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We found 4 providers with an interest in musculoskeletal problems and who accept Blue Choice HMO near Brooklyn, NY.

Daniel R OConnor (O Connor) MD
Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Hand Surgery, Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery, Foot & Ankle Surgery, Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Trauma
One Prospect Park West; Suite #1D
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 393-3900; (718) 622-3563

Dr. Daniel O'Connor's areas of specialization are orthopedic trauma, pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and hand surgery; he sees patients in Elmhurst, NY and Brooklyn, NY. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His clinical interests include arthroscopic surgery, knee surgery, and cancer. Dr. O'Connor is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez (UACJ). For his professional training, Dr. O'Connor completed a residency program at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis, knee ligament injuries, achilles tendonitis, musculoskeletal problems

All Interests: Joint Replacement, Orthopedic Oncology, Shoulder Surgery, Joint Replacement Revision, Rotator Cuff ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Physiatry (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)
816 8th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 788-5762; (718) 396-1742

Dr. Ramon Vallarino works as a physiatrist in Brooklyn, NY and Jackson Heights, NY. These areas are among Dr. Vallarino's clinical interests: balance disorders (vestibular disorders), orthotics, and stroke. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Healthfirst, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Vallarino attended Cayetano Heredia University for medical school and subsequently trained at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine for residency. Dr. Vallarino (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Polish, and Italian. He is affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal problems

All Interests: Back & Neck Disorders, Balance Disorders, Cancer Rehabilitation, Carpal Tunnel, Electrodiagnostic ... (Read more)

Dr. Benjamin Nmereke Barrah MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine), Primary Care
1209 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 622-2525

Dr. Benjamin Barrah is a Brooklyn, NY physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Barrah is a graduate of the University of Benin School of Medicine and State University of New York (SUNY). Areas of expertise for Dr. Barrah include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), hair problems, and thyroid problems. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and more. Dr. Barrah (or staff) speaks Spanish and Haitian Creole. He is professionally affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital and Interfaith Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis, arthritis

All Interests: Arthritis, Back & Neck Disorders, Women's Health Issues, Hypertension, Nail Disease, ... (Read more)

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Ronald L Soave DPM
Specializes in Podiatry (Foot & Ankle Medicine)
506 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 780-5850; (718) 921-2156

Dr. Ronald Soave's specialty is podiatry (foot & ankle medicine). His areas of expertise include achilles tendonitis. Dr. Soave's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Workers' Compensation, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Soave completed his residency training at Lindell Hospital. Dr. Soave (or staff) speaks Spanish and Greek. He is affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , achilles tendonitis

All Interests: Achilles Tendonitis, Diabetic Podiatry


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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.