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

Dr. Satheesh Muppavarapu is a physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) specialist. His clinical interests include amputee rehabilitation, prosthetics, and amputees. Dr. Muppavarapu is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. He graduated from Guntur Medical College and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA EPO. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal injuries, arthritis

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

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

Dr. James Sliwa's medical specialty is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). These areas are among his clinical interests: back pain, post-polio syndrome (PPS), and multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Sliwa is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Franciscan Alliance. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and CIGNA HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. He attended Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and a hospital affiliated with Midwestern University. Dr. Sliwa's distinctions include: Chicago Super Doctors; Top Doctor in Chicago; and Chicago Magazine, several times.

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal problems

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

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

Dr. Joseph Hecht is a foot & ankle surgery, orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and sports medicine specialist. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Dr. Hecht completed his residency training at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Hecht is affiliated with Franciscan Alliance. His practice 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 is an orthopedic surgeon. Dr. McComis has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. McComis include arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and spine surgery procedures. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. McComis's education and training includes medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine and residency at Strong Memorial Hospital. He is affiliated with Franciscan Alliance. He is open to new patients.

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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 practices adult endocrinology. In his practice, Dr. Altarshan focuses on diabetes. His professional affiliations include Palos Community Hospital and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. Dr. Altarshan takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Altarshan welcomes new patients. He studied medicine at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago.

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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.
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