We found 29 providers with an interest in musculoskeletal problems and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions Essential near Clearwater, FL.

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William C Cottrell MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
Average rating 3.4 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
430 Morton Plant Street; #301
Clearwater, FL

Dr. William Cottrell specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine and practices in Largo, FL and Clearwater, FL. He attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Cottrell completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. Dr. Cottrell's areas of expertise include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). Patients gave Dr. Cottrell an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Cottrell is professionally affiliated with Bardmoor Surgery Center, BayCare Physician Partners, and Morton Plant Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , Arthritis, Fractures

All Interests: Sports Health, Auto Injuries, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Art ... (Read more)

Dr David Braun MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 301
Clearwater, FL

Dr. David Braun sees patients in Pinellas Park, FL, Clearwater, FL, and Saint Petersburg, FL. His medical specialties are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He graduated from Temple University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Allegheny General Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Braun include knee problems, total elbow replacement, and pain. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Braun is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Physician Partners.

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Relevant Interests: , Dislocation, Musculoskeletal Problems, Fractures, Joint Problems

All Interests: Total Elbow Replacement, Sports Health, Wrist Problems, Shoulder Problems, Total Hip Replacement, Fr ... (Read more)

Willard Allen Hughes II MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery, Sports Medicine
Average rating 3.58 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
1011 Jeffords Street; Suite C
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Willard Hughes is an orthopedic reconstructive surgeon and sports medicine specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hughes include knee problems, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and trigger point injections. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, BayCare Physician Partners, and Morton Plant Hospital. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University, Dr. Hughes attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Patients gave Dr. Hughes an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , Arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Knee Problems, Arthritis, Trigger Point Injections, Hip Problems, Replacement Arthrop ... (Read more)

Dr Allan Warren Rothschild DPM
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery, Sports Medicine
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
1022 Main Street; Suite L
Dunedin, FL

Dr. Allan Rothschild is a foot doctor, foot and ankle surgeon, and sports medicine specialist. These areas are among Dr. Rothschild's clinical interests: diabetes, trigger point injections, and foot surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Rothschild is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Fractures

All Interests: Foot Surgery, Fractures, Laser Surgery, Ankle Problems, Diabetes, Trigger Point Injections, Joint In ... (Read more)

Richard Victor Abdo MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery, Foot & Ankle Surgery
Average rating 3.27 stars out of 5 (21 ratings)
1011 Jeffords Street; Suite C
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Richard Abdo works as an orthopedic reconstructive surgeon and foot and ankle surgeon. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Abdo include knee problems, trigger point injections, and carpal tunnel syndrome. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, BayCare Physician Partners, and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Abdo takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He obtained his medical school training at SUNY Upstate Medical University and performed his residency at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Abdo has received professional recognition including the following: Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society; Promotion with Commendation, SUNY; and Lange Medical Publications Student Award, SUNY. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , Arthritis, Fractures, Joint Problems, Foot Fracture

All Interests: Foot Surgery, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, Ankle Problems, Ankle Surgery, Arthritis, ... (Read more)

Benjamin DeVries MD
Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine
1573 South Fort Harrison Avenue
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Benjamin Devries' areas of specialization are general practice and family medicine. His education and training includes medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Largo Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Devries include thyroid problems, minor surgery, and aspiration. Dr. Devries is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Devries is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , Joint Problems

All Interests: Hypertension, Minor Surgery, Diabetes, Skin Issues, Spine Problems, Cough, Joint Problems, Skin Lesi ... (Read more)

Dr Gordon H Zuerndorfer MD
Specializes in Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Average rating 4.47 stars out of 5 (66 ratings)
1831 N. Belcher Road; Suite G-1
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Gordon Zuerndorfer specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Clearwater, FL. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, sports health, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Dr. Zuerndorfer accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After completing medical school at Boston University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Zuerndorfer is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Bone Tumor, Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis, Arthritis, Bone Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems, Sprains, Fractures, Joint Problems, Gout

All Interests: Sports Health, Auto Injuries, Foot Surgery, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Bone ... (Read more)

