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Dr. Rowan Paul

Sports Medicine
San Francisco, CA
17 years experience male

Locations

Office

San Francisco, CA

Address

3838 California St, Suite 715 , 2100 Webster St, Suite 109, San Francisco, CA
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 8:30am - 12pm
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Fax

4154611840

Insurances accepted

Blue Cross of California

Blue Shield of California

Cigna

Humana Insurance Company

UnitedHealthcare

Great-West Healthcare

Aetna Life Insurance Company

About

Bio

Rowan Paul, M.D. is a Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician, non-operative, micro-invasive regenerative orthopedist and board certified Family Physician who treats all athletes, from Professional San Francisco Ballet, and Oakland Athletics players to active weekend warriors of all ages in a compassionate, comprehensive manner. Dr. Paul has a particular interest in advancing health care both from the side of improving patient and physician timely access to quality health information, as well as clinically in medicine and orthopedics transition from damage control treatment to preventive and regenerative medicine. Dr. Rowan Paul uses High Resolution Musculoskeletal Ultrasound for dynamic diagnosis of musculoskeletal problems of all joints, ligaments, tendons and cartilage whenever possible. He does Musculoskeletal Ultrasound guided minimally invasive procedures and injections, often helping to regenerate tendons, free entrapped nerves, sports hernias and treat various acute and chronic injury. Treatment options include the use of Platelet Rich Plasma, Dextrose, Bone Marrow, Fat and Amniotic Derived Stem Cells and other injectates. These are used for tough, refractory tendonitis and tendinopathy of many joints including the elbow, wrist, shoulder, ankle, and foot. Dr. Paul, also does a procedure called hydro-dissection of carpal and cubital tunnel and sciatic notch. His goal is to have all his patients be regularly physically active so they can live healthier, more productive lives.

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.

