We found 5 providers with an interest in musculoskeletal problems and who accept Blue Choice HMO near Brooklyn, NY.

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Dr. Daniel Richard O Connor, MD
Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma, Hand Surgery, Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery, Foot & Ankle Surgery, Sports Medicine
One Prospect Park West; Suite #1d
Brooklyn, NY

Dr. Daniel O'Connor's areas of specialization are orthopedic trauma, pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and hand surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. O'Connor average 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. O'Connor include arthroscopic surgery, knee surgery, and cancer. His professional affiliations include New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital, Northwell Health Orthopaedic Institute, and Long Island Jewish Forest Hills. Dr. O'Connor accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He welcomes new patients. He attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez (UACJ). His medical residency was performed at New York Hospital Queens and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. Dr. O'Connor (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Polish.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis, knee ligament injury, Achilles tendonitis, musculoskeletal problems, fractures (broken bones)

All Interests: Sports Health, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Shoulder Surgery, Revision ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery, Sports Medicine
315 East 83rd Street
New York, NY

Dr. Andrew Rosen is a specialist in adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery and sports medicine. He works in New York, NY. Dr. Rosen is a graduate of East Tennessee State University, Quillen College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Rosen trained at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield. Dr. Rosen is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Montefiore Medical Center, Mount Sinai Hospital, and Lenox Hill Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis, fractures (broken bones)

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

Specializes in Other, Adult Rheumatology
300 Cadman Plaza West
Brooklyn, NY

Dr. Yousaf Ali works as a rheumatologist. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University, Dr. Ali attended medical school at the University College London (UCL) Medical School. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ali include osteoporosis, polymyositis, and dermatomyositis. The average patient rating for Dr. Ali is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ali takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Coventry. He has received the following distinction: New York Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Mount Sinai Medical Center (Florida). He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, ankylosing spondylitis

All Interests: Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Benjamin Nmereke Barrah, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1545 Atlantic Avenue; #108
Brooklyn, NY

Dr. Benjamin Barrah is a general internist. His clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), hair problems, and thyroid problems. Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Barrah takes. Dr. Barrah attended medical school at State University of New York (SUNY). Dr. Barrah (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Haitian Creole. He is professionally affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis, arthritis

All Interests: Hypertension, Back Problems, Hair Problems, Neck Problems, Diabetes, Obesity, Nail Issues, ... (Read more)

Ronald Soave
Specializes in Podiatry
Nypbmh Foot and Ankle Center, One Prospect Park West; Suite B
Brooklyn, NY

Dr. Ronald Soave practices podiatry (foot & ankle medicine). Patient ratings for Dr. Soave average 4.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Soave focuses on achilles tendonitis. He is affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Workers' Compensation, as well as other insurance carriers. He completed his residency training at Lindell Hospital. Dr. Soave (or staff) speaks Spanish and Greek.

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Relevant Interests: , Achilles tendonitis

All Interests: Achilles Tendonitis

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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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