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Nancy E. Rolnik, MD, CAQSM

Sports Medicine Specialist | Sports Medicine

108 La Casa Via STE 106 walnut creek CA, 94598



Nancy E. Rolnik, MD, CAQSM, is a sports medicine and regenerative medicine physician who diagnoses and treats patients at Remedy Sports and Regenerative Medicine in Walnut Creek, CA. She established her practice in 2018. Furthermore, she acts as Team Physician for Saint Mary’s College of California. She has an impressive professional journey that spans eighteen years and has expanse knowledge and unrivaled expertise in sports medicine and regenerative medicine. Dr. Rolnik provides whole body treatment for elite to everyday athletes assessing all components that result in pain or injury to the joints, bones, muscles, and other soft tissue. She incorporates a combination of Western and Eastern Medicine options to provide an individualized plan for each patient to get them back to living a full, active life quickly. She is an expert in diagnostic ultrasound, which she uses for better precision, efficacy, and the least pain when it comes to injections.

Education and Training

Northwestern University,Feinberg School of Medicine M.D. 1999

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign B.S. Biochemistry 1994

Board Certification

American Board of Family Medicine

Sports Medicine (Family Medicine)

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Nancy E. Rolnik, MD, CAQSM
Nancy E. Rolnik, MD, CAQSM's Expert Contributions
  • When can my daughter play sports again?

    So sorry your daughter had this injury. Many times after a first dislocation the recovery includes rest then aggressive physical therapy. You doctor will guide the duration of this treatment but most players can get back to play after they demonstrate strength and stability of the shoulder so they don't have another dislocation. READ MORE

  • My son has dislocated his shoulder twice from playing baseball. Will this have an effect on him in the future?

    It's so important that your son maintains really good strength guided by a physical therapist - it's not just the kind of strengthening he does at the gym. The rehab exercises focus on stabilizing the shoulder using very targeted strength and neuromuscular retraining. READ MORE

  • Are there any anti-inflammatory medicines I can take after running?

    If your knees are swelling, you should schedule an appointment with a local sports medicine physician to assess why they are swelling. Ice and any of the over the counter anti-inflammatory pills (like Aleve or Advil) can bring down the swelling typically. I recommend the knee sleeve to my patients. READ MORE

  • How can I increase my strength to play cricket?

    For cricket you’ll need to focus on strengthening you core, shoulder and legs. A full body strengthening program should be done 3 days a week to build strength. You can start with a local personal trainer to make sure form is correct so you don’t end up hurting yourself. If you’d like virtual training you can get great at home programs with Good luck! READ MORE

  • How long should I wait before eating after finishing a game?

    Typically you want to get in some protein and carbs in 1:4 ratio within an hour of your practice, game or workout. Think ham sandwich with lettuce and tomato or a bagel with peanut butter. You can restore glycogen stores by eating fruit. Good luck. Nancy Rolnik, MD READ MORE

  • How long does a torn ACL take to heal?

    The ACL is a very strong ligament and does not heal on its own. That doesn’t mean that all people will choose to have an ACL reconstruction surgery but if your son is an athlete who makes cutting moves like in football, soccer and lacrosse, he will need surgery to get back to play. He’ll miss a season while in recovery. Some choose to focus on physical therapy without surgery. Contact a local sports medicine or orthopedic surgeon for guidance. READ MORE

  • What happens if tennis elbow goes untreated?

    Tennis elbow doesn’t typically get better on its own. It’s possible to tear the tendon if you continue playing tennis or whatever brought on the tendinitis in the first place. A good hand therapist can help a lot! READ MORE

  • Can working out too much be bad for my health?

    There’s a balance between working out all the time and recovery. If you work out so much that you end up with an overuse injury then you’ve done too much. You can start with an every other day program and consider working with a qualified trainer to make sure you are using the weights correctly. There have actually been studies that show there is no top limit to exercise unless you get hurt. Good luck. Being fit will be a huge benefit to your long term health! READ MORE

  • Can I get a six pack through diet alone?

