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Dr. Peter David Candelora, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
5145 Deer Park Drive
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Peter Candelora's areas of specialization are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His clinical interests include knee problems, total shoulder replacement, and pain. Dr. Candelora takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Candelora completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and Medical Center of Trinity.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis, arthritis, fractures (broken bones), joint problems, ankle fracture

All Interests: Sports Health, Shoulder Reconstruction, Ankle Fracture, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Elbow ... (Read more)

Dr. Stephen Anthony Hanff, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
2165 Little Road
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Stephen Hanff's specialties are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He practices in New Port Richey, FL and Trinity, FL. He studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Shands HealthCare. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hanff include knee problems, knee replacement, and arthroscopic surgery. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hanff honors. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Hanff's professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Medical Center of Trinity.

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal problems, fractures (broken bones)

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

Dr. Jennifer Lynne Cook, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
2165 Little Road
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Jennifer Cook's areas of specialization are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Cook include knee problems, knee replacement, and arthroscopic surgery. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity) and Medical Center of Trinity. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cook accepts. Dr. Cook studied medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Harvard University. She speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal problems, fractures (broken bones), joint problems

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

Dr. Aaron Kyle Mates, MD
Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
2165 Little Road
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Aaron Mates works as a foot and ankle surgeon, orthopedist, and sports medicine specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mates include arthroscopic surgery, hammer toe, and achilles tendonitis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity) and Medical Center of Trinity. He graduated from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , ankle arthritis, ligament problems, arthritis, Achilles tendonitis, sprains, fractures (broken bones), tendon injury

All Interests: Ankle Fusion, Plantar Fasciitis, Tendon Injury, Hammer Toe, Preventive Care, Pes Planus, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jennifer C Swaringen, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
2044 Trinity Oaks Boulevard; Suite 110
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Jennifer Swaringen specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Swaringen include knee problems, knee replacement, and sports health. She is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Swaringen accepts. Dr. Swaringen attended medical school at Emory University School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan for her residency. She speaks Persian. Her professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity), and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal problems, joint problems

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

Dr. Eaton I Yen, DO
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
18907 Blake Road
Odessa, FL
 

Dr. Eaton Yen's specialties are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. He practices in Trinity, FL, Odessa, FL, and Tampa, FL. Dr. Yen's areas of expertise include migraine, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and facet injection. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Yen attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. He is conversant in Chinese. Dr. Yen's hospital/clinic affiliations include James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH) and Medical Center of Trinity.

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal problems

All Interests: Sports Health, Neck Pain, Migraine, Nerve Block, Facet Injection, Musculoskeletal Problems, Nerve ... (Read more)

Dr. James Patrick Donovan, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
2165 Little Road
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. James Donovan works as a hand surgeon, orthopedist, and sports medicine specialist. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and residency at McLaren Regional Medical Center. Dr. Donovan's areas of expertise include the following: pain, sports health, and tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Donovan accepts. He is affiliated with BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity), Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , dislocation, bursitis, rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis, tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), elbow fracture, sprains, hand fracture, fractures (broken bones), joint problems, tendon injury

All Interests: Sports Health, Elbow Fracture, Hand Fracture, Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement, Foot Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. John Chi-Ching Chan, MD
Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma, Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery, Sports Medicine
4211 Vandyke Road; Suite 200
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. John Chan is an orthopedic trauma specialist, orthopedic reconstructive surgeon, and sports medicine specialist. Dr. Chan has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His clinical interests include knee problems, radial keratotomy, and ganglion cyst. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Chan graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) for his residency. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and BayCare Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis, arthritis, bone problems, musculoskeletal problems, sprains, fractures (broken bones), joint problems

All Interests: Radial Keratotomy, Sports Health, Elbow Problems, Implant Surgery, Shoulder Problems, Bone ... (Read more)

Dr. Malcolm Christopher Maclaren, DO
Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma, Hand Surgery, Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery, Foot & Ankle Surgery, Sports Medicine
18133 Patterson Road
Odessa, FL
 

Dr. M. Maclaren is a specialist in orthopedic trauma, pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and hand surgery. He works in Odessa, FL and Tampa, FL. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He has a special interest in sports health. Dr. Maclaren is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity), and Mease Countryside Hospital. Dr. Maclaren attended Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Tulsa Regional Medical Center for residency. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He 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.

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal problems

All Interests: Sports Health, Knee Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems, Hip Problems

Dr. David Richmond Whiddon, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
2044 Trinity Oaks Boulevard; Suite 110
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. David Whiddon is an orthopedic reconstructive surgeon. These areas are among Dr. Whiddon's clinical interests: 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. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Whiddon graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and the University of Virginia School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis, musculoskeletal problems

All Interests: Sports Health, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Musculoskeletal Problems, Arthritis, Hip ... (Read more)

Dr. Victor Manuel Morales, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Spinal Cord Injury Medicine, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2040 Short Avenue
Odessa, FL
 

Dr. Victor Hayes is a specialist in spine surgery, spinal cord injury medicine, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Odessa, FL and Tampa, FL. He graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College and then he performed his residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: back pain, scoliosis, and cancer. Dr. Hayes's average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital - North, BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity), and Medical Center of Trinity.

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal problems

All Interests: Neck Pain, Spinal Procedures, Scoliosis, Back Problems, Laser Treatment, Musculoskeletal Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael L Rothberg, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2044 Trinity Oaks Boulevard; Suite 110
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Michael Rothberg works as a hand surgeon and orthopedist. His average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rothberg include back pain, trigger point injections, and hand problems. Dr. Rothberg is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing his residency at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, Dr. Rothberg attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Rothberg speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal problems

All Interests: Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems, Trigger Point ... (Read more)

Dr. Bharat M Desai, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
8140 Picton Way; Suite 102
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Bharat Desai is a critical care specialist and pulmonologist. These areas are among his clinical interests: sinusitis (sinus infection), hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and diabetes. Dr. Desai's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Desai honors. After attending Medical College Baroda for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Dr. Desai (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi. Dr. Desai is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant North Bay Hospital and Medical Center of Trinity.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis, arthritis

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Immunization, Bronchoscopy, Hypertension, Lung Problems, Diabetes, Excision of ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard A Cain Jr., MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4211 Van Dyke Road; Suite 200
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. Richard Cain practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Tampa, FL and Lutz, FL. Dr. Cain has a special interest in shoulder problems, elbow problems, and shoulder replacement. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and BayCare Medical Group. He graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Cain honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal problems

All Interests: Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems, Upper Extremity Problems, Shoulder ... (Read more)

Dr. Dennis Edward Jones, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4211 Van Dyke Road; Suite 200
Lutz, FL
 

Dr. Dennis Jones is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: hip replacement, knee problems, and knee replacement. Dr. Jones's professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended medical school at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Brooke Army Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis, arthritis, musculoskeletal problems, fractures (broken bones)

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

Dr. Talal Faris, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1815 A Health Care Drive; Building 5
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Talal Faris is an adult endocrinology specialist in Hudson, FL and New Port Richey, FL. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. In Dr. Faris's practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. His professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, and Morton Plant North Bay Hospital. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Faris is a graduate of the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx. In addition to English, Dr. Faris (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Serbo-Croatian.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis

All Interests: Diabetes, Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Adrenal Disorders, Pituitary Disorders, ... (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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