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

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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 specialist in hand surgery, orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and sports medicine. He is affiliated with John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek and John Muir Physician Network. He attended Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school and subsequently trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York Orthopaedic Hospital for residency. Dr. Lewis's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Lewis is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Pain, Sports Health, Tumor, Osteoporosis, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Charles Preston's areas of specialization are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. These areas are among Dr. Preston's clinical interests: knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). His professional affiliations include John Muir Medical Center, Concord, John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek, and John Muir Physician Network. He is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and a graduate of NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases' residency program. He takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Sports Health, Hip Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Denise Romero sees patients in Walnut Creek, CA, Torrance, CA, and Antioch, CA. Her medical specialties are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Romero is especially interested in arthroscopic surgery, sports health, and orthopedic surgery. She is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. She trained at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center for her residency. In addition to English, Dr. Romero speaks Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Sutter Delta Medical Center, and John Muir Medical Center, Concord. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Meniscus Repair, Sports Health, Foot Surgery, Shoulder Replacement, Arthroscopic Surgery, ... (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 is a physician who specializes in adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Merson accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and a graduate of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center's residency program. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include 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 is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Before completing his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, Dr. Michlitsch attended medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include John Muir Medical Center, Concord, John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek, and John Muir Physician Network.

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

Dr. Julia Hohman works as a family practitioner and sports medicine specialist in Walnut Creek, CA. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. She has a special interest in sports health. Dr. Hohman is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. Before completing her residency at Forest Park Hospital, Dr. Hohman attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. Dr. Hohman's professional affiliations include John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek and John Muir Physician Network.

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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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