Dr. Chad Carlson, MD

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Dr. Chad Carlson, MD
Dr. Chad Carlson comes to Stadia Sports Medicine from Champaign, Illinois, where he worked for both Carle Clinic Association and the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. At Illinois, he functioned as one of the team physicians for the Fighting Illini, taking care of athletes in a wide array of sports, from ice hockey to basketball. Dr. Carlson has covered multiple NCAA National Championship events, as well as national championship events for U.S. Gymnastics and U.S. Swimming and Diving. Prior to coming to Champaign, he served as one of the team physicians at Ball State University, and has been involved in high school athletic event coverage for many years. His clinical interests include identifying the biomechanical basis for patient injury, office-based injury care/arthritis care, and clinical exercise testing, including the diagnosis and management of exercise-induce asthma. He has published clinical articles on various sports medicine subjects and has spoken on many subjects at national sports medicine meetings. He and his wife Amanda have three children -- Ava, Ian, and Eli. In his spare time, he enjoys active pursuits with family, reading, golfing, exercising, and church-related activities at Westkirk Presbyterian Church in Urbandale, where he has served as an Elder. He also coaches multiple youth sports teams. Other biographical information: Undergraduate: University of Nebraska at Lincoln -Dual major, Biology/History, 1986-1990. Medical school: University of Nebraska College of Medicine -1990-1994. Residency: University of Michigan Hospital at Ann Arbor - Family Medicine, 1994-1997. Fellowship: Sports Medicine, Ball Memorial Hospital/Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, 1997-1999. Board certification in Sports Medicine since 1999. Elected as a member of the national Board of Directors of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, 2009-2013. Chair, Practice and Policy Committee, AMSSM, 2009-2013. Wrote a bill providing legal protections for team physicians who cross state lines to care for their teams that passed the U.S. House of Representatives in 2016 (U.S. HR 921) Designated member, Membership and Health Science Policy Committees, American College of Sports Medicine Designated member, Sports Ultrasound Committee, AMSSM Achieved Fellow status in the American College of Sports Medicine in 2004. Served as associate Editor for Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine. Currently serves on the Sports Medicine Subcommittee for the Iowa Medical Association.

6000 University Ave Ste 250

West Des Moines, IA 50266

Contact Information

(515) 221-1102

Dr. Chad Carlson, MD

Dr. Chad Carlson, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Care Philosophy

Our practice is rooted firmly on the principle that Sports Medicine is a board-certified physician subspecialty where proper evaluation and diagnosis can occur, and not simply physical therapy redefined. We believe that Sports Medicine is best practiced in an environment that is totally dedicated to sports medicine, and not simply blended into a primary care practice as a side interest. This prevents distraction from our core center of excellence, which is health care for athletes and active people. We block 40 minutes with all new patients to allow adequate time for patient interview and exam, and I believe we distinguish ourselves through personal attention. We also assess a patient's biomechanics in order to gain a better grasp of the underlying causes behind the problem that led the patient to present to our office. Our treatment plan always starts with the patient's goals in mind as the best possible outcome.
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Dr. Carlson's Experience

Dr. Carlson's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Sports Medicine
  • Board certified in Family Practice and Sports Medicine
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Pediatric Sports Medicine
  • Sports Medicine Pain Management
  • Sports Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Board Certifications

  • Family Practice
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*
  • Sports Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Arrhythmias
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bone Loss
  • Breathing Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Connective Tissue Disorders
  • Contracture
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dislocated Joint
  • Dizziness
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  • Elbow Pain
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Exertional Compartment Syndrome
  • Foot and Ankle Disorders
  • Foot and Ankle Injuries
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Pain
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Disorders
  • Hip Injury
  • Hip Sprain
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Ligament Sprain
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lower Extremity Trauma
  • Meniscus Tear
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Metatarsal Fracture
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Pain
  • Neurological Injuries
  • Neuromuscular Diseases
  • Osgood Schlatter Disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Paradoxical Vocal Cord Dysfunction
  • Partially Dislocated Elbow (Nursemaid Elbow)
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Posterior Tibial Tendonitis
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Respiratory Diseases
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Shin Splints
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondolthesis
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Stress Fracture
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tendon Injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Trigger Finger
  • Wrist Disorders
  • Wrist Pain


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  • Achilles Tendon Reconstruction
  • Breath Testing
  • Bronchoprovocation Test
  • Casting
  • Diet Counseling
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Exercise Counseling
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Injection
  • Knee Tendon Repair
  • Neuropsychological Testing
  • Oximetry
  • Physical Therapy
  • Piriformis Injection
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection (PRP)
  • Quadriceps Tendon Repair
  • Soft Tissue Injections
  • Steroid Injection
  • Stress Test
  • Ultrasound, Musculoskeletal
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate
  • Worker's Compensation Evaluations

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • University Of Nebraska
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1990
  • University Of Nebraska / College Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1994
  • University Of Michigan Health System
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1997
  • University Of Michigan Health System
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1997
  • Ball Memorial Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1999

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
  • The Natural History and Management of Hamstring Injuries. Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine, 2008
  • Spondylolysis and the Athlete. Athletic Therapy Today, 2007
  • Axial back pain in the athlete: pathophysiology and approach to rehabilitation. Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine, 2009
  • Resolution of Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome With a Unique Physical Therapy Approach: A Case Report. In Press,

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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Dr. Carlson accepts 8 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
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  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access
  • Coventry Health Care
    Group Plan PPO
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  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • UnitedHealthCare
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Des Moines, IA 50314
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