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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 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 traumatologist, pediatric orthopedist, and hand surgeon. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include arthroscopic surgery, knee surgery, and cancer. Dr. O'Connor is professionally affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital. Before performing his residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, Dr. O'Connor attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez (UACJ) for medical school. Dr. O'Connor has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. O'Connor honors. He is open to new patients.

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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 is a specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). He works in Brooklyn, NY and Jackson Heights, NY. Dr. Vallarino (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Polish, and Italian. Clinical interests for Dr. Vallarino include balance disorders (vestibular disorders), orthotics, and stroke. He is affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital. After completing medical school at Cayetano Heredia University, he performed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Vallarino is rated highly by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Healthfirst, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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 sees patients in Brooklyn, NY. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Barrah (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Haitian Creole. Dr. Barrah's areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), hair problems, and thyroid problems. He is affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital and Interfaith Medical Center. He attended medical school at the University of Benin School of Medicine and State University of New York (SUNY). Dr. Barrah accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and more.

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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 practices podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Soave (or staff) speaks Spanish and Greek. His clinical interests include achilles tendonitis. He is professionally affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital. He trained at Lindell Hospital for his residency. Dr. Soave has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Workers' Compensation, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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.