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We found 5 providers with an interest in musculoskeletal problems and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near San Antonio, TX.

Dr. Deborah A Bergfeld, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Sports Medicine
5027 Pecan Grove Drive
San Antonio, TX
 

Dr. Deborah Bergfeld is a physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and sports medicine specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Bergfeld include nerve conduction studies (NCS), amputees, and osteoporosis. She is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bergfeld honors. Dr. Bergfeld is accepting new patients. She studied medicine at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Her medical residency was performed at Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis, musculoskeletal problems

All Interests: Sports Health, Cervical Dystonia, Electrodiagnostic Testing, Migraine, Musculoskeletal Problems, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
400 Concord Plaza Drive; Suite 300
San Antonio, TX
 

Dr. Stephen Bell practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis, fractures (broken bones)

All Interests: Sports Health, Hip Problems, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee ... (Read more)

Dr. Daniel Eugene Gutierrez, DO
Specializes in Neurosurgery
343 W. Houston Street; Suite 705
San Antonio, TX
 

Dr. Daniel Gutierrez practices neurosurgery in San Antonio, TX. In his practice, he is particularly interested in scoliosis and musculoskeletal problems. Patients gave Dr. Gutierrez an average rating of 1.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He studied medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Gutierrez's residency was performed at Henry Ford Bi-County Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Gutierrez is affiliated with Methodist Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal problems

All Interests: Scoliosis, Musculoskeletal Problems, Spine Problems, Chiropractic Therapy

Dr. Anthony J Infante, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
333 N. Santa Rosa Street
San Antonio, TX
 

Dr. Anthony Infante's specialty is pediatric allergy & immunology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in autoimmune disorders and arthritis. His professional affiliations include the University of Texas (UT) Medicine San Antonio and the University Health System. After attending Indiana University School of Medicine, Dr. Infante completed his residency training at Mayo Clinic. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatic Diseases, Arthritis, Autoimmune Disorders

Dr. Jamie Avila, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
401 W. Summit Avenue
San Antonio, TX
 

Dr. Jamie Avila practices general pediatrics in Killeen, TX and San Antonio, TX. She is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Dr. Avila attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Avila speaks Medical Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal problems

All Interests: Sports Health, Musculoskeletal Problems, Obesity

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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.