    The simple answer is no. You need to develop your rectus abdominus and other muscles to get that sequential bulge that you’re looking for. However, if your diet is bad, fat will cover up muscles. You need to follow a healthy eating plan to get to your optimal weight plus core strengthening. Good luck. You can get there but it takes diligence!! READ MORE

  • What are the most common injuries in volleyball?

    Volleyball players typically have traumatic injuries like ankle or knee sprains or overuse injuries like rotator cuff injuries. Having good strength is always best for prevention! I hope your daughter has fun and doesn’t get hurt! READ MORE

  • Should PT be recommended in any sport for any age?

    Have you heard of the term "prehabilitation". It's rehabilitation before you get hurt. The goal is to assess areas that could benefit from a balanced strengthening program. For you that could mean addressing glute and leg strength to help you pivot and skate quickly. Many injuries in hockey are trauma based but overuse issues can happen too. Seeking out a trainer would be a great idea pre-season! READ MORE

  • Is ankle surgery painful?

    Any surgery will result in some pain. As I don't know what type of surgery he is having it's hard for me to answer specifically. I would address your concerns with he surgeon. Be sure to rehab well afterwards especially if he is immobilized in a cast or boot afterward. Good luck to your son! READ MORE

  • How long is the healing period of a torn ACL?

    Most athletes take a minimum of 9-12 months to get back to pre-injury ability. That's a hard surgery for a teen or really anyone to recover from. Make sure he is committed to a long rehabilitation program. Best of luck to him! READ MORE

  • What kind of surgery is done for tennis elbow?

    I rarely recommend surgery for tennis elbow. Over time with rehab and modifications in your day to day activities can heal many. If you have a tear, you can consider PRP or a stem cell therapy. READ MORE

  • How do you shower after elbow surgery?

    Hop onto Amazon and you can buy a plastic cover that you can wear in the shower. Hang in there! READ MORE

  • I feel dizzy while swimming. What could be the reason?

    There are a lot of potential sources of dizziness - dehydration, poor nutrition, anemia, heart issues. I'd see your primary care doctor ASAP to address your dizziness. READ MORE

  • What can an orthopedic doctor do for back pain?

    You need a proper diagnosis first. Most team doctors are sports medicine doctors who do not do surgery, so we offer treatments that keep you out of the operating room. Seek out a local sports medicine physician for help. READ MORE

  • When should you see a doctor for elbow pain?

    Start by talking to your athletic trainer at your school. If you have elbow pain that continues despite rest, ice, Advil, you should see a doctor who specializes in sports medicine. READ MORE

  • How do I know if my knee pain is serious?

    Any persistent or recurrent knee pain should be evaluated by a qualified sports medicine physician so you can determine the source of your pain. At 36 you aren't likely to have arthritis but often fitness enthusiasts and athletes get overuse injuries or other issues that don't require surgery. READ MORE

  • How can I get rid of my leg pain?

    Leg pain can develop from trauma or repeated strain to the area. Rest, foam rolling and other treatments can help but it's hard to heal while you continue to aggravate the pain by playing. I'd recommend you have a sports medicine physician take a look or at least your athletic trainer at your high school. READ MORE

Areas of expertise and specialization

Ultrasound guided injections, regenerative injections, PRP, stem cell therapy, A2M, exosomes, microneedling PRP facial, Hair loss treatments

Faculty Titles & Positions

  • Team Physician Saint Mary’s College of California -


  • Top Doctor  Castle Connolly Medical 


  • Arthrocentesis
  • Diagnostic Ultrasound
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Percutaneous Procedures
  • Achilles Tenotomy
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection (PRP)
  • Ultrasound guided bone marrow stem cell injections
  • Ultrasound Guided Cortisone Injections
  • Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

Professional Memberships

  • American College of Sports Medicine  
  • American Academy of Family Physicians  
  • Orthobiologic Ethics Consortium  


  • MacNeal Hospital Family Medicine   2002
  • Macneal Hospital, 2000, Family Medicine


  • Kaiser Foundation Hospital Sports Medicine  2003

Charities and Philanthropic Endeavors

  • Impact 100
  • Lymphoma and Leukemia Society Donor


  • Exosome injections and IV infusion, stem cell therapy, PRP, A2M


  • Macneal Hospital, 2000, Family Medicine


  • Kaiser Foundation Hospital, 2003, Sports Medicine

Professional Society Memberships

  • American College of Sports Medicine, American Medical Association for Sports Medicine, American Academy of Family Physicians

What do you attribute your success to?

