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We found 4 providers with an interest in musculoskeletal problems and who accept Humana Simplicity HMO Open Access Gold 02/100 near Virginia, MN.

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Dr. Janus Dale Butcher, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Sports Medicine
1101 9th Street North
Virginia, MN
 

Dr. Janus Butcher's medical specialty is family medicine and sports medicine. Dr. Butcher's areas of expertise consist of musculoskeletal problems, family issues, and musculoskeletal surgery. Dr. Butcher is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Butcher is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Butcher trained at Madigan Army Medical Center for Dr. Butcher's residency. Dr. Butcher is affiliated with Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic 3rd Street Building.

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal problems

All Interests: Musculoskeletal Problems, Musculoskeletal Surgery, Family Issues

Dr. Daniel Lee Mark, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Sports Medicine
1101 9th Street North
Virginia, MN
 

Dr. Daniel Mark's medical specialty is family medicine and sports medicine. His clinical interests include musculoskeletal problems and musculoskeletal surgery. He is affiliated with Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic 3rd Street Building. Dr. Mark is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School, he performed his residency at Mayo Clinic.

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All Interests: Musculoskeletal Problems, Musculoskeletal Surgery

Dr. Wade Alan Lillegard, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Sports Medicine
1101 9th Street North
Virginia, MN
 

Dr. Wade Lillegard's medical specialty is family medicine and sports medicine. Dr. Lillegard's areas of clinical interest consist of musculoskeletal problems and musculoskeletal surgery. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lillegard honors. He obtained his medical school training at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine and performed his residency at Martin Army Community Hospital. He is affiliated with Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic 3rd Street Building.

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All Interests: Musculoskeletal Problems, Musculoskeletal Surgery

Dr. Ana Margarita Fernandez-Pokorny, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1101 9th Street North
Virginia, MN
 

Dr. Ana Fernandez-Pokorny is an adult rheumatology specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Fernandez-Pokorny include arthritis. She is affiliated with Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic 3rd Street Building. She accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, Dr. Fernandez-Pokorny performed her residency at Wilmington Hospital. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Arthritis

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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.