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' areas of specialization are hand surgery, orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and sports medicine; he sees patients in Walnut Creek, CA, San Ramon, CA, and Brentwood, CA. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Lewis graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. His residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York Orthopaedic Hospital. He is affiliated with John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek and John Muir Physician Network. Dr. Lewis is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Pain, Sports Health, Tumor, Osteoporosis, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder 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 practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. She has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Romero's clinical interests include arthroscopic surgery, sports health, and orthopedic surgery. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Sutter Delta Medical Center, and John Muir Medical Center, Concord. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Romero is open to new patients. She graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She is conversant in Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Meniscus Repair, Sports Health, Foot Surgery, Shoulder Replacement, Arthroscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Charles Preston sees patients in Walnut Creek, CA, San Ramon, CA, and Brentwood, CA. His medical specialties are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Preston is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and a graduate of NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases' residency program. His clinical interests include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. His hospital/clinic affiliations include John Muir Medical Center, Concord, John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek, and John Muir Physician Network.

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Clinical interests: Sports Health, Hip Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, ... (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 specialist in adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery and sports medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include John Muir Medical Center, Concord, John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek, and John Muir Physician Network. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. After attending the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, Dr. Merson completed his residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Merson has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish.

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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. Dr. Michlitsch attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for residency. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. 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's specialties are family medicine and sports medicine. She practices in Walnut Creek, CA. After completing medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Forest Park Hospital. In her practice, she is particularly interested in sports health. The average patient rating for Dr. Hohman is 4.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. Dr. Hohman is professionally affiliated with 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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