Suffering an injury does not mean you have to stop participating in your sport completely.

Selina Shah, MD, FACP, FAMSSM is board certified in sports medicine and internal medicine. She incorporates her athletic background along with her professional knowledge to optimize the best individualized treatment plan for each patient.

Team Physician:

  • USA Artistic Swimming
  • Team USA Physician for US Figure Skating
  • Volunteer Team Physician USA Weightlifting
  • USA Gymnastics Referral Network
  • Mill’s College, Oakland, CA
  • Northgate High School, Walnut Creek, CA
  • Blue Devils Drum Corps, Concord, CA

Dance Company Physician:

  • AXIS Dance Company
  • Contra Costa Ballet
  • Diablo Ballet
  • New Ballet- San Jose
  • Pamela Hayes Dance Company
  • San Francisco Ballet School

Professional Associations:

  • American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American College of Physicians
  • International Association for Dance Medicine and Science
  • International Dance Council
  • Performing Arts Medicine Association
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Services

Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine encompasses a broad range of skills – from serving as a team physician standing on the sidelines, to managing an athlete with a medical condition, to traveling with the athletes during competition, to managing a nagging injury.

Dance Medicine

Dancers are athletes that make activity as strenuous as a football tackle look graceful and effortless. Perfecting the art of dance requires pushing one’s body to abnormal limits while combining strength and flexibility to create aesthetic movement.

Performing Arts Medicine

Musicians, singers, circus artists, Broadway and theater performers are analogous to athletes. All require regular practice. Performances are like competitions or games. Both performers and athletes can suffer from overuse injuries and sudden-onset injuries.

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Featured Procedures

Tenex Health TX

A simple 20-minute outpatient procedure to relieve chronic tendon pain.

  • Precisely Targets Your Damaged Tissue
  • Gently Removes Damaged Tissue
  • Requires No Stitches
  • Can Offer Nearly Instant Pain Relief with a Rapid Recovery

Platelet-Rich Plasma

Studies have shown that platelet-rich plasma injections may reduce pain and improve function in various problem areas including the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle, and foot.

A small amount of blood is drawn from the patient and then spun in a centrifuge to separate the layers of blood. The platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) is then drawn into a syringe. Under ultrasound guidance, the PRP is injected into the damaged tissue.

Recent Research, Publications, & Press

Dancing with the Diablo

Interviews

On this episode, we talk with the artistic and wellness pros behind Diablo Ballet, a professional dance company and ballet school in Walnut Creek, California. As they celebrate the end of their 28th season, we find out how they manage to keep health and wellness a priority, while maintaining artistic excellence. We also delve into the working relationships among the artistic director, principal dancers, and music composer in creating original ballets, while reflecting on staying afloat during a pandemic and handling the pressures of social media.

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Supporting Artistic Athletes

Interviews

Artistic athletes like dancers, gymnasts, and skaters require highly skilled medical care in order to maintain peak health while operating at an elite level. Understanding the unique demands placed on their bodies is crucial for their physicians. And when the artist is competing as part of a team – say, as an Olympic skater or gymnast, or as a company dancer – the artist doesn’t always have the luxury of choosing their team doctor.

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Harnessing an Unusual Kind of Natural Energy: Dancers’ Body Heat

Interviews

At rest, the human body produces about 100 watts of energy. Strenuous dancing might multiply that output by a factor of five or six. Dr. Selina Shah, a specialist in dance and sports medicine, said club dance floors can be especially good at creating heat. “If it’s really high-energy music, that generally results in very fast and high-energy movement, so you’re looking at a significant level of heat generation — potentially even the equivalent of running,” she said.

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