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We found 6 sports medicine providers who accept Blue Shield of California PPO near Encinitas, CA.

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

Dr. Michael Skyhar is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He works in Encinitas, CA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Skyhar include sports health and musculoskeletal surgery. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net. Dr. Skyhar 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 has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. 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, Musculoskeletal Surgery

Dr. Patrick Joseph Padilla, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
351 Santa Fe Drive; Suite 100
Encinitas, CA
 

Dr. Patrick Padilla specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine and practices in Encinitas, CA and San Clemente, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Padilla include sports health and musculoskeletal surgery. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Padilla graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Padilla is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Sports Health, Musculoskeletal Surgery

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

Dr. Andrew Pennock is a trauma surgeon, orthopedic surgeon, and sports medicine specialist in Escondido, CA, Encinitas, CA, and San Diego, CA. These areas are among his clinical interests: musculoskeletal problems and hip problems. Dr. Pennock is affiliated with Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego and Vail Valley Medical Center. He attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). On average, patients gave Dr. Pennock a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Musculoskeletal Problems, Hip Problems

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

Dr. Christian Bentley is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bentley include sports health and musculoskeletal surgery. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He graduated from Rush Medical College and then he performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Bentley accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Sports Health, Musculoskeletal Surgery

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

Dr. Stephen Nichols' specialties are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He practices in Encinitas, CA. He studied medicine at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with McGill University. Dr. Nichols has indicated that his clinical interests include musculoskeletal surgery. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Nichols's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Musculoskeletal Surgery, Hand Problems

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

Dr. Gregory Loren is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine specialist in Encinitas, CA. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Loren include musculoskeletal surgery. Dr. Loren is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Loren is open to new patients. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

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Clinical interests: Musculoskeletal Surgery

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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.