Andrew M. Blecher, MD

Andrew M. Blecher, MD

Contact:

Practice Coordinator: (818) 901-6600 Ext. 6551

Additional Information:

Workers' Comp: 
No
QME: 
No

Dr. Blecher specializes in primary care sports medicine. He was born and raised in New York and obtained his undergraduate degree from Williams College in Massachusetts.

Click here for a list of services, treatments, and procedures performed by Dr. Blecher.

He then graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. After medical school, he completed his residency in UCLA's Family Medicine program at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles. This training provided him with knowledge in various aspects of internal medicine, women's health, and pediatrics that could be applied to the broad field of sports medicine.

Following residency, he completed a sports medicine fellowship at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio. His fellowship responsibilities included the NFL Cleveland Browns and NBA Cleveland Cavaliers as well as Cleveland's professional hockey team and NCAA Division I soccer, volleyball, and wrestling teams. The fellowship also provided him the opportunity to participate in the NFL Combine and Cleveland Indians spring training. Additionally, Dr. Blecher has been part of the medical team for national and international events, including the Gravity Games, the U.S. National Gymnastics Championships, and the Ironman Triathlon in Kona, Hawaii.

Board-certified in sports medicine, Dr. Blecher is a diplomat of the American Board of Family Practice and a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.

In addition to providing medical orthopedic care to athletes of all ages, Dr. Blecher specializes in sports health and all medical conditions related to sports participation. He provides pre-participation physicals, exercise and rehabilitation prescriptions, and has an interest in nutritional and sports supplements. He lectures extensively on current sports medicine topics, such as cartilage disorders and early arthritis in the athlete. As a runner himself, he also has a special interest in running injuries. Another area of interest is concussion in the athlete. Dr Blecher has years of experience evaluating and managing concussions on the sidelines as well as in the office. He has lectured extensively on the subject at many grand rounds and national conferences, such as the National Summit on Sports Concussion. He is also one of only three Certified ImPACT Consultants in the greater Los Angeles area. Dr Blecher has also served as an expert witness in landmark cases involving athletes with head injuries.

Dr. Blecher is a leader in the growing field of regenerative medicine for joints, tendons, and ligaments. Using biologic techniques, such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy and Regenexx as well as injections and advanced imaging, such as musculoskeletal ultrasound, Dr. Blecher is able to accelerate healing for many acute athletic and orthopedic injuries. He provides nonoperative, minimally invasive treatment for many musculoskeletal injuries that would otherwise require surgery or become chronic untreatable conditions.

Currently, Dr. Blecher serves as a team physician for Los Angeles Valley College, College of the Canyons (Valencia, CA), and Notre Dame High School (Sherman Oaks, CA). He has also served as a medical consultant for ESPN and as the treating physician for the Summer X-Games in Los Angeles as well as the WTA LA Women's Tennis Championships. Dr. Blecher is also the medical director of the Center for Rehabilitation Medicine at SCOI.

In his free time, Dr. Blecher enjoys tennis, racquetball, skiing, whitewater kayaking, SCUBA diving, and spending time with his wife and family.

Andrew M. Blecher, MD, is available to see patients at the Van Nuys, Valencia, and Beverly Hills offices.

Specialties

  • Ankle
  • Concussion
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Running Injuries
  • Shoulder
  • Sports Medicine

"I am a 56 year old woman in excellent physical condition. I work out regularly and seriously. In December of 2013, I fell and injured my shoulder. I was in constant pain and I attempted to alleviate the pain by seeing a sports medicine practice. However, after treatment and physical therapy did not have positive results, I had an MRI, and I scheduled an appointment with Dr. Blecher. Dr. Blecher diagnosed the injury as a torn rotator cuff with a full tear and a partial tear in two tendons in my shoulder. Dr. Blecher recommended rotator cuff surgery, which I declined due to the 6-month recovery time. I asked the doctor for alternatives and he suggested the PRP injections procedure. Dr. Blecher was very honest and told me that he could not guarantee that this would help. I opted to try this procedure, and in August of 2014, I had two appointments. The first was the injection of platelets, and the second (two days later) was the injection of bone marrow with platelets. I was fitted in an upper body brace immediately after the second appointment, and was in this brace 24-hours a day for five weeks. The first couple of weeks, my arm was at a 90-degree angle, followed by a few weeks at a 45-degree angle. Six weeks after the procedure, and after I had the brace removed, I was able to begin physical therapy twice a week for 13 weeks. About half way through the therapy, Dr. Blecher scheduled an ultrasound to see if this was heeling appropriately. Dr. Blecher said that the ultrasound showed that the tendons had reattached and were heeling. I continued with physical therapy and strengthened the shoulder muscles. At the conclusion of the physical therapy, I was told by Dr. Blecher that I could return to normal activity and that I should continue to strengthen the shoulder muscles. It has been 8 months since I had this procedure and I am thrilled with the results. I have almost no effects of the procedure and I am not limited in any manner. I have noticed a slight degree of discomfort when the weather changes, but aside from that, I am pain-free. I have regained almost full strength in the shoulder. I am a hairdresser and I use my arm and shoulder continually when I work. This procedure has allowed me to avoid the lengthy and painful rotator cuff surgery and recovery. While I had a minimal period of time where I could not work or work out, I have been able to continue to live my life normally. I am very happy that I chose this course.  I could not be more pleased with the outcome. While the six weeks in the brace was not terribly comfortable or fun, it was surely better than the six months recovery had I undergone the rotator cuff surgery. The PRP injections were only minimally uncomfortable and it only took a couple of hours for the procedure, and I was home within a few hours. I would definitely recommend this procedure, and I would urge others with shoulder injuries to consider alternatives to rotator cuff surgery. As for Dr. Blecher, I credit him with his knowledge and his honesty. He was able to make the injections in the exact spot that allowed the tendons to re-attach. He was also able to extract the bone marrow in a manner that was not nearly as painful as I anticipated. I absolutely credit him for this successful procedure and I would recommend him without hesitation. Thank you, Dr. Blecher!" - Antonella K.

