We found 4 providers with an interest in musculoskeletal problems and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold HMO near Tomball, TX.

Dr. Shaikh Arif Ali, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
455 School Street; Suite 27
Tomball, TX
 

Dr. Shaikh Ali's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. He attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Dow Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. These areas are among his clinical interests: musculoskeletal pain, lupus, and polymyositis. The average patient rating for Dr. Ali is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ali is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Tomball Regional Medical Center, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal pain, rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis

All Interests: Musculoskeletal Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Lower Back Pain, Neck Problems, Arthritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Imran Sattar Nathani, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1205 Graham Drive
Tomball, TX
 

Dr. Imran Nathani's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Nathani include thyroid problems, depression, and crohn's disease. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Tomball Regional Medical Center, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. Dr. Nathani attended Dow Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois for residency. The average patient rating for Dr. Nathani is 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis, bursitis, arthritis

All Interests: Depression, Incontinence, Bursitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Contact Dermatitis, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Dr. Fehmida Vejlani, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
721 James Street
Tomball, TX
 

Dr. Fehmida Vejlani specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Tomball, TX and Houston, TX. These areas are among Dr. Vejlani's clinical interests: sinusitis (sinus infection), depression, and ulcers. She is professionally affiliated with Tomball Regional Medical Center and Houston Methodist. She is a graduate of Dow Medical College and a graduate of New York Hospital Queens' residency program. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Vejlani is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , bursitis, arthritis

All Interests: Depression, Amenorrhea, Bursitis, Hypertension, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Obesity, Arthritis, ... (Read more)

David Neil Gunther
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
18220 Tomball Parkway Drive; Suite 350
Houston, TX
 

Dr. David Gunther practices podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) and foot & ankle surgery in Houston, TX and Cypress, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gunther include warts, arthroscopic surgery, and ulcers. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gunther takes. Dr. Gunther is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital and Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , bursitis, osteomyelitis, fractures (broken bones), bone spurs

All Interests: Warts, Bone Spurs, Bursitis, Morton's Neuroma, Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, Osteomyelitis, ... (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.