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Dr. James Chen

Orthopaedic Surgery
San Francisco, CA
16 years experience male

Locations

SportsMed Orthopaedic Group Inc.

San Francisco, CA

Address

3000 California Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA, US
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Fax

4154415096

Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Blue Cross of California

Blue Shield of California

CIGNA Health Care

Coventry Health Care

UnitedHealthcare

Health Net Of California

About

Bio

Dr. Chen grew up in Sacramento, California. He has been a soccer enthusiast his entire life and played at nationally-ranked Jesuit High School and in Northern California's Olympic Development program. As a collegiate soccer player he became interested in Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine. He attended Swarthmore College, earned at masters degree at University of California Berkeley, and a medical degree at University of California Davis. He completed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at University of Hawaii/Queens Medical Center where he worked with the University of Hawaii football team and Kamehameha Schools Athletics. He completed a Sports Medicine, Shoulder, and Arthroscopy Fellowship at University of California San Francisco where he worked with Cal Berkeley Basketball and Soccer teams. He also works with USA Sevens Rugby teams. As a fully trained sportsmedicine, knee and shoulder surgeon, Dr. Chen utilizes advanced arthroscopic techniques primarily and all open reconstructive techniques. He also practices general orthopaedics, adult total joint reconstruction of the knee, hip, and shoulder. Having worked with amateur to professional athletes as well as young and masters athletes, Dr. Chen’s philosophy of care is to help a patient return to a specific activity, lifestyle, or sport. Dr. Chen is board eligible by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and is a member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Arthroscopy Association of North America, and International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and 3 children. He enjoys soccer, tennis, and basketball.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Orthopaedic Surgery

