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

Dr. Daniel R O Connor, MD
Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma, Hand Surgery, Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery, Foot & Ankle Surgery, Sports Medicine
One Prospect Park West; Suite #1d
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Daniel O'Connor is an orthopedic trauma, pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and hand surgery specialist. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: arthroscopic surgery, knee surgery, and cancer. Dr. O'Connor is professionally affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He is accepting new patients. Dr. O'Connor graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez (UACJ). He completed his residency training at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. He speaks Spanish.

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

All Interests: Sports Health, Shoulder Surgery, Revision Arthroplasty, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Knee ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Physiatry, Other
816 8th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Ramon Vallarino's specialty is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). Dr. Vallarino's areas of expertise include the following: balance disorders (vestibular disorders), orthotics, and stroke. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Healthfirst. He graduated from Cayetano Heredia University and then he performed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Vallarino (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Polish, and Italian. Dr. Vallarino is affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal problems

All Interests: Orthotics, Electrodiagnostic Testing, Electromyography, Balance Disorders, Cancer Rehabilitation, ... (Read more)

Dr. Benjamin Nmereke Barrah, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1209 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Benjamin Barrah's specialty is general internal medicine. His areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), hair problems, and thyroid problems. Dr. Barrah is affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital and Interfaith Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Healthfirst are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Barrah honors. Dr. Barrah is a graduate of the University of Benin School of Medicine and State University of New York (SUNY). Dr. Barrah (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Haitian Creole.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis, arthritis

All Interests: Hypertension, Back Problems, Hair Problems, Neck Problems, Diabetes, Obesity, Nail Issues, ... (Read more)

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Ronald L Soave
Specializes in Podiatry
506 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Ronald Soave specializes in podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and practices in Brooklyn, NY. Patients rated Dr. Soave highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in achilles tendonitis. He is affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Workers' Compensation, as well as other insurance carriers. For his residency, Dr. Soave trained at Lindell Hospital. Dr. Soave (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Greek.

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Relevant Interests: , achilles tendonitis

All Interests: Achilles Tendonitis

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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.