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We found 3 sports medicine providers who accept Health Net HMO near La Jolla, CA.

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Specializes in Physiatry, Sports Medicine
9834 Genesee Avenue; 223b
La Jolla, CA

Dr. Robert Scott is a physician who specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and sports medicine. His areas of expertise consist of pain management and sports health. Dr. Scott is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and then he performed his residency at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, VA Wadsworth Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Scott is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Sharp HealthCare. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Sports Health, Pain Management

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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
9850 Genesee Avenue; Suite 650
La Jolla, CA

Dr. Christian Bentley's specialties are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bentley include sports health and musculoskeletal surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Bentley is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Rush Medical College, he performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Dr. Bentley has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Sports Health, Musculoskeletal Surgery

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Specializes in Family Medicine, Sports Medicine
9333 Genesee Avenue; Suite 200
San Diego, CA

Dr. Alan Shahtaji's medical specialty is family medicine and sports medicine. Dr. Shahtaji is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He obtained his medical school training at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

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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.