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We found 5 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. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Dr. Skyhar attended medical school at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine. Dr. Skyhar has indicated that his clinical interests include sports health and musculoskeletal surgery. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net. Dr. Skyhar has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. He is professionally 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. 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's areas of specialization are trauma surgery, orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and sports medicine; he sees patients in Escondido, CA, Encinitas, CA, and San Diego, CA. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Dr. Pennock attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. His clinical interests encompass musculoskeletal problems and hip problems. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego.

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Clinical interests: Musculoskeletal Problems, Hip Problems

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

Dr. Stephen Nichols' medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. His clinical interests encompass musculoskeletal surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Dr. Nichols honors Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is open to new patients. Dr. Nichols's education and training includes medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with McGill University.

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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 specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He is especially interested in musculoskeletal surgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Loren is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. 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). He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Dr. Loren's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Musculoskeletal Surgery

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

Dr. Christian Bentley practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine in Vista, CA, Carlsbad, CA, and La Jolla, CA. Patient ratings for Dr. Bentley average 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: sports health and musculoskeletal surgery. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan. Dr. Bentley's 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. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Sports Health, 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.