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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Dr. Stephen S. Chen, MD is centrally located near downtown Walnut Creek, near the important landmarks of Broadway Plaza Shopping Center, Lesher Center for the Arts and Lindsay Wildlife Museum. Our office is just a few short blocks away from the historic downtown neighborhood, which features many hundred-year-old buildings and extensive high-end retail establishments, restaurants and entertainment venues.  If you haven’t visited downtown Walnut Creek, you are truly missing out!

Walnut Creek acts as the financial, cultural and political hub of the area as it is centrally located at the intersection of highways 680 and 24, south of Las Trampas Regional Wilderness Park and just west of Briones Regional Park. It is situated in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, and about 10 miles east of the cities of Clayton and Tassajara.  Some amazing landmarks in the area include The Ruth Bancroft Garden, Gardens at Heather Farms, Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society and Shadelands Ranch Museum.

This makes Dr. Stephen S. Chen, MD (conveniently located on Botelho Drive) a centrally located sports medicine doctor that specializes in helping athletes and active adults promote good health and healing through therapeutic ultrasound procedures and platelet-rich plasma therapy. can be easily found throughout Contra Costa County, California, including the surrounding communities of Concord, Pleasant Hill, Orinda, Lafayette, Danville, Moraga, and Alamo.

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Directions From Oakland International Airport to Dr. Stephen S. Chen, MD 
, 1777 Botelho Drive, Suite 110 Walnut Creek, CA 94596: Get on I-880 North from 98th Avenue for 4 minutes. Follow I-880 North and CA-24 East to Walnut Creek. Take exit 15A from CA-24 East for  21 minutes. Follow Mt Diablo Blvd and Alpine Rd to Botelho Drive for 2 minutes.

Directions From San Francisco International Airport to Dr. Stephen S. Chen, MD 
, 1777 Botelho Drive, Suite 110 Walnut Creek, CA 94596: Get on US-101 North from Airport Access Road for 4 minutes. Follow US-101 North, I-80 East and CA-24 East to Walnut Creek. Take exit 15A from CA-24 E for 33 minutes. Follow Mt Diablo Blvd and Alpine Rd to Botelho Drive for 2 minutes.


Dr. Stephen S. Chen, MD

1777 Botelho Drive, Suite 110

Walnut Creek, CA 94596

(925) 934-3536

Hours of Operation

Saturday                Closed

Sunday        Closed

Monday                     9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuesday                      9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wednesday                   9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thursday                      9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Friday                        9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Dr. Stephen S. Chen, MD is the best Sports medicine physician in Walnut Creek, California. At our clinic we proudly offer:




      The Top Sports medicine physician available in Walnut Creek, California and the surrounding communities.




      A board-certified Pediatrician and Sports Medicine Doctor specializing in the non-operative medical treatment of a wide variety of various musculoskeletal conditions.




      Pediatrician with over 10 years of professional experience and skills to help relieve sports injuries including chronic and acute pain.




      Friendly and supportive Orthopedic clinic staff able to provide pain relief therapies without surgery to male and female patients suffering from Shoulder Pain and Injuries, Shoulder Injuries, Elbow Injuries, Wrist and Hand Injuries, Back and Hip Injuries, Knee and Shin Injuries, Ankle and Foot Injuries, Head Pain and Injuries and Concussions.




      The top Sports Medicine Clinic throughout Contra Costa County – if you need a caring, patient and kind doctor, look no further than Dr. Chen!




      Highly reviewed, certified and award-winning doctor for athletes recognized as the premier expert in the Lafayette, Orinda, Concord, Danville region.




      An experienced, affordable sports doctor located next to the the heart of downtown Walnut Creek, adjacent to Saranap, Castle Hill, Walnut Knolls and Blackwood neighborhoods.




      Walnut Creek’s top pain relief specialist for people seeking relief from Chronic and Acute Pain from Athletic Injuries.




      A sports team physician for local high schools like Northgate High School in Walnut Creek, California.




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