Dr. Christopher Elder, MD

Orthopedic SurgeryMaleAge 50

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 24 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Joan Sanford I Weill Medical College Of Cornell University medical school in 1997. He is affiliated with medical facilities Mission Hospital 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 is affiliated with Mission Hospital Asheville, a highly rated and top awarded hospital for orthopedic surgery.

At a Glance

  • Explains Conditions Well
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  • Practices at Top Hospital
    Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ See hospitals
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No malpractice claims found for North Carolina
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Dr. Elder's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Joint Pain
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Elder treats Joint Pain more than 97% of his peers

Dr. Elder treats this condition more than 97% of his peers

Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Elder treats Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear) more than 97% of his peers

Dr. Elder treats this condition more than 97% of his peers

Bursitis
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Elder treats Bursitis more than 97% of his peers

Dr. Elder treats this condition more than 97% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Hip Bursitis
  • Subacromial Bursitis
  • Trochanteric Bursitis

Dr. Elder's conditions and procedures:

  • ACL Surgery
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Arthroscopy
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Avascular Necrosis
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Injection
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • 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)
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Gout
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Meniscus Surgery
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Musculoskeletal Function Test
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • 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
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinosis
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Shoulder Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylitis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Trigger Finger
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

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Dr. Elder accepts the following insurance:

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Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
Medicaid
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
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Blue Card PPO
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HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
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CareSource
Medicaid
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
Open Access
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Community Health Choice
Medicaid
Coventry Health Care
Coventry Healthcare of the Carolinas
Coventry Health Care of the Carolinas, Inc. HMO
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Health Net
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HealthPlus
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HealthPlus Amerigroup
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Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
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Humana
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Husky Health
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inHealth
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INTotal Health
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Medica
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Midwest Health Plan
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Molina Healthcare
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MultiPlan
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PHCS Network PPO
Peach State Health Plan
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Simply Healthcare Plans
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Staywell (Wellcare)
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UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Medicaid
Options PPO
United Healthcare
Wellcare of Georgia
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Dr. Elder's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Elder

4.9

Based on 114 ratings

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When I first met Dr. Elder, I was suffering with intense pain in my left hip, which was diagnosed as Bursitis. This condition had persisted for four years, and treating the problem with cortisone injections was no longer effective. Dr. Elder felt confident that surgery was the best course of treatment at that point, and he confided that my pain should be reduced by about 75%. I am happy to report that my surgery was very successful, as my hip pain has been reduced by about 90%!
What went well
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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  • Appointment was rushed
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STEVE PAGE – Sep 23, 2021
Dr. Elder and his staff are all very professional and caring. Dr. Elder is thorough in his explanations and always up to date with my needs and condition.
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Anne G. – Sep 22, 2021
Dr. Elder is amazing!!! I injured my left knee in a exercise class that was held outside during the pandemic. I think the pavement was the problem for me. I knew something didn't feel right because I started limping right after class. The very first time I met Dr. Elder, I immediately liked him. He has a great bedside manner and is very knowledgeable. His