Michael Robert Piazza MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Average rating 3.57 stars out of 5 (16 ratings)
1011 Jeffords Street; Suite C
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Michael Piazza, who practices in Clearwater, FL, is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include knee problems, scoliosis, and knee replacement. Dr. Piazza has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of Penn State College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Piazza is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, BayCare Physician Partners, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Fractures, Joint Problems

All Interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Spinal Procedures, Scoliosis, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, Cervi ... (Read more)

Adam Michael Rosen MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Average rating 3.2 stars out of 5 (10 ratings)
612 Druid Road E
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Adam Rosen's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school, he completed his residency training at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, trigger point injections, and fibromyalgia. Patient ratings for Dr. Rosen average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Rosen is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners.

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Relevant Interests: , Arthritis

All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Arthritis, Trigger Point Injections, ... (Read more)

Dr David Richmond Whiddon MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 409
Safety Harbor, FL

Dr. David Whiddon is an orthopedic reconstructive surgeon in Clearwater, FL, Safety Harbor, FL, and Trinity, FL. In his practice, he is particularly interested in knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity), and Mease Countryside Hospital. Dr. Whiddon is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and the University of Virginia School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Whiddon trained at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.

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Relevant Interests: , Arthritis

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

Dr Ania E Janicka DO
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
Average rating 3.1 stars out of 5 (10 ratings)
2531 Landmark Drive; Suite 104
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Ania Janicka specializes in adult endocrinology and practices in Hudson, FL, Clearwater, FL, and New Port Richey, FL. Dr. Janicka's areas of expertise consist of diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. She has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Janicka's education and training includes medical school at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Winthrop University Hospital. She is conversant in Polish. She is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Osteoporosis

All Interests: Diabetes, Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Endocrine Diseases

Dr Michael Markou DO PA
Specializes in Family Medicine
Average rating 4.23 stars out of 5 (32 ratings)
1266 Turner Street
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Michael Markou is a Clearwater, FL physician who specializes in family medicine. He is rated highly by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Markou include trigger point injections, estrogen therapy, and musculoskeletal problems. Dr. Markou is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus and Morton Plant Hospital. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Markou completed his residency training at Largo Medical Center. Dr. Markou (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Greek.

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Relevant Interests: , Musculoskeletal Problems

All Interests: Primary Care, Estrogen Therapy, Musculoskeletal Problems, Hair Loss, Trigger Point Injections, Back ... (Read more)

Dr Jesus L Penabad MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
Average rating 3.18 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
2531 Landmark Drive; Suite 104
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Jesus Penabad is a specialist in adult endocrinology. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Penabad is especially interested in diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. His professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, and Mease Countryside Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Penabad is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , Osteoporosis

All Interests: Diabetes, Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Endocrine Diseases

Dr Antonio PineroPilona MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
Average rating 2.33 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
2531 Landmark Drive; Suite 104
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Antonio Pinero-Pilona's specialty is adult endocrinology. He speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pinero-Pilona include diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. Dr. Pinero-Pilona's professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, and Mease Countryside Hospital. He attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Pinero-Pilona's patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , Osteoporosis

All Interests: Diabetes, Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Endocrine Diseases

David Cheong MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Average rating 4.53 stars out of 5 (7 ratings)
1840 Mease Drive; Suite 409
Safety Harbor, FL

Dr. David Cheong's specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Cheong graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Orlando Regional Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: cancer and musculoskeletal problems. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Cheong is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, All Children's Hospital, and Orlando Health.

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Relevant Interests: , Musculoskeletal Problems

All Interests: Musculoskeletal Problems, Cancer

Eugenia R Rullan Bidot MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Average rating 4.57 stars out of 5 (7 ratings)
612 Druid Road E
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Eugenia Rullanbidot sees patients in Clearwater, FL. Her medical specialty is adult rheumatology. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Rullanbidot include back pain, trigger point injections, and fibromyalgia. She is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners. Dr. Rullanbidot's education and training includes medical school at Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and residency at Monmouth Medical Center. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , Arthritis

All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Arthritis, Trigger Point Injections, ... (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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