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We found 5 providers with an interest in musculoskeletal problems and who accept Harvard Pilgrim Health Care near Cambridge, MA.

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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
281 Lincoln Street; Department of Orthopedics/sports Medicine
Worcester, MA
 

Dr. Mark Price specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine and practices in Worcester, MA and Boston, MA. His areas of expertise include the following: shoulder dislocation, shoulder arthritis, and clavicle fracture (broken collarbone). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. Dr. Price attended Harvard Medical School and subsequently trained at Massachusetts General Hospital for residency. He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital, UMass Memorial Medical Center, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Price's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis, shoulder arthritis, clavicle fracture (broken collarbone), fractures (broken bones)

All Interests: Prosthetics, Shoulder Dislocation, Shoulder Pain, Shoulder Replacement, Fractures, Shoulder Injury, ... (Read more)

Dr. Stephen Michael Desio, MD
Specializes in Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
123 Summer Street; Suite 520
Worcester, MA
 

Dr. Stephen Desio's areas of specialization are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Desio accepts several insurance carriers, including Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), AARP, and Coventry. His education and training includes medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. He has received the following distinctions: Polyclinic Physician-Saltlake City 2002 Winter; Olympics; and Team Physician-Worcester Tornadoes. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis, fractures (broken bones)

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

Dr. Jason E Simon, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
123 Summer Street; Suite 320
Worcester, MA
 

Dr. Jason Simon works as an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist. Dr. Simon offers interpreting services for his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Simon include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and sports health. He attended Tufts University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Cigna, and Aetna. Dr. Simon welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement, Shoulder Problems, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
119 Belmont Street; Department of Orthopedics
Worcester, MA
 

Dr. Marshall Katzen is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Worcester, MA. His areas of expertise include the following: arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and sports health. Dr. Katzen is professionally affiliated with UMass Memorial Medical Center. He attended Tufts University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Boston Medical Center and Penn State Hershey Medical Center for residency. Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Cigna, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Katzen honors. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Katzen include: Physician Recognition Award, Ama; Associate In Orthopedics, Umass Med School; and Worcester District Medical Society Clinician of the year. Dr. Katzen welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis, fractures (broken bones)

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

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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
123 Summer Street
Worcester, MA
 

Dr. Russell Donnelly practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. After completing medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Tufts Medical Center and the University of Rochester Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Donnelly include arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and sports health. His average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Cigna, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Donnelly takes. In addition to English, Dr. Donnelly (or staff) speaks Hebrew, Spanish, and Portuguese. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis, fractures (broken bones)

All Interests: Sports Health, Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, Arthritis, Replacement Arthroplasty, Trauma

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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.