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We found 5 providers with an interest in musculoskeletal problems and who accept Humana Platinum 500/HMO Premier near Dyer, IN.

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Dr. James Anthony Sliwa, DO
Specializes in Physiatry
24 Joliet Street
Dyer, IN
 

Dr. James Sliwa is a specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). Dr. Sliwa attended Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and a hospital affiliated with Midwestern University for residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: back pain, post-polio syndrome (PPS), and multiple sclerosis (MS). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and CIGNA HMO. His distinctions include: Chicago Super Doctors; Top Doctor in Chicago; and Chicago Magazine, several times. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Franciscan Alliance. Dr. Sliwa welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal problems

All Interests: Post-Polio Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Cancer Rehabilitation, Musculoskeletal Problems, Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Satheesh Muppavarapu, MD
Specializes in Physiatry
9200 Calumet Avenue; Suite N 100
Munster, IN
 

Dr. Satheesh Muppavarapu practices physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). Dr. Muppavarapu's areas of expertise include prosthetics, amputees, and spasticity. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. He is a graduate of Guntur Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Muppavarapu trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Muppavarapu honors.

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal injuries, arthritis

All Interests: Prosthetics, Neck Problems, Ankle Problems, Arthritis, Spine Problems, Stroke, Stroke ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
24 Joliet Street
Dyer, IN
 

Dr. Joseph Hecht practices foot & ankle surgery, orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and sports medicine in Munster, IN, Dyer, IN, and Hammond, IN. He graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. These areas are among his clinical interests: knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and pain. Dr. Hecht's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Hecht is affiliated with Franciscan Alliance. Dr. Hecht is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Pain, Sports Health, Hip Problems, Osteoporosis, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gregory Paul McComis, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Dyer, IN
 

Dr. Gregory McComis' area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. McComis's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include the following: arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and spine surgery procedures. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Strong Memorial Hospital. Dr. McComis is affiliated with Franciscan Alliance. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis, fractures (broken bones)

All Interests: Sports Health, Hip Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Lower Back Problems, Knee Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Abdallah Al Tarshan, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
7905 Calumet Avenue
Munster, IN
 

Dr. Abdallah Altarshan's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. His clinical interests include diabetes. Dr. Altarshan is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Altarshan's residency was performed at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago. He is affiliated with Palos Community Hospital and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , metabolic bone disease

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Metabolic Bone Disease, Diabetes, Obesity, Pituitary Disorders

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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.