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's specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). He is affiliated with Monmouth Medical Center and Riverview Medical Center. Dr. Gesell graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Gesell completed his residency training at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes 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 is a hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Eatontown, NJ, Frehold, NJ, and Toms River, NJ. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Pess honors Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school and subsequently trained at Bellevue Hospital Center for residency. Dr. Pess speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Monmouth Medical Center and Community Medical Center.

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

Dr. Robert Floros specializes in podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. In his practice, Dr. Floros focuses on achilles tendonitis, bunions, and sports injuries. Dr. Floros has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Floros accepts. For his residency, Dr. Floros trained at JFK Medical Center and Graduate Hospital. He is affiliated with 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)

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

Dr. Teddy Atik, who practices in Eatontown, NJ, Toms River, NJ, and Freehold, NJ, is a medical specialist in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Atik is 4.0 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in hand problems, wrist problems, and elbow problems. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Monmouth Medical Center and Community Medical Center. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Atik attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases.

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

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

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

Dr. Roshni Gandhi's specialties are podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gandhi include warts, hammer toe, and orthotics. Dr. Gandhi's hospital/clinic affiliations include Saint Peter's Healthcare System (New Jersey), Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus, and Princeton HealthCare System. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, and Aetna. She completed her residency training at Christiana Care Health System.

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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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