Need a doctor in SF Bay!

Need a doctor in SF Bay!

Post by ratho.. » Sun, 04 Dec 2005 07:15:54


Anybody have a good doctor in the SF area that they can recommend?
Preferably somebody that accepts Blue Cross.  I don't mind driving a
little to see a good doctor.

Anyway, I don't have a general practioner that I see up here, so it's
time to find one.  I have a pinched nerve in my neck, and I need to see
somebody...  either a general practictioner or a neurologist (although,
a lot of those guys won't see anybody w/o a referral).

While we're at it, how about orthopaedists?  I'm not crazy about mine.

TIA

kev

 
 
 

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Post by Cliff Fros » Sun, 04 Dec 2005 09:10:18

Kevin,

I strongly recommend that you look for a specialist called a
"Physiatrist".  They specialize in body mechanics and as such they
deal with parapalegics.  Folks like you and me with disk problems
are pieces of cake for them.  They don't do surgery, so they will
typically recommend surgery only if they think it necessary, not
because they have Porsche payment due.

I don't know if she's still in the area, but Dr Barbara Bamman is
an absolutely outstanding Physiatrist who helped my wife and several
friends several years ago.

   Good luck!
           Cliff

Quote:

> Anybody have a good doctor in the SF area that they can recommend?
> Preferably somebody that accepts Blue Cross.  I don't mind driving a
> little to see a good doctor.
> Anyway, I don't have a general practioner that I see up here, so it's
> time to find one.  I have a pinched nerve in my neck, and I need to see
> somebody...  either a general practictioner or a neurologist (although,
> a lot of those guys won't see anybody w/o a referral).
> While we're at it, how about orthopaedists?  I'm not crazy about mine.
> TIA
> kev


 
 
 

Need a doctor in SF Bay!

Post by kike » Sun, 04 Dec 2005 11:33:04

Hey Kevin,

You can try the Center for Sports Medicine at the Saint Francis
Memorial Hospital (415) 353-6400, ask if they have an specialist that
works with Blue Cross. My orthopedic surgeon did my ACL reconstruction
and MCL therapy. They have the PT team and equipment in the same
installations, next door to the doctors.

Hope you get better.

 
 
 

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Post by brad » Mon, 05 Dec 2005 09:30:07

You should go to the Tang Center!

hope you get better. in reality, a GP is probably going to tell you to
see a chiropracter. I'm pretty sure you would need a contrast agent
injected to get a good MRI so the doc will likely want to wait awhile to
see if it gets better naturally.

brad


Quote:

> Anybody have a good doctor in the SF area that they can recommend?
> Preferably somebody that accepts Blue Cross.  I don't mind driving a
> little to see a good doctor.

> Anyway, I don't have a general practioner that I see up here, so it's
> time to find one.  I have a pinched nerve in my neck, and I need to
> see somebody...  either a general practictioner or a neurologist (
> although, a lot of those guys won't see anybody w/o a referral).

> While we're at it, how about orthopaedists?  I'm not crazy about mine.

> TIA

> kev

 
 
 

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Post by harris4l.. » Thu, 08 Dec 2005 10:15:11

Dr Gerald Keane at SOAR in Menlo Park.  Check out www.soarspine.com.
He's a very well known Physiatrist.  Surgery is not his specialty, so
he's not going to line you up on a table unless you really really have

and have been off the water since July 2004.  A hip surgery operation I
had last year makes me far more cognizant of the fact that these things
don't always go according to plan and some surgeons are a bit overly
optimistic.  So you really should talk to someone who doesn't
specialize in cutting you open first.

The question about the referral is more based on your health insurance.
 I don't know how Blue Cross operates.

greg

Quote:

> Anybody have a good doctor in the SF area that they can recommend?
> Preferably somebody that accepts Blue Cross.  I don't mind driving a
> little to see a good doctor.

> Anyway, I don't have a general practioner that I see up here, so it's
> time to find one.  I have a pinched nerve in my neck, and I need to see
> somebody...  either a general practictioner or a neurologist (although,
> a lot of those guys won't see anybody w/o a referral).

> While we're at it, how about orthopaedists?  I'm not crazy about mine.

