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We found 3 providers with an interest in musculoskeletal problems and who accept Great-West Healthcare POS near Pearland, TX.

Dr. Melvyn Augustus Harrington Jr. Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
8603 Broadway (fm 518); Suite 103
Pearland, TX

Dr. Melvyn Harrington specializes in adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery and practices in Houston, TX and Pearland, TX. The average patient rating for Dr. Harrington is 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include hip replacement, knee problems, and knee replacement. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Harrington honors. He graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Harrington speaks German. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis, osteonecrosis (avascular necrosis)

All Interests: Revision Hip Arthroplasty, Knee Problems, Arthritis, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement, Joint ... (Read more)

Dr. Tomiko Fukuda, MD
Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
10223 Broadway; Suite A
Pearland, TX

Dr. Tomiko Fukuda is a specialist in foot & ankle surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Fukuda include foot problems, fractures (broken bones), and ligament reconstruction. Dr. Fukuda honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Before performing Dr. Fukuda's residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Dr. Fukuda attended Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school. Dr. Fukuda is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Fukuda has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , fractures (broken bones)

All Interests: Fractures, Ankle Problems, Foot Problems, Ligament Reconstruction

Dr. David Patrick Loncarich, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
10223 Broadway; Suite A
Pearland, TX

Dr. David Loncarich is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Houston, TX and Pearland, TX. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and amputees. Dr. Loncarich is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Loncarich's practice is open to new patients. He studied medicine at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal pain, bursitis, osteomyelitis, arthritis, bone infection, fractures (broken bones), bone spurs

All Interests: Bone Spurs, Musculoskeletal Pain, Bursitis, Morton's Neuroma, Fractures, Knee Problems, ... (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.