We found 8 sports medicine providers who accept Blue Shield of California PPO near Encinitas, CA.

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Dr. Michael J Skyhar, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
310 Santa Fe Drive; Suite 112
Encinitas, CA
 

Dr. Michael Skyhar, who practices in Encinitas, CA, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He attended Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Skyhar's areas of clinical interest consist of knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and sports health. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Skyhar honors. Dr. Skyhar has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Sports Health, Shoulder Problems, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Gregory James Loren, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
332 Santa Fe Drive; Suite 110
Encinitas, CA
 

Dr. Gregory Loren, who practices in Encinitas, CA, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Loren's areas of expertise include the following: arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and pain. The average patient rating for Dr. Loren is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Loren accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Pain, Sports Health, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Stephen P Nichols, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
351 Santa Fe Drive; Suite 100
Encinitas, CA
 

Dr. Stephen Nichols is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine specialist. These areas are among his clinical interests: arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and pain. Dr. Nichols is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with McGill University. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Dr. Nichols is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Pain, Sports Health, Hip Problems, Osteoporosis, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Trauma Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
477 N. El Camino Real; Building D, Suite 302
Encinitas, CA
 

Dr. Andrew Pennock sees patients in Escondido, CA, Encinitas, CA, and San Diego, CA. His medical specialties are trauma surgery, orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and sports medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of clinical interest consist of musculoskeletal problems and hip problems. Dr. Pennock is affiliated with Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Pennock's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

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Clinical interests: Musculoskeletal Problems, Hip Problems

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
1011 Devonshire Drive; Suite E
Encinitas, CA
 

Dr. Christian Bentley works as an orthopedist and sports medicine specialist. Dr. Bentley's areas of clinical interest consist of sports health and orthopedic surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan. His education and training includes medical school at Rush Medical College and residency at Rush University Medical Center. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Dr. Bentley welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Sports Health, Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Dana Curtis Covey, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
1200 Garden View Road
Encinitas, CA
 

Dr. Dana Covey practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine in San Diego, CA and Encinitas, CA. He is affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS). Dr. Covey studied medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Natalie N Voskanian, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Sports Medicine
1200 Garden View Road
Encinitas, CA
 

Dr. Natalie Voskanian's specialty is sports medicine. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Kenneth Craig Vitale, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Sports Medicine
1200 Garden View Road
Encinitas, CA
 

Dr. Kenneth Vitale is a physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and sports medicine specialist in San Diego, CA, La Jolla, CA, and Encinitas, CA. He is a graduate of New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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What is Sports Medicine?

Sports medicine is the specialty that promotes physical fitness and activity while managing, treating, and preventing injuries that happen during exercise or participation in sports. Sports medicine fosters wellness and fitness and works to inhibit injury. A sports medicine specialist may work with professional athletes, school sports teams, individuals who participate in sports on the weekend for fun, or someone who is just beginning to exercise for the first time. Although their main focus is on musculoskeletal function, sports medicine specialists also care for patients’ full medical and nutritional needs as they relate to their active lifestyle.

Some examples of the kinds of injuries and issues that a sports medicine specialist might see in their work include:
  • Acute sports injuries (sprains, fractures)
  • Overuse injuries (tendonitis, bursitis)
  • Head injuries (concussion)
  • Heat injuries (heat stroke)
  • Athletes with chronic illness (asthma, diabetes, heart disease) and how their illness is affected by exercise
  • Nutrition and the use of supplements
  • Developing a safe exercise plan for obese or sedentary patients
  • Substance abuse of performance-enhancing drugs
  • Teaching proper form and technique to reduce the chance of injury

Sports medicine specialists often work closely with orthopedic specialists, and the scope of their work can have some overlap. The main distinction is that orthopedic specialists can perform surgery when it is needed, while sports medicine specialists focus on non-surgical solutions for injuries.

Whether they are the team physicians making sure every professional player is performing safely and at their best, or community specialists getting you back in the game after a sprained ankle, sports medicine doctors are there to make sure you’re in good condition to lead an active life.
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