Sports Medicine Doctor in Walnut Creek, California – Dr. Stephen S. Chen, MD

About the Practice

Dr. Chen sees patients at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital Center for Sports Medicine in Walnut Creek. The Center for Sports Medicine has been promoting good health and healing for professional and nonprofessional athletes and active adults for more than three decades. A full range of diagnostic and treatment services are available including onsite x-ray imaging. Additional services are available including diagnostic and therapeutic ultrasound procedures and platelet-rich plasma therapy. Being a part of The Center for Sports Medicine allows Dr. Chen quick access to a multidisciplinary team of orthopedic surgeons, podiatrists, physiatrists, and physical therapists to return you to your highest functional level quickly and safely.


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Conditions Treated

A Sports Medicine doctor specializes in diagnosing and treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal issues.
Below is a small list of common problems occurring in both adults and children which Dr. Chen commonly treats.

  • Shoulder Pain and Injuries - Stephen S. Chen, MD

    Shoulder Injuries

      The shoulder is one of the most important parts of the human body. Being one of the largest and the most complex joints in the body, the sho ...

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  • Elbow Injuries

      The Primary Function and Anatomy of the Elbow    The elbow joint is a complex hinge joint.  The function of the elbow joint is to ...

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  • Wrist and Hand Injuries

      The wrist is a complex joint that connects your hand to your forearm.  Rather than one big joint, it is actually made up of multiple small ...

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  • Back and Hip Injuries

      The back is a very common area of pain and injury, especially the lumbar spine.  It is estimated that lower back pain may affect as much as ...

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  • Knee and Shin Injuries

      The knee is one of the most stressed and largest joints in the body.  It is vital for movement and is a joint that can be rather vulnerable ...

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  • Ankle and Foot Injuries

      Injuries to the foot and ankle are among the most frequently occurring musculoskeletal injuries.  Ankle injuries commonly occur when the an ...

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Frequently Asked Questions

A primary care sports medicine physician specializes in the nonsurgical treatment of musculoskeletal, orthopedic and sports medicine injuries and conditions, whereas an orthopedic surgeon is trained in the operative treatment of those same conditions. However, approximately 90% of all sports injuries are non-surgical. A sports medicine physician is an expert in the bio mechanics of the body and has specialized training in both the treatment and prevention of injury. I can help patients determine whether their condition requires surgery or can be managed by other types of treatment.

No, sports medicine physicians are experts in treating both acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries. Whether you are injured participating in sports or not, I can help diagnose the problem and get you feeling better.

A primary care sports medicine physician has advanced training in the science of sports medicine. The training is extensive and includes 4 years of medical school, 3 to 4 years of residency, and 1 to 2 years of fellowship training. They are required to pass a certification exam in sports medicine in order to receive a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine (CAQSM) with recertification every 10 years. This certification helps the public distinguish a certified sports medicine physician from other physicians treating injuries without this specialized training.

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