Dr. Christopher Elder, MD

Orthopedic Surgery •  Male • Age 49
  
Dr. Elder
Accepting new patients

Asheville Orthopaedic Associates

111 Victoria Rd Asheville, NC 28801

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(828) 252-7331

Dr. Christopher Elder, MD is a Orthopedic Surgery Specialist in Asheville, NC and has over 23 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Elder has more experience with Shoulder/Upper Arm and Knee/Lower Limbs than other specialists in his area. He graduated from Joan Sanford I Weill Medical College Of Cornell University medical school in 1997. He is affiliated with medical facilities Mission Hospital - Asheville and Mission Hospital Mcdowell. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Elder to book an appointment.


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Dr. Elder accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
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Choice Plus POS II
Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
Medicaid
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
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CareSource
Medicaid
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
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Medicaid
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First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
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Practice Areas

Shoulder/Upper Arm

Shoulder and upper arm conditions include arthritis, bursitis, rotator cuff injuries, and dislocations, with treatment options such as surgery or physical therapy.Compare with other Shoulder/Upper Arm specialists.

Typically treats 78% more than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 6 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Rotator Cuff Tear
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Elder treats Rotator Cuff Tear more than 94% of their peers

Dr. Elder treats this condition more than 94% of their peers

Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Elder treats Shoulder Impingement Syndrome more than 93% of their peers

Dr. Elder treats this condition more than 93% of their peers

Glenoid Labrum Tear
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Elder treats Glenoid Labrum Tear more than 88% of their peers

Dr. Elder treats this condition more than 88% of their peers

Knee/Lower Limbs

Knee and lower limb surgeons perform procedures such as total knee replacement, partial knee replacement, and tendor repair, to treat conditions including arthritis, ligament tears, or bone fractures.Compare with other Knee/Lower Limbs specialists.

Typically treats 60% more than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 9 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Knee Disorders
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Elder treats Knee Disorders more than 90% of their peers

Dr. Elder treats this condition more than 90% of their peers

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Elder treats Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain more than 87% of their peers

Dr. Elder treats this condition more than 87% of their peers

Osteoarthritis of Knee
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Elder treats Osteoarthritis of Knee more than 85% of their peers

Dr. Elder treats this condition more than 85% of their peers

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Dr. Elder's conditions and procedures:

  • ACL Surgery
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • De Quervain's Release
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Fracture Care
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Gout
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand Conditions
  • Heel Spur
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Sprain
  • Knee Surgery
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lupus
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Myelopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Tibia or Fibula Stress Fracture
  • Trigger Finger
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