Arthroscopy

Knee Surgery

Shoulder Surgery

Sports Medicine

Languages spoken

Mandarin

Doctor Q&A

125 Answers
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
It depends: Likely that there was old venous injury at the time of fracture. Swollen toes can be caused by venous insufficiency (not from trauma), venous clots, l... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
Yes: Excessive exercising can decrease appetite immediately after exercise. However, after a period of rest and cooldown generally the appetite will increa... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
Most likely will: Stiffness after PCL surgery is common because moving and loading the knee too much will not allow the ligament to heal very tightly. Generally, the su... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
No: There is no good evidence that hyperbaric oxygen helps from recovering from a PCL tear. The PCL is a very stout ligament with tremendous scarring cap... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
No: There are no good large studies demonstrating that braces prevent acl injuries. However, most football players (linemen) in college and the pros use t... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
9 months: After acl surgery, the rehab usually takes 9 months to a year, depending on how how aggressive of a protocol. Typically patients are not allowed to li... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
Stay Hydrated: Dehydration can lead to dry mouth, thirst, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, cramping, or less coordination during exercise. Rather than look for signs o... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
8 to 12 weeks: A standard fractured bone that is in place without major displacement takes 8 to 12 weeks to heal in a healthy person with proper immobilization. Smok... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
Sports Clearance: Pre-participation physical exams screen patients to make sure it is safe to play. The general rule is that any health problems that are identified hav... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
You can't: It depends on location of wound. If incision is on the legs and were recently removed its better to wait until the incision is sealed and water tight.... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
No: This is not normal. See your md for evaluation. There are many causes of bleeding and it should not happen with sporting activity.
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
Eccentric exercises: The best solution for tight hamstrings and Achilles are stretching and eccentric exercises. Eccentric exercises load and strengthen muscle as a muscle... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
It depends: Head injuries vary in severity from minor grade 1 concussions to grade 3 concussions to major head trauma that can cause brain hemorrhage or diffuse b... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
Yes: The heart is a muscular organ and like any muscle can be overworked to the point of failure. Studies have shown that even well trained marathon runner... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
Multi-layer dressing: Use sterile dressing and antibiotic ointment over the exposed skin to prevent infection and promote healing. Use a second layer of dressing or gauze. ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
Probably: If it is truly a bruise and there is no limitation to knee extension then gradual return to activity would be acceptable. I would see your physician t... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
Microtears: There are two theories on muscle soreness after exercise. One theory is that Lactic Acid buildup from anaerobic metabolism causes early pain and cramp... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
Rest and good health: Best way to increase energy is adequate sleep each night, a healthy diet, and adequate exercise. Use of stimulants such as caffeine for energy is tran... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
Plantar fasciitis: Most common is plantar fasciitis and treatment would be calf and Achilles tendon stretching and therapy to loosen up the fibers of the plantar fascia.... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
Accessible fuel: Simple and complex carbohydrates are the first fuels used during exercise. After these are depleted then protein is broken down, then fat. Marathoners... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
No tests but criteri: There are no "tests" for ptsd but rather criteria: a history of exposure to a traumatic event meeting two criteria and symptoms from each of three sym... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
Stay healthy: The best way to heal from a broken arm is the following: -stay healthy and treat any chronic health conditions -stop smoking if you do -adequate calci... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
Hamstring Strength: Hamstring injuries are notoriously nagging injuries for athletes involved in explosive sports that involve sudden sprinting such as soccer, rugby, tra... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
Fibula fracture: A standard fractured bone that is in place without major displacement takes 8 to 12 weeks to heal in a healthy person with proper immobilization. Smok... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
Probably Not: In the setting of fracture care physical therapy is generally used to increase range of motion, strengthen muscles, and accelerate return to activitie... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
2 months: Red blood cells take 6 to 8 weeks to replenish. There are many other components of blood that replenish sooner such as plasma. However, most donation ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
Multiple modalities: Typically a patient must rest and ice and take anti-inflammatories. Physical therapy with eccentric strengthening of the tendon is essential to return... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
Nothing at wrist: You can do exercises at the elbow such as flexion and extension but not pronation and supination. You can do all shoulder exercises.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
No: But it depends on how long after the surgery. Generally the hip will be sore after the surgery due to the trauma of the surgery. It also depends what ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
Depends on injury: If you injured your thumb you should be evaluated by a physician. Xrays should be ordered to rule out a fracture. If it is a dislocation then wearing ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
Seated Groin Stretch: The safest stretch for your groin is the seated groin stretch. This allows you to gradually gain flexibility before attempting an extreme stretching m... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
Pain swelling: A broken bone will be painful and the area of the break will swell. If it is in the legs then you will have difficulty walking. If it is in the upper ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
Depends: Depends on patient age, energy of the fall, and way you land. Older patients usually suffer hip fractures. Younger patients usually suffer soft tissue... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
Depends: Growth plates typically begin to close in the early teens. An injury to the growth plate is a fracture and fractures take 8 to 12 weeks to heal. If th... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
Pain: Exertional compartment syndrome caues pain in the front of the shin after activity or exercise and it typically is relieved after rest. Some patients ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
No: There is no convincing evidence to show that swimming every day is dangerous or hazardous to your health.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
Many: Headaches, dizziness, light sensitivity, confusion, loss of consciousness, nausea, vomiting, slurred speech, fatigue, altered mental status, abnormal ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
Depends: On what you think a "good thing" is. There is no evidence that it is harmful to your health to use gps. My own feeling is that if you always have a co... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
Groin Pain: Injures of the hip joint typically involve groin pain. There may be clicking/catching of the hip when rotating or flexing the hip by bringing the knee... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
Yes: Certain types of tears are better to fix than others. If the patient is young and if the tear is in the vascular peripheral third zone of the meniscus... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
Compression : If you are icing, elevating, taking anti-inflammatories and it is taking a while for the hematoma to go away it means that you are not getting good ci... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
Noncardiac causes: Some non-cardiac causes of chest pain include reflux from the esophagus (gastrointestinal esophageal reflux disease - gerd), costochondritis, and pleu... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
Lots: In general you can have bony or soft tissue injuries of the knee. Bony would be a fracture or cartilage injury. Soft tissue would be a ligament or men... Read More
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
Depends: If you had your own hamstring harvested then pain at 3 weeks back there is reasonable. If you didn't and it is painful and there is a lot of swelling ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
No: Definitely not if your wrist is broken. It takes 8 to 12 weeks for bone to heal in an adult.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
2 to 3 months: It takes between 2 and 3 months for tendons to heal completely. However it depends which tendon and how severe the rupture. If the tendon is not attac... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
Depends where torn: A torn triceps at the attachment of the muscle to bone (the tendon) needs to be re-attached through surgery. If the muscle is torn in the body of the ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
Stay healthy & light: Many uncontrollable factors can contribute to developing osteoarthritis such as genetics, family history, trauma and injury. However many things can b... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
Network of nerves: A plexus is a complex network of nerves. The solar plexus is the common name for the celiac plexus which is located in the abdomen behind the stomach.... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
ABCs (abacavir): Always check the abcs (abacavir) before initiating first aid or cpr: airway breathing circulation.

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Chen is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Chen is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you very much!! It's just confusing information out there including my doctor saying it could take months in healing so I'm looking for the best tips. Thanks!
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I've been struggling with this for many years after my ex almost killed and raped me in front of my child. Thank you.
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Thanks for your quick reply! My husband slipped in the rain and his left hip hurts when he stands or walks.....he is a young 65!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UC Davis School of Medicine, CA
MD

Residency

University of Hawaii/Queens Medical Center

Awards

HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Arthroscopy Association of North America
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
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