We found 5 providers with an interest in musculoskeletal problems and who accept Blue Choice HMO near Brooklyn, NY.

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Dr. Andrew Lawrence Rosen, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery, Sports Medicine
315 East 83rd Street
New York, NY

Dr. Andrew Rosen works as an orthopedic reconstructive surgeon and sports medicine specialist. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Lenox Hill Hospital, Montefiore Medical Center - Weiler Division Hospital, and Montefiore Medical Center - Moses Division Hospital. After attending East Tennessee State University, Quillen College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Rosen completed his residency training at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Rosen has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis, fractures (broken bones)

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

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Dr. Daniel Richard 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 works as an orthopedic trauma specialist, pediatric orthopedic surgeon, and hand surgeon. He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez (UACJ) and then he performed his residency at New York Hospital Queens and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. Areas of expertise for Dr. O'Connor include arthroscopic surgery, knee surgery, and cancer. Dr. O'Connor's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. O'Connor (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Polish. 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, fractures (broken bones)

All Interests: Sports Health, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Shoulder Surgery, Revision ... (Read more)

Dr. Yousaf Ali, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Rheumatology
300 Cadman Plaza West
Brooklyn, NY

Dr. Yousaf Ali works as a rheumatologist. Dr. Ali attended the University College London (UCL) Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. His areas of expertise include the following: osteoporosis, polymyositis, and dermatomyositis. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Ali has received the following distinction: New York Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Mount Sinai Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Ali's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, ankylosing spondylitis

All Interests: Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, ... (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. Dr. Barrah's areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), hair problems, and thyroid problems. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Healthfirst, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Benin School of Medicine and State University of New York (SUNY). Dr. Barrah (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Haitian Creole. Dr. Barrah's hospital/clinic affiliations include New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital and Interfaith Medical Center.

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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
Nypbmh Foot and Ankle Center, One Prospect Park West; Suite B
Brooklyn, NY

Dr. Ronald Soave's specialty is podiatry (foot & ankle medicine). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include achilles tendonitis. Dr. Soave is affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital. Dr. Soave is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Workers' Compensation, as well as other insurance carriers. He trained at Lindell Hospital for his residency. Dr. Soave (or staff) speaks 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.
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