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

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

Dr. Michael Skyhar works as an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist in Encinitas, CA. His areas of clinical interest consist of knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and sports health. Dr. Skyhar takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Skyhar has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Dr. Skyhar has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Sports Health, Orthopedic 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 practices trauma surgery, orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and sports medicine in Escondido, CA, Encinitas, CA, and San Diego, CA. Dr. Pennock has a special interest in musculoskeletal problems and hip problems. He is affiliated with Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Pennock takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sharp Health Plan, and more.

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Clinical interests: Musculoskeletal Problems, Hip 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 orthopedist and sports medicine specialist in Encinitas, CA. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Loren's clinical interests: arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and pain. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Loren attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Loren completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Orthopedic Surgery

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
1200 Garden View Road
Encinitas, CA
 

Dr. Dana Covey is a physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Covey attended medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He is affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS).

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

Dr. Stephen Nichols is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nichols include arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and pain. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. After completing medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Dr. Nichols performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with McGill University. His professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Orthopedic Surgery, Hand Problems

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

Dr. Christian Bentley's specialties are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He practices in Vista, CA, Carlsbad, CA, and La Jolla, CA. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. In Dr. Bentley's practice, he is particularly interested in sports health and orthopedic surgery. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan. He obtained his medical school training at Rush Medical College and performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Bentley's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Sports Health, Orthopedic Surgery

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

Dr. Natalie Voskanian is a physician who specializes in sports medicine. Dr. Voskanian honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine.

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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 takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Vitale is a graduate of New York University (NYU) School of Medicine.

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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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