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We found 4 providers with an interest in musculoskeletal problems and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver HMO near Chicago, IL.

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Specializes in Internal Medicine, Sports Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL

Dr. Leonardo Oliveira works as a sports medicine specialist. His clinical interests include osteoarthritis. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Oliveira completed his residency training at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Oliveira (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Portuguese. He is affiliated with Orlando Health.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis

All Interests: Osteoarthritis

Dr. Jovito Gomez Angeles II, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL

Dr. Jovito Angeles' medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and brachial plexus injury. Dr. Angeles honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of the Philippines College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Philippine General Hospital for residency. He is conversant in Filipino.

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal problems

All Interests: Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Musculoskeletal Problems, Brachial Plexus ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven B Newman, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
676 N Saint Clair Street; Arkes 2140
Chicago, IL

Dr. Steven Newman is a hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist. His areas of expertise include leukemia, lung cancer, and hodgkin's lymphoma. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Newman takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Before completing his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Dr. Newman attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Newman has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , sarcoma (bone and soft tissue cancer)

All Interests: Sarcoma, Leukemia, Bone Marrow Transplant, Lung Cancer, Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Lymphoma, Head and Neck ... (Read more)

Dr. Vagish Srinivasan Hemmige, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
5841 S Maryland Avenue; L300
Chicago, IL

Dr. Vagish Hemmige is a physician who specializes in adult infectious disease. After completing medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, Dr. Hemmige performed his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. These areas are among his clinical interests: medical education, musculoskeletal problems, and HIV/AIDS. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hemmige (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Kannada. Dr. Hemmige is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal problems

All Interests: Musculoskeletal Problems, HIV/AIDS, Medical Education, Infections

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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.