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 hand surgeon, orthopedist, and sports medicine specialist. Patients gave Dr. Lewis an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. His professional affiliations include John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek and John Muir Physician Network. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. He attended Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then went on to complete his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York Orthopaedic Hospital.

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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 specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Preston include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). His hospital/clinic affiliations include John Muir Medical Center, Concord, John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek, and John Muir Physician Network. He is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases.

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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 specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Her areas of expertise consist of arthroscopic surgery, sports health, and orthopedic surgery. Dr. Romero accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Romero obtained her medical school training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and performed her residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, Sutter Delta Medical Center, and John Muir Medical Center, Concord. She 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 an orthopedic reconstructive surgeon and sports medicine specialist in Concord, CA and Brentwood, CA. His professional affiliations include John Muir Medical Center, Concord, John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek, and John Muir Physician Network. Dr. Merson accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Merson has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks 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 is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. After attending the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Michlitsch has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Michlitsch's hospital/clinic 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 is a physician who specializes in family medicine and sports medicine. She attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. She trained at Forest Park Hospital for her residency. Dr. Hohman's areas of expertise include sports health. She has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is in-network for Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. Dr. Hohman is 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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