"Both my husband and I are currently undergoing stem cell treatment from Dr. Andrew Blecher. My husband is receiving treatment on his left knee and mine is on my left shoulder. My treatment started on January 13, 2015.  So far, I have noticed slight improvement in my range of motion and subtle differences in having less difficulty in some everyday activity such as dressing, bathing, etc. My husband is currently undergoing the first phase of the treatment. It is too early to report any progress regarding his results, as yet. We are very pleased with Dr. Blelcher and his staff. They have been efficient, kind, courteous, and very caring. We are happy we chose to go to SCOI for our treatment. We are looking forward to very positive results without surgery." - Ruth B.

"Fortunately or unfortunately, my family (mainly my kids) have been going to SCOI for over 11 years.  Both of my kids (now 21 and 19 and playing sports in college) have played sports since they were 5 years old. Majority of the doctors that we have seen at SCOI have been outstanding. Dr. Blecher treated my son for a concussion he received from football and he and Dr. Barcohana treated him for a back injury and Dr. Jaivin for a foot injury. Dr. Karzel treated and performed meniscus surgery on both of my daughters knees and Dr. Burns treated her for a broken leg. Dr. Karzel also treated me for frozen shoulder.  The treatments and surgical procedures that were performed were exceptional. We are truly blessed that our medical coverage includes SCOI because I would not want to go anywhere else for treatments for our family. These doctors were knowledgeable, up to date on latest technology and their assistants were always courteous and available, especially Carol Schmittker and Mickie Wolfe and I cannot forget Kathy Hughes. I'd also like to say Dulce Cabrera has always been extremely helpful over the years. Because of these doctors, my son wants to be a Physical Assistant within the Sports Medicine field." - Dionne W.

"Advanced arthritis of left hip, treated with enhanced stem cell therapy in early September 2014, have improved some, long way to go to get back to full physical activities again, hopeful that I can put off hip replacement until later years. Physical Therapy is working to give me back some lost flexibility. SCOI staff has been great and supportive in my office follow up visits and treatments. Thanks much. - Les H."

"When I came to Dr. Blecher last year with an injury on my shoulder, as well as my calf, he not only wanted to figure it all out, but his attention to detail as well as his desire to get me back on the field as fast and safe as possible, did not go unnoticed. I really appreciate how much he cared and understood getting you patient (in my case), back on the field.

I play ball for the National USA fast pitch softball team Maccabi USA, and if he didn't get me back on the field as fast as he did, I would have never been able to go to Israel and win, Silver!

Thank you Dr. Blecher for caring about your patients the way you do." -- Billy Frank, Maccabi USA/ Player-Captain

          

"In January, I was faced with another full thickness tear in my rotator cuff and wondered what my options might be.  Would it be another surgery or possibly something different? I was introduced to Dr Andrew Blecher who thought I might be a candidate for the new Regenexx stem cell procedure. This new procedure has changed my life, given me a new shoulder and all without invasive shoulder surgery.  I cannot explain how happy I am that I chose this method for my shoulder and now I feel great, have significantly less pain and 100% range of motion. Thank you Dr. Blecher and Regenexx." -- Lloyd Eisler, 2-Time Olympic Medalist, Member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame

"Going into PRP I had no idea what to expect! I was told about this injection which takes your blood and sends it in a centrifuge and takes the plasma and platelets and separates the rest. The injection itself was kind of painful but something that of course can be tolerated. Well after I was cleared to do movements I started rehab with my athletic trainer. I started throwing not soon after, not going to lie I was very hesitant about throwing after the injection. I was really nervous, but at the same time I was very confident. The reason is I knew it would help me to get back to the field. So I finally got on the mound and started throwing a couple bullpens, felt good!!! After a couple of starts my velocity finally started to come back. My arm was finally getting into shape. Throughout the season I had no problem with it. Each start it felt great! I was throwing each ball with conviction! After the season was over I was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals!" -- Cory J.

"Regenexx has offered me pain free living for the first time in 20 years. After years of dealing with pain I turned to viscosupplementation and PRP with good results. Once those techniques no longer provided long term relief, Dr. Blecher suggested Regenexx. After 6 weeks I was able to complete an active work day as a physical therapist with no pain whatsoever. I’m very excited to return to mountain biking and soccer in the next few weeks." -- Andrew D.

”Close to the end of the third game in our season, I was hit in the knee on a short yardage play and tore my MCL. It ended up being a grade 3 tear, and I was told the ligament would take 8-12 weeks to completely heal. I was the only person on the team that played center so it was important that I came back as soon as possible. The doctor suggested a PRP treatment. About a week after the injury I received a PRP treatment, and two weeks later I was back in practice. The doctor was amazed at how quickly my ligament healed. I hardly noticed any looseness or pain in my first game back. We’re in week ten of the season now and my knee doesn’t bother me at all!" -- Jackson S.

"Prior to the PRP procedure on my knee, I had two rounds of Euflexa – the first worked great, but wore off at month 4; the second round did not work at all. Walking distances was painful and I could not even step up on a curb unless I led with my strong leg. Rising up from a chair was difficult and stairs were intensely painful. Dr. Blecher gave me a couple of options, PRP one of them. About 5 weeks after my third injection, I walked up a curb, leading with the PRP leg…not even realizing that I had no pain! I am now about 10 weeks post PRP and can consistently walk three flights of stairs with only a slight reminder that my knee has no cartilage. The procedure itself was not painful, but rather feels like momentary pressure." -- Sue F.

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