  • Dr. Rolnik has always wanted to provide a healthier option to her patients. She is preventive minded and wants her patients to avoid medications or surgeries as much as possible. Dr Rolnik attributes her success to loving what she does.

Nancy E. Rolnik, MD, CAQSM's Practice location

Nancy E. Rolnik, MD at Remedy Sports and Regenerative Medicine

108 La Casa Via STE 106 -
walnut creek, CA 94598
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Nancy E. Rolnik, MD, CAQSM has a rating of 5 out of 5 stars based on the reviews from 27 patients. FindaTopDoc has aggregated the experiences from real patients to help give you more insights and information on how to choose the best Sports Medicine Specialist in your area. These reviews do not reflect a providers level of clinical care, but are a compilation of quality indicators such as bedside manner, wait time, staff friendliness, ease of appointment, and knowledge of conditions and treatments.

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Get to know Sports Medicine Physician, Nancy E. Rolnik, who serves patients in Walnut Creek, California. 

Dr. Rolnik is a board-certified sports medicine physician whose passion is helping patients to stay active for life. As an athlete herself, she understands the hard work and dedication it takes to excel in sports and fitness. Unfortunately, she also knows the pain of a sports injury and missing out. When she developed tennis elbow that worsened, she finally relied on regenerative medicine to heal. She received PRP therapy that resulted in relief of daily pain.

Today, Dr. Rolnik is the Founder of Remedy Sports and Regenerative Medicine, a unique kind of medical practice that incorporates nutrition with sports medicine, located in Walnut Creek, California. To help each patient get back to living that active life they love, she takes a holistic approach. She plans the best and quickest treatment that will get them back to sports or working out again without surgery or aggressive treatments. When regular treatments don’t help enough, she offers cutting-edge regenerative injections to assist the body in its healing process. An advocate for all athletes, big or small, she also serves as the team physician for Saint Mary’s College of California.

Growing up near Chicago, Dr. Rolnik earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. After graduating from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 1999, she spent the next 4 years advancing her knowledge and skills during her advanced training in both family and sports medicine.  

With a love for science, she attends top conferences and collaborates with top regenerative physicians and scientists to stay up to date with regenerative medicine treatments. She offers patients the safest and most valuable regenerative treatments possible and adapts her treatment plans as the scientific evidence changes. She believes in ethical use of regenerative treatments and is part of the Orthobiologic Ethics Consortium.

Being an expert in diagnostic ultrasound, Dr. Rolnik performs the majority of her injections using ultrasound guidance for better precision, efficacy, and the least pain. She has mastered many treatments for muscle, tendon, joint and ligament damage, as well as is skilled in regenerative treatments for hair and collagen loss.

A member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Family Physicians, the doctor is board-certified in family medicine with added qualification in sports medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM). The ABFM is a non-profit, independent medical association of American physicians who practice in family medicine and its sub-specialties.

Sports medicine is a branch of medicine that deals with physical fitness and the treatment and prevention of injuries related to sports and exercise. Sports medicine physicians are either orthopedic surgeons or primary care physicians who prescribe treatments for professional and amateur athletes. They are trained to address issues associated with nutrition, sports psychology, and substance abuse. They may also counsel athletes on injury prevention.

Among her philanthropic endeavours, Dr. Rolnik has volunteered in many medical tents of major endurance and sporting events such as the Summer X-games, the CaliforniaMan, and the Chicago marathon and triathlon. She also remains very active in her community, teaching at community organizations such as Rotary or PTA throughout the year. She feels that education about the body, injury prevention, and overall health is important. 

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and son. She loves to explore the world and to engage in active adventures such as snorkeling, skiing, mountain biking, and hiking.

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