We found 6 sports medicine providers who accept Blue Shield of California HMO near Walnut Creek, CA.

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Dr. Denise M Romero, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
2021 Mt. Diablo Boulevard; #100
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Denise Romero's areas of specialization are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine; she sees patients in Torrance, CA, Walnut Creek, CA, and Antioch, CA. Dr. Romero's clinical interests encompass arthroscopic surgery, sports health, and orthopedic surgery. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Before performing her residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Romero attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. She speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Sutter Delta Medical Center, and John Muir Medical Center, Concord. Dr. Romero is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Meniscus Repair, Foot Surgery, Shoulder Replacement, Orthopedic Surgery, Hip Replacement, Knee ... (Read more)

Dr. John Kenneth Merson, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery, Sports Medicine
1800 Sutter Street; Suite 100
Concord, CA
 

Dr. John Merson sees patients in Concord, CA and Brentwood, CA. His medical specialties are adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery and sports medicine. He is professionally affiliated with John Muir Medical Center, Concord, John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek, and John Muir Physician Network. Dr. Merson is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Merson has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Specializes in Family Medicine, Sports Medicine
1150 Civic Drive; Suite 100
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Julia Hohman specializes in family medicine and sports medicine. Dr. Hohman attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. She trained at Forest Park Hospital for residency. Her areas of expertise include sports health. Dr. Hohman is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She is in-network for Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. Her professional affiliations include John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek and John Muir Physician Network.

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Clinical interests: Sports Health

Dr. Donald McCall Lewis, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
2405 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Donald Lewis is a medical specialist in hand surgery, orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and sports medicine. Before completing his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York Orthopaedic Hospital, Dr. Lewis attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lewis is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek and John Muir Physician Network. He is open to new patients.

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Dr. Charles Francis Preston, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
2405 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Charles Preston is an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Preston include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Preston honors. Dr. Preston attended the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and subsequently trained at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases for residency. He is professionally affiliated with John Muir Medical Center, Concord, John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek, and John Muir Physician Network.

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Dr. Michael Gary Michlitsch, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
2405 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
 

Dr. Michael Michlitsch specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine and practices in Walnut Creek, CA, San Ramon, CA, and Brentwood, CA. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Michlitsch's hospital/clinic affiliations include John Muir Medical Center, Concord, John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek, and John Muir Physician Network. He honors Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Michlitsch obtained his medical school training at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and performed his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center.

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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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