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We found 3 providers with an interest in musculoskeletal problems and who accept Child Health Plus near Syracuse, NY.

Dr. Todd Christopher Battaglia, MS, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
5719 Widewaters Parkway
Syracuse, NY

Dr. Todd Battaglia is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Battaglia is 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and sports health. Dr. Battaglia accepts Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus, Medicaid, and more. He graduated from SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. In addition to English, Dr. Battaglia speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Crouse Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , fractures (broken bones)

All Interests: Sports Health, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Trauma

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Dr. Daniel Lane Carr, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery, Sports Medicine
1000 East Genesee Street; Suite 201
Syracuse, NY

Dr. Daniel Carr is a specialist in hand surgery, adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery, and sports medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Carr is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Carr's areas of expertise include the following: arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and sports health. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus, and Medicaid. Dr. Carr studied medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. He is professionally affiliated with Upstate University Hospital and Crouse Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis, fractures (broken bones)

All Interests: Arthroscopic Surgery, Sports Health, Arthritis, Replacement Arthroplasty, Fractures, Trauma

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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5719 Widewaters Park
Syracuse, NY

Dr. Michael Clarke's medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of clinical interest consist of knee problems and hip problems. Dr. Clarke honors Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus, and Medicaid, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Oxford University Medical School. Dr. Clarke is professionally affiliated with Crouse Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Hip Problems, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Arthritis, Replacement Arthroplasty

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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.