Dr. Ahimsa porter Sumchai md

Sports Medicine
San Francisco, CA
female

Locations

Golden State MD Health & Wellness

San Francisco, CA

Address

3556 Sacramento, San Francisco, CA, United States
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My office hours

Thursday: 10am - 2:00pm
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Fax

4159887595

About

Bio

Ahimsa Porter Sumchai MD, NSCA-CPT is celebrating 11 years in practice offering medical, fitness, nutrition and Telehealth services in San Francisco and California 7 days a week. UCSF and Stanford Fellowship trained in surgery and emergency medicine, Dr. Sumchai became a diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine in 1992, and established a sports medicine practice in San Francisco at Back To Sports on West Portal Avenue in 2006 after serving for ten seasons as an emergency physician for the San Francisco Giants MLB at Candlestick Park Stadium. Published in international peer review journals in the topic areas of spine trauma and helicopter transport, environmental health and the exercise prescription, Dr. Sumchai is author of The 21st Century Upright Woman.

Specialties
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Sports Medicine

Emergency Medicine

Environmental Health

Holistic Medicine

Integrative Medicine

Licenses

United States: California

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

83 Answers
9 Agrees
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ahimsa porter Sumchai md
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Sleep Study Needed: Obstructive sleep apnea, major depression with vegetative symptoms, hypothyroidism and low testosterone are all in the differential diagnosis of hyper... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
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Fasciotimy: I responded to your question about exercise induced compartment syndrome and facial hernias due to increased compartmental pressures in athletes like ... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
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High fiber CHO: As a certified sports nutritionist I urge you to focus on overall caloric restriction as opposed to restriction of important macro and micro nutrients... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
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Protein & Nutrients!: American seniors are the population at greatest risk for protein calorie malnutrition and those with diabetes must avoid high glycemic processed foods... Read More
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A member asked:
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Strength training: Strength training using the hypertrophy formula or 80% maximum strength capacity for select multi joint exercises is the natural way to increase lean ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
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Wrist Pain: You may not be able to tell the difference between a wrist sprain or fracture in the immediate aftermath of a FOSH-fall on outstretched hand injury wi... Read More
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A 98-year-old female asked:
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Scoliosis: The most common cause of asymmetry of the thoracic cavity and rib cage I see daily in my practice is a malalignment of the spine due to scoliosis or k... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
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Humeral Cysts: Cystic changes are seen in the head of the humerus on MRI scan of the mature shoulder in the bone marrow of the greater tuberosity where the rotator c... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
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Rapid Heart Rate: Your blood pressure is great but your HR is notably high for a conditioned athlete. Most endurance athletes achieve HR's in the 60bpm range. The heart... Read More
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A male asked:
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Conjunctivitis: People with atopy and sensitivity to environmental allergens present with a profile of symptoms when exposed to triggering events that include transie... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
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Fatty Degeneration: Diffuse cholesteatosis is the term used to describe fatty degeneration with cholesterol esters. It is a process observed in both the biliary tract and... Read More
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A female asked:
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DJD: By age 50 virtually everyone has signs of degeneration in the anterior compartment of the knee- the patella and tendon,,bursa and ligaments. The impor... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
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Consult Orthopedist: I would give your orthopedist an immediate call for bloody drainage in an amount significant enough to soak through gauze and a plaster splint. I also... Read More
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A female asked:
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Achilles Rupture: Please seek ER or urgent care evaluation now. You are describing a rupture of the Achilles' tendon that will likely require surgical reattachment. In ... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
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Coccyx Fracture: An abrupt vertical deceleration injury to the butt can result in a coccyx fracture that would not show up on X-ray unless the bone fragments displace... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
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Typical Aura : A specific migraine syndrome called Typical Aura Without Headache has been described in which an aura- most often visual- emerges not followed by head... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
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Lumbar pain: I can tell by your list of ankle injuries you may be active or athletic. The sensation of tightness in your lumbar region would best respond to stretc... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
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Thumb Pain: Common things occur commonly and in a young adult with pain in the thumb of the dominant hand and no history of fall or acute injury to the hand, you ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
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Mixed Pain Syndrome: You have two separate and very distinct causes of chronic severe disabling pain. Complex regional pain syndrome neuropathic pain Your frozen shoulder... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
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Energy Balance: It would be most helpful to know what your current body weight is and it's relationship to your height. This is called BMI. What is most helpful is yo... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
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Six weeks & RICE: An ankle sprain is a serious musculoskeletal injury that accounts for 1 of 10 ER visits in the US and cause pain, swelling and bruising on the outsid... Read More
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A 42-year-old male asked:
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Over age 50-never!: The posterior tibial tendon supports the arch of the foot at the medial ankle. Athletes report pain and collapse of the arch with progressive flat foo... Read More
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A female asked:
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Status Asthmaticus: You were treated with a common bronchodilator for bronchospasm, cough and wheezing secondary to asthma or asthmatic bronchitis. Lack of oxygen can hav... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
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Repetitive Strain: Walking, hiking or running long distances produces symptoms of repetitive strain or cumulative trauma in toes similar to keyboard operators rapid sequ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
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Fasciitis vs node: The insertions of the muscles that extend the neck - trapezius, splenius and semispinalis capitus insert on the occiput and when you evaluate 10 peopl... Read More
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GERD: GERD symptoms are worsened by late night eating, eating in excess and consumption of high fat processed foods that are poorly digested. The first appr... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
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Posterior lymph node: Major cervical lymph node groups are located in "chains' along the anterior and posterior aspects of the neck. Posterior lymph nodes are located at th... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
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Premature DDD: I authored a book about degenerative disc disease offering interventions proven to protect your height and posture. Premature degenerative disc disea... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
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Rule out fracture: The bruising you describe may be the result of soft tissue damage caused by the crush injury to your toe from the blunt trauma of the heavy can. It is... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
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Tib/Fib Instability: Pain in the lateral knee and tenderness of the fibula may be due to Tib/Fib instability, a rare condition seen in runners and cyclists, associated wit... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
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Spinal cord disorder: I trained in neurosurgery and am an author/researcher in spinal trauma. My experience with myelopathy and neuropathic pain is both personal and profes... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
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Reactive Lymph Nodes: Yes. The posterior auricular nodes drain the ear and posterior scalp. I would expect them to react if you underwent an ear piercing complicated by inf... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
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Hyperhydrosis: I have treated patients with profuse sweating triggered by sympathetic nervous system hyperarousal of stress and panic. Most complain of visible persp... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
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By age 60 100%!: I had the opportunity to respond to a similar question you posted in which you indicate you have premature lumbar degeneration. a disc bulge and facet... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
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Large Local Reaction: You probably are experiencing what is called a large local reaction to an insect sting. It can last for several days, especially if you did not remove... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
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Ankle Reinjury: It is not wise to resume an explosive kicking pivoting sport like soccer with an ankle sprain and return to sport recommendations depend upon the seve... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
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Hemoptysis: Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes that carry air to and from the lungs. Acute bronchitis is the most common cause of hemoptysis - c... Read More
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A male asked:
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Phase I Wrist Rehab: It would be helpful to know your age and mechanism of injury. Osteomyelitis is hard to diagnose in an UC. Do you mean osteoarthritis? Wrist dislocati... Read More
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A male asked:
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Sprain/rotator cuff: The most common cause of shoulder pain and impingement of abduction and overhead reach in the setting of weight lifting is a rotator cuff tendinitis o... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
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Normal BMI 6': You are very tall and your ideal weight is an important question for you because there are compressive impacts on your spine and joints from your heig... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
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Seek Urgent Care!: Peritoneal signs suggest an infection that may be serious from appendicitis to urinary tract. I urge you to seek urgent care evaluation.
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A male asked:
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No!: Skiing is an activity that worsens the injurious mechanical load on a mallet thumb - an uncommon injury compared with mallet finger. Din and Meggitt d... Read More
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A male asked:
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Quadriceps Strain: Quadriceps femoris muscle group is Latin for "four headed muscle of the femur". It is one of the most important muscle groups contributing to upright ... Read More
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A male asked:
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Stern also pain: Possibly...but you may be feeling pain in the sternum that is musculoskeletal and myofascial triggered by stretch of the pectoralis muscle by overhead... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
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Atypical Migraines: Atypical migraines lack features of classic migraines including aura, prodrome, maternal lineage history of migraines and clear triggers but still pre... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
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Chamomile is calming: Many people benefit from the calming effects of chamomile tea and it should not harm you taken on a regular basis. Chamomile tea is non caffeinated an... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
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CBD per rectum: Yes, I have an alternative therapy to propose that is receiving rave reviews. The cannabinoid CBD-patented as a neuroprotectant by the US government i... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
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Cyst versus Lipoma: It can be difficult to tell the difference between a fluid filled cyst and a soft benign fatty lipoma if you are not a doctor. Both lesions present as... Read More
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A 72-year-old female asked:
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Pilates and Yoga: As the author of a book on the upright spine, spinal malalignments and degenerative disc disease, I assure you ample evidence supports the role of Pi... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
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Exercise Asthma: I was surprised to learn that up to 80% of children with asthma have exercise induced asthma caused by reversible airway constriction triggered by exe... Read More
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Testimonials
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HealthTap member
Nov 15, 2021
Dr.Sumchai saved my life after I sustained a head injury and identity theft during the COVID 19 shutdown in 2020.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I am sure that there are more up-to-date clinical type info out there than one study 12 years ago. Thanks for the research on this anyway.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you, I will certainly take your advise. I greatly appreciate it. Very helpful.
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Your answer was very helpful, thanks! Loved your view on fasting-induced stress. 12-hr fasts are best.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UC San Francisco School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 1981MD

Residency

university of California San Francisco
Completed 1984

Awards

UCSF Medical Alumni Association Alumni of the Year Award
2021
Presidential Who's Who Among Business and Professional Achievers as a VIP for 2008-2009.
San Francisco Public High Schools Reunion Medical Achievement Award
2019
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