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 Pain and 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

    Elbow sprains and strains Tendonitis/Tendinosis (Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow) Little League Elbow Bursitis ...

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  • Wrist and Hand

    Tendonitis/Tendinosis Sprains and strains Growth plate injuries Mallet Finger Trigger Finger ...

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  • Back and Hip

    Hip/groin, hamstring, thigh strains Degenerative spine conditions Spondylolysis Hip bursitis and tendonitis ...

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  • Knee and Shin

    Sprains and strains Runner’s Knee (Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome) Jumper’s knee (Patellar Tendonitis) Osgood-Schlatter Disease IT B ...

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  • Ankle and Foot

    Sprains and strains Growth plate injuries Tendonitis/Tendinosis Plantar Fasciitis Heel Pain (Sever’s Disease) ...

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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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