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We found 4 providers with an interest in musculoskeletal problems and who accept United Healthcare near Toms River, NJ.

Dr. Samuel David Schenker MD
Specializes in Neurology (Brain & Spinal Cord Disease), Physiatry (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)
388 Lakehurst Road
Toms River, NJ
(732) 341-2822

Dr. Samuel Schenker is a physiatrist and neurologist in Toms River, NJ. He has indicated that his clinical interests include pain management. Dr. Schenker's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Aetna Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Schenker attended the University of Santiago de Compostela and then went on to complete his residency at Nassau University Medical Center. Dr. Schenker (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Portuguese. He is professionally affiliated with Community Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal problems

All Interests: Pain Management/Physical Medicine, Pain Managment, Nerve Conduction Studies, Acute/Chronic ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark William Gesell MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1430 Hooper Avenue; Suite 101
Toms River, NJ
(732) 530-4949; (732) 341-6777

Dr. Mark Gesell practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His clinical interests include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Medicare, and more. Before performing his residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Dr. Gesell attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Gesell is affiliated with Monmouth Medical Center and Riverview Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis

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

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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Hand Surgery
780 RT 37 W
Toms River, NJ
(732) 542-4477; (732) 462-7700

Dr. Gary Pess specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Pess's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Bellevue Hospital Center, Dr. Pess attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University. 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: Arm, Elbow, Hand and Wrist, Arthritis, Arthroscopic Surgery, Deformity, Joint Replacement, Pain, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Hand Surgery
780 Route 37 West; Suite 140
Toms River, NJ
(732) 542-4477; (732) 286-9000

Dr. Teddy Atik is a hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Eatontown, NJ, Toms River, NJ, and Freehold, NJ. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in hand problems, wrist problems, and elbow problems. Dr. Atik is professionally affiliated with Monmouth Medical Center and Community Medical Center. Dr. Atik honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases.

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

All Interests: Elbow, Hand and Wrist, Arthritis, Arthroscopic Surgery, Deformity, Joint Replacement, Metabolic ... (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.