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We found 5 providers with an interest in musculoskeletal problems and who accept CIGNA Plans near Staten Island, NY.

Dr. Cary B Chapman MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Foot & Ankle Surgery, Sports Medicine
1534 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, NY
(718) 987-3338

Dr. Cary Chapman's areas of specialization are foot & ankle surgery, orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and sports medicine; he sees patients in Staten Island, NY and New York, NY. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: arthroscopic surgery, knee surgery, and foot surgery. Dr. Chapman's professional affiliations include Staten Island University Hospital and NYU Langone Medical Center. He takes United Healthcare EPO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Dr. Chapman attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school and subsequently trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center for residency. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include New York Super Doctors and Top Regional Doctor, Castle Connely.

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Relevant Interests: , achilles tendon problems, arthritis, achilles tendonitis, fractures (broken bones), ankle fracture

All Interests: ankle replacement, ankle arthritis, ankle injuries, achilles tendon rupture, ligament ... (Read more)

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Dr. Gregory Montalbano MD
Specializes in Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Trauma
32 Lamberts Lane
Staten Island, NY
(718) 477-5479; (212) 431-2924

Dr. Gregory Montalbano works as an orthopedic traumatologist and sports medicine specialist. Patients gave Dr. Montalbano an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Montalbano include knee fracture, elbow fracture, and knee arthroscopy. He is in-network for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Albany Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases. His distinctions include: Alpha Omega Alpha, National Medical Honor Society and Senior Resident Clinical Research Award, Hospital for Joint Disease. Dr. Montalbano (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Korean, and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC) and NYU Langone Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , stress fractures, achilles tendon problems, osteoarthritis, ligament problems, shoulder fracture, knee fracture, clavicle fracture (broken collarbone), elbow fracture, fractures (broken bones), ACL injury

All Interests: osteoarthritis of the knee, osteoarthritis of the shoulder, orthopedic surgery, sports injury, hip ... (Read more)

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Dr. George Philip Smith MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Plastic Surgery
405 Arden Avenue
Staten Island, NY
(718) 608-1111

Dr. George Smith's specialties are plastic surgery and hand surgery. Dr. Smith studied medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He trained at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center for residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: eyelid surgery, general reconstruction, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). The average patient rating for Dr. Smith is 4.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Smith takes. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include New York Community Hospital of Brooklyn, New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital, and JFK Medical Center. Dr. Smith is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , knee ligament injuries, fractures (broken bones)

All Interests: Hand Surgery, Gynecomastia, Abdominoplasty, Breast Augmentation/Reduction, Skin Grafts, Wound Care, ... (Read more)

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Nirmal Chandu Tejwani MD, MBBS
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Trauma Surgery
240 E. Street
Ny, NY
(212) 598-6573; (212) 598-6599

Dr. Nirmal Tejwani works as a trauma surgeon and orthopedic surgeon. He attended Seth G.S. Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at King Edward Memorial Hospital and Seth G.S. Medical College. Clinical interests for Dr. Tejwani include shoulder injury, wrist fracture, and knee fracture. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Tejwani (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Tejwani's hospital/clinic affiliations include VA NY Harbor Healthcare System, Jersey City Medical Center, and NYU Langone Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , wrist fracture, shoulder fracture, pelvic fracture, knee fracture, hip fracture, clavicle fracture (broken collarbone), elbow fracture, fractures (broken bones), ankle fracture, tendon injury

All Interests: orthopedic surgery, fractures, ankle surgery, reconstructive surgery, fracture of pelvis, foot ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat)
400 Seaview Avenue
Staten Island, NY
(718) 645-2555; (718) 595-1100

Dr. Rajendra Bhayani's specialties are facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He practices in Brooklyn, NY, Rego Park, NY, and Staten Island, NY. After completing medical school at B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, B.J. Medical College, Pune, and Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, he performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University. His areas of expertise include the following: cleft lip and palate, thyroid problems, and endoscopic sinus surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Bhayani average 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Bhayani is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Bhayani (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Gujarati. His professional affiliations include New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital and Staten Island University Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , fractures (broken bones)

All Interests: Skin Grafts, Skin Cancer, Facial Fractures, Ear Surgery, Allergy, Hearing Disorders, Oral Cancer, ... (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.