We found 4 providers with an interest in musculoskeletal problems and who accept Blue Advantage Plus Gold 101 near Galveston, TX.

Dr. Rosa Ana Tang, MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology, Ophthalmology
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Rosa Tang is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Houston, TX, Nassau Bay, TX, and Galveston, TX. Dr. Tang's education and training includes medical school at Cayetano Heredia University and residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and Georgetown University Hospital. These areas are among her clinical interests: thyroid problems, strabismus, and electrophysiological (EP) study. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tang takes. She has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann. Dr. Tang has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Eye Exam, Pituitary Surgery, Myasthenia Gravis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kelly Waltner Stephenson, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
301 University Boulevard; Rt 0476
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Kelly Stephenson practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. On average, patients gave Dr. Stephenson a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include joint problems and hip problems. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stephenson honors. She graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Stephenson is affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health).

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Relevant Interests: , joint problems

All Interests: Joint Problems, Hip Problems

Dr. Louis Samuel Stryker, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Louis Stryker is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Stryker include joint problems and hip problems. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health). Dr. Stryker attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and then went on to complete his residency at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Stryker has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , joint problems

All Interests: Joint Problems, Hip Problems

Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
301 Universtiy Boulevard
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Manisha Chandalia is an endocrinologist in Baytown, TX and Galveston, TX. Dr. Chandalia's areas of expertise include the following: erectile dysfunction (impotence), thyroid problems, and kidney stones. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients. Dr. Chandalia graduated from Topiwala National Medical College.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Diabetes, Obesity, ... (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.
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