We found 5 providers with an interest in musculoskeletal problems and who accept United Healthcare near Toms River, NJ.

Dr. Mark William Gesell, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1430 Hooper Avenue; Suite 101
Toms River, NJ

Dr. Mark Gesell is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Tinton Falls, NJ, Toms River, NJ, and Freehold, NJ. These areas are among his clinical interests: knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). Dr. Gesell is affiliated with Monmouth Medical Center and Riverview Medical Center. His education and training includes medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Aetna, and more. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis

All Interests: Hip Problems, Shoulder Problems, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Replacement Arthroplasty, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
780 Rt 37 W
Toms River, NJ

Dr. Gary Pess specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Eatontown, NJ, Frehold, NJ, and Toms River, NJ. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Monmouth Medical Center and Community Medical Center. Dr. Pess attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University and then went on to complete his residency at Bellevue Hospital Center. Patient reviews placed Dr. Pess at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis, fractures (broken bones)

All Interests: Pain, Sports Health, Tumor, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
780 Route 37 West; Suite 140
Toms River, NJ

Dr. Teddy Atik practices hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Atik's areas of expertise consist of hand problems, wrist problems, and elbow problems. He is affiliated with Monmouth Medical Center and Community Medical Center. Dr. Atik takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, he performed his residency at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases.

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Relevant Interests: , metabolic bone disease, arthritis, fractures (broken bones)

All Interests: Pain, Metabolic Bone Disease, Sports Health, Tumor, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Fractures, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
54 Bay Lea Road; Suite 1
Toms River, NJ

Dr. Robert Floros' specialties are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. His areas of expertise consist of achilles tendonitis, bunions, and sports injuries. Dr. Floros has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Floros honors. Dr. Floros completed his residency training at JFK Medical Center and Graduate Hospital. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus, Bryn Mawr Hospital, and Community Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Achilles tendonitis, sprains, fractures (broken bones)

All Interests: Fractures, Strains, Ankle Problems, Sports Injuries, Sprains, Achilles Tendonitis, Foot Problems, ... (Read more)

Roshni S Gandhi
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
54 Bey Lea Road; Suite 1
Toms River, NJ

Dr. Roshni Gandhi specializes in podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery and practices in Somerset, NJ, Monroe, NJ, and Toms River, NJ. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gandhi include warts, hammer toe, and orthotics. Her professional affiliations include Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus and Princeton HealthCare System. Dr. Gandhi is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. She trained at Christiana Care Health System for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , fractures (broken bones)

All Interests: Warts, Orthotics, Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy, Sports Health, Hammer Toe, Fungal Infection, ... (Read more)

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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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