Sports Medicine

Family Medicine

Orthopedic Surgery

Doctor Q&A

112 Answers
29 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Osteoarthritis: You may have underlying osteoarthritis. Walking helps with circulation to the knee, and to strengthen and stabilize the knee. An xray and physical ex... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Primary care or pulm: Many family docs or internists can do pulmonary function tests. Almost all pulmonologists or critical care docs can do pulmonary function tests. Talk ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
OralAllergySyndrome: It is very common in people who also suffer from hayfever or allergic rhinitis. It's also called fruit-pollen syndrome. Peeling your fruit can help re... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Muscle, nerve: Probably a rhomboid strain, scapular bursitis, costotransverse or costovertebral joint problem where the ribs meet the spine, , or a costochondritis (... Read More
A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
For most people safe: Amlodipine is used for hypertension treatment. It dilates blood vessels by reducing smooth muscle tone, lowering blood pressure. It is safe unless you... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Controversial: Prophylactic antiobiotic use after molar removal may be unnecessary for the otherwise healthy patient. There is a good study (author poeschl), compari... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Fluid balance: Sildenafil, a phosphodiesterase 5 inhibitor, can active affect your fluid balance and flow through your kidney, bladder, as well as have effects on y... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Possibly: If you are injecting insulin, get sick, have bad morning sickness, you are at risk for developing hypoglycemia (low blood glucose). Prevent this by ch... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Prostaglandins: Sorry for your pain. If you are someone that produces a lot of prostaglandins during your period, you can get stronger menstrual cramps which can radi... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Depends on timing: Immediately after surgery, ice is most likely to help with pain, and inflammation and will also help with swelling. Some surgeons use ice machines. Af... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Bad bruise of...: ...The bones of the knee, with damage to the soft tissues, but usually without fracture, cartilage, ligamentous, or tendinous damage. Responds well ov... Read More
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Not on metformin?: How comfortable is his doctor treating complicated uncontrolled diabetes. What was his hemaglobin a1c? If it is over 7%= is not good. >8 is very conce... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Exercise Yoga: Hatha yoga is a popular, holistic yoga style/path that includes many core strengthening and stablization exercises, stress reduction techniques with ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Probably go down: Most likely your blood pressure will go down. Follow the dash diet rich in fruits, vegetables, low in salt. Aerobic exercise, and slow, sustainable we... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Probably not normal: I would see the anesthesiologist, to rule out a dural leak, especially if you back pain is associated with headaches
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Outside vs inside: Inside the knee, i worry about your meniscus which could be torn or bruised. Torn acl, PCL could cause instability and clicking. If in front of knee, ... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Reaction of body: Inflammation is the response of your body, specifically vascular tissue to protect against a perceived injury, threat or infection. Acute or chronic.... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
NO: If you mean methylprednisolone, the generic for cadista, then no, there are no known interactions report, based on the epocrates database used by phys... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Many choices: Start by eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, especially soy which have phytoestrogens. Drink lots of water. Heating pad over your lower belly where y... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Rarely.: Are you taking Kariva regularly every day? If you are, and missed your period, continue taking the pill daily but let your doctor know. Kariva has est... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
A few weeks to month: You could get ovulate within a few weeks to about one month however, if you've been on it for a long time, some women take 6 months to a year to ovula... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Nerve impingement : You probably have one of the following, tarsal tunnel syndrome, Lumbar raduculopathy (nerve pinching in spine), some kind of peripheral neuropathy, o... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Needs to be evaluate: You may have a chronic infection somewhere in your arm, or it could be more serious like a tumor. OR it may be a reactive lymph node from a previous i... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Usually successful: While surgery for most acute cuff tears are 60-80% successful, there are now new treatment options that are minimally invasive such as ultrasound guid... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Can be difficult: Depends on which part your are trying to stabilize. Athletic tape, kinesiotape/rock tape are best. I recommend mcconnell taping. There are many videos... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Antiinflammatory: Diclofenac is an excellent anti-inflammatory that is used for many purposes such as tendonitis, arthritis, post procedure or surgical pain. It has the... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Trauma, posture &...: Weakness. Whiplash or sudden traumatic forces are common causes but so are improper posture while sitting, bad ergonomics, and lack of exercise, movem... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Perfectly safe: Use a towel, or menstrual cup but if you are comfortable with it, it is perfectly safe to have sex during periods.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Lotions and meds: Try aquaphor lotion. There are many other lotions over the counter that can help like johnson's creamy baby oil, cetaphil, arbonne's abc lotion, etc.... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Many causes: You could have a meniscal tear, a cartilage defect or fluid in the knee that makes the knee hurt. In older people, osteoarthritis is a cause. Sometime... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Large prostate or...: In middle aged to older men, the most common cause is an enlarged prostate blocking the flow of urine but there are other causes like neurogenic probl... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Cardio doc to clear: ...You for take off. There are so many different heart conditions, some very benign like a mitral valve prolapse, to very dangerous like heart failur... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Many choices: Try daily moisturizers that are less greasy like kiehls, cetaphil, neutrogena and eucerin. However, think hydration from the inside and drink a lot mo... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Pain, swelling...: ... Decreased painful range of motion, strength deficits, night pain, persistent symptoms more than three or four days. If you have point tenderness, ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Peristalsis: This is normal. You intestines/bowels are moving, helping to digest and move waste downward, especially after eating and exercise. If you have pain, n... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Yeast treatment: Pityriasis versicolor is caused by a yeast. Miconazole, ketoconazole and Clotrimazole can help get rid of the yeast. Discoloration may last months. Co... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Serious vs non: Migraines are commonly one sided. Occipital neuralgia (occipital nerve irritation, impingement, neck arthritis) in the back of the head/neck, is anoth... Read More
A 69-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Call Doc or go to ER: Fatigue is a common side-effect of heart meds like beta blockers, ace inhibitors, arb's, diuretics and calcium channel blockers used with people with... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Two different things: If you do daily weights you can tell. Fluid retention can result in rapid weight gain over days, and you may have swelling in your lower extremities. ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Depends on injury: It depends on the injury. Pilates is especially helpful to regain core strength and stability after a back/spine injury once cleared by your doctor. I... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Resolving infection: When did you start Doxycycline and how many days ago did you take it? You may have had a skin infection such as MRSA. There could be residual infecti... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Great question. Mayb: Maybe . In theory the LARS ligament acts like a structural scaffold for remanants of your ACL tear that are vascularized. Early studies are promising ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Exercise! : At your age, aerobic exercise most days of the week and 3 days a week of high intensity exercise (HIT) protocol. Stick with low glycemic index food/l... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Cubical tunnel or...: Most commonly an ulnar nerve compression at the elbow, or less likely a nerve root being pinched at the neck. Avoid sleeping with you arm bent under ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Try Tylenol (acetaminophen): Ibuprofen can help the pain but it can also cause stomach lining inflammation/gastritis or even stomach ulcers. Try Tylenol (acetaminophen) over the c... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Consistent one: Good for you for wanting to exercise and take charge of fibromyalgia. I recommend low impact aerobic exercise daily, with light or body weight calisth... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Yes: Ankle fractures may take 2 weeks to show up on xray so initial er films may be erroneously negative. A primary care sports medicine physician, rehab ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Timing is everything: Lateral epicondylitis (acute) or epicondylosis (chronic)/ tennis elbow= common. Pain with gripping, pouring over the lateral (outside) epicondyle of t... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Potentially: Depends on the chronicity, type and severity of the problem. A good sports medicine physician, orthopedist is key. If it's not responding to physical ... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
YES!: The most effective preventative and treatment for health. Exercise can treat and help prevent cancer, hypertension, heart attack, strokes, anxiety, de... Read More

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Apr 16, 2013
I've had a lot of injuries over the years from playing sports and have seen many Orthopedic specialists, Dr. Paul is one of my favorite doctors. Highly recommend him, very knowledgable, great bedside ...Read More
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Aug 25, 2015
If not for Dr Paul I wouldn't have been able to recover from my achilles tendon injury within six weeks, in time to run the Machu Picchu marathon (rated the world's most difficult) pain free! https:/...Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Paul is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! thank you, as you have given me more explanation and thought that my surgeon cared to give me , and given me some hope that people with hyper mobility can maybe get some...Read More
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I kinda think it might just be in my head also cuz it don't hurt and I tend to worry and think about it all the time. When I don't its fine
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Thanks for your quick reply! Can yuo give me a guide line for my food intake. Im 5ft 7inch & 76kg.. I swim 5x a week, run 3x a week.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Albany Medical College, NY
Graduated 2005MD

Residency

Stanford University/ O'Connor Hospital

Awards

Operation Rainbow Medical/Surgical Mission- Most Valuable Team Member, San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Brown University Academic Scholarship
Undergraduate Teaching and Research Assistantship Fellowship-Brown University

Affiliations

American Medical Society For Sports Medicine
California Academy Of Family Physicians
American Academy Of Family Physicians

Publications

Persistent Hip Pain in a Football Player
Pharmacist Support for Selling Syringes Without a Prescription to Injection Drug Users in Rhode Island
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