> TIA

> kev

 
 
 

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Post by ratho.. » Thu, 08 Dec 2005 16:03:44

Thanks to everyone who replied.  I saw a doctor the other day, and he
basically didn't tell me anything I didn't already know:  I have a
pinched nerve from a slipped disk.  He said it wasn't serious, and that
I should pop some Motrin and try not to do anything for a few weeks...
which I was already doing.  So, the physiatrist thing sounds great.
I'll call them up tomorrow and try to get an appointment.. hopefully
sooner than later.  I've called several doctors and everybody wants to
see me in January or February.  arghhhhhhhh!!

kev

 
 
 

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Post by David Fielde » Wed, 28 Dec 2005 05:44:11

I'll post this for general reference, but also email Kev as I'm reading
this post a bit late.

Mypreference is to use fellow windsurfer-docs whenever possible.  There
are two excellent options locally, both of whom I know well:


Neuro:  Robert Miller:  415-600-3604 (CPMC)

Both are in SF and worked closely with me in my old position prior to my
retirement.  Both have superb people-skills as well as top-notch medical
approaches.  And they both are great WS'ers!

Only problem may be Blue Cross.  Miller probably accepts, but Stone may
not.

In any case, they will be sympathetic -- and please mention my name.

   David



Quote:
> Kevin,

> I strongly recommend that you look for a specialist called a
> "Physiatrist".  They specialize in body mechanics and as such they
> deal with parapalegics.  Folks like you and me with disk problems
> are pieces of cake for them.  They don't do surgery, so they will
> typically recommend surgery only if they think it necessary, not
> because they have Porsche payment due.

> I don't know if she's still in the area, but Dr Barbara Bamman is
> an absolutely outstanding Physiatrist who helped my wife and several
> friends several years ago.

>    Good luck!
>            Cliff


> > Anybody have a good doctor in the SF area that they can recommend?
> > Preferably somebody that accepts Blue Cross.  I don't mind driving a
> > little to see a good doctor.

> > Anyway, I don't have a general practioner that I see up here, so it's
> > time to find one.  I have a pinched nerve in my neck, and I need to see
> > somebody...  either a general practictioner or a neurologist (although,
> > a lot of those guys won't see anybody w/o a referral).

> > While we're at it, how about orthopaedists?  I'm not crazy about mine.

> > TIA

> > kev

 
 
 

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Post by GeorgeUSA3 » Sat, 31 Dec 2005 01:37:46

There are also 2 docs in the Bay Area Formula Fleet:
John Stienstra and Gary Peer, I don't know there areas of expertise but
they could definately make a referal if you haven't found anybody you
like.
Quote:

> I'll post this for general reference, but also email Kev as I'm reading
> this post a bit late.

> Mypreference is to use fellow windsurfer-docs whenever possible.  There
> are two excellent options locally, both of whom I know well:


> Neuro:  Robert Miller:  415-600-3604 (CPMC)

> Both are in SF and worked closely with me in my old position prior to my
> retirement.  Both have superb people-skills as well as top-notch medical
> approaches.  And they both are great WS'ers!

> Only problem may be Blue Cross.  Miller probably accepts, but Stone may
> not.

> In any case, they will be sympathetic -- and please mention my name.

>    David



> > Kevin,

> > I strongly recommend that you look for a specialist called a
> > "Physiatrist".  They specialize in body mechanics and as such they
> > deal with parapalegics.  Folks like you and me with disk problems
> > are pieces of cake for them.  They don't do surgery, so they will
> > typically recommend surgery only if they think it necessary, not
> > because they have Porsche payment due.

> > I don't know if she's still in the area, but Dr Barbara Bamman is
> > an absolutely outstanding Physiatrist who helped my wife and several
> > friends several years ago.

> >    Good luck!
> >            Cliff


> > > Anybody have a good doctor in the SF area that they can recommend?
> > > Preferably somebody that accepts Blue Cross.  I don't mind driving a
> > > little to see a good doctor.

> > > Anyway, I don't have a general practioner that I see up here, so it's
> > > time to find one.  I have a pinched nerve in my neck, and I need to see
> > > somebody...  either a general practictioner or a neurologist (although,
> > > a lot of those guys won't see anybody w/o a referral).

> > > While we're at it, how about orthopaedists?  I'm not crazy about mine.

> > > TIA

> > > kev