Dr. Elder's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Elder

4.8

Based on 102 ratings

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      Sep 09, 2020
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      Dr. Elder sincerely cares for his patients. He treats people like he would like to be treated. He is an excellent surgeon, who goes above and beyond to provide information for patient understanding. He informs regarding procedures to come and procedures completed with a full operation room description provided. Dr. Elder is kind, patient, thorough and a very gentle soul. I can recommend him without reservations. .
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      Elizabeth Meyer – Jun 18, 2020
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      Dr. Elder and his staff are top notch! Dr. Elder is very knowledgable, confident, caring, and explains everything in a clear and professional manner. He repaired my shoulder, bicep tendons and other damage in my shoulder. He made sure I had a knowledge of what I would be dealing with in recovery so everything went as expected. I highly recommend.
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      William B – Jun 18, 2020
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      I have been a patient of Dr. Elder for over 8 years with hip pain. With every appointment, he was thorough, making sure I understood all components of my situation. He never "pushed" me into having surgery. He even encouraged me to get second opinions. He performed hip arthroscopy, labral and IT band release in the fall of 2019. I am 7 months post-op and my hip feels great. I recommend Dr. Elder for any/all hip issues one may have.
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      Jun 17, 2020
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      I hold Dr. Christopher Elder with Asheville Orthopedic in the highest regard and confidence! Prior to seeing Dr. Elder, I had THR in left hip (by a different ortho surgeon). Immediately after the THR, I began having daily pain when lifting my leg. After three years of pain and seeing several ortho doctors with no solutions for my problems, Dr. Elder immediately diagnosed the origin of my pain. After Dr. Elder corrected the IT band and psoas tendon surgically, I have had No More Pain when lifting my leg! Thank you Dr. Elder!
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      Donna Holtsclaw – Apr 15, 2020
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      I have been a patient of Dr Elder's since October 2019. I have experienced two shoulder dislocations. After an MRI it was determined that I would need surgery to repair a tear in my labrum. Dr. Elder and his team have been wonderful throughout the appointments leading up to surgery and after surgery. I highly recommend him if you're experiencing any shoulder related issues.
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      Brenan Rumfelt – Mar 06, 2020
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      I would absolutely recommend Dr. Elder 100%. He was very personable, professional and a great surgeon.
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      • Appointment wasn't rushed
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      Feb 04, 2020
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      I saw Dr. Elder for a shoulder injury. He is one of the most compassionate and thorough physicians I have ever met. Dr. Elder has a wonderful bedside manner in which he explains everything in detail that is very easy to understand. He gives you ample time to ask questions and express concerns. He does not leave the room until you tell him you are completely satisfied with your visit.
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      Kim Morelock – Jan 29, 2020
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      Dr. Elder and his staff are top notch. They are always ready to listen to your situation and give excellent care and advice. Appointment times are kept on time with no waiting.
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      • Office environment
      • Staff friendliness
      • Appointment wasn't rushed
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      Dwain Benton in Morganton , NC – Dec 10, 2019
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      Dr. Elder performed an anterior cruciate ligament replacement on my left knee. The operation was an astounding success and he did much more than just replace my ligament !! I am an extremely active 60 year old woman and he has restored my ability to do the physical things that I so enjoy. Dr. Elder stayed on top of the healing process 110 % and made sure that I followed the regimen that he recommended. I would recommend Dr. Elder as the ONLY surgeon to see if one is in need of arthoscopic surgery. Dr. Elder, thank you for restoring my love of life !! Sincerely, Linda Goldstein !!
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      Linda Goldstein – Nov 18, 2019
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      Husband had carpal tunnel surgery and Dr. Elder provided the upmost care. His care and seevices go above and beyond!
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      Danita Washington – Nov 06, 2019
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      Dr. Christopher Elder repaired my rotator cuff and bicep. I was very impressed with him and his staff's efficiency, professionalism and compassionate care. The surgery was just 3 months ago and I am already at 100% normal movement in most directions and around 80% but still making progress in the last one (well beyond expectations for results). My family and I will be seeing him for all our future orthopedic needs. I could not recommend him more highly.
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      A. Reece – Oct 09, 2019
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      Dr.Elder ....he done my torn meniscus surgery, was great answered all questions and was nice and pleasant every visit after....one of the best Drs,I've had five stars :) Thank you Dr.Elder for your great care
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      Lisa in Marion, NC – Oct 04, 2019
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      Dr. Elder did my shoulder surgery. He is professional, caring, and looks at all other options before surgery. He did my wife's hip surgery also. I highly recommend him.
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      • Appointment scheduling
      • Office environment
      • Staff friendliness
      • Appointment wasn't rushed
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      • Explained conditions well
      • Trusted the provider's decisions
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      Philip Broome – Jun 26, 2019
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      Excellent Doctor very knowledgeable took time to answered all questions very kind had 2 knee surgery in 8 months
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      Clifton Horne in Asheville , NC – Jun 24, 2019
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      Dr Elder is a very kind attention oriented caring doc answering all questions has a good care plan for me now and the future
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      • Appointment scheduling
      • Office environment
      • Staff friendliness
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      Sherri Hembree in Marion, NC – Jun 13, 2019
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      I would highly recommend Dr. Elder. I am very satisfied with my results. He is very attentive and thorough. He doesn't rush you thru your visit or make you wait in the exam room.
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      • Appointment scheduling
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      • Staff friendliness
      • Appointment wasn't rushed
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      Randy James in Canton, NC – Jun 04, 2019
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      I would highly recommend Dr. Chris Elder. He has been my orthopedic surgeon for over five years. He is patient and a true listener. His goal is his patient's well being and comfort. The entire staff provides each patient with quality care in an efficient, respectful manner.
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      May 15, 2019
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      Dr. Elder is the best Doctor I've ever seen. I have had joint issues my entire life and have seen a lot of doctors. He is caring, thoughtful, and always takes his time to explain everything. He has operated on both of my hips and my right shoulder. Everyone with these type of issues should see him. It is a comforting thought to have a doctor who you know you can depend on to take care of you. When I have other surgeries or procedures, I will only go to him. His staff is excellent and you can see they respect him.
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      May 15, 2019
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      Dr. Elder is a very kind and compassionate doctor. He took the time to answer all of my concerns before and after surgery. I would definitely recommend him to anyone.
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      May 14, 2019
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      Biography

      Dr. Christopher Elder, MD is a Orthopedic Surgery Specialist in Asheville, NC and has over 23 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Elder has more experience with Shoulder/Upper Arm and Knee/Lower Limbs than other specialists in his area. H...Read more

      Specialties

      • Orthopedic Surgery
      • Sports Medicine

      Board Certifications

      Education

      2002
      UNC Chapel Hill
      Residency Hospital
      1998
      UNC Chapel Hill
      Internship Hospital
      1997
      Joan Sanford I Weill Medical College Of Cornell University
      Medical School
      1993
      Yale University
      Undergraduate School

      Awards

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      Locations

      Asheville Orthopaedic Associates

      Asheville Orthopaedic Associates111 Victoria Rd Asheville, NC 28801
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      • Hours
        • Mon: 8:00am - 5:00pm
        • Tue: 8:00am - 5:00pm
        • Wed: 8:00am - 5:00pm
        • Thu: 8:00am - 5:00pm
        • Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm
        • Sat: closed
        • Sun: closed
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      Affiliated Hospitals

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      Mission Hospital - Asheville

      Asheville, NC

      73% Patient experience rating, 4% higher than the national average

      • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
      • America's 50 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
      • Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
      • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2018)

      Mission Hospital Mcdowell

      Marion, NC

      74% Patient experience rating, 5% higher than the national average