Sikes is an adult rheumatology specialist in Zephyrhills, FL and Land O Lakes, FL. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma. Dr. Sikes is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Sikes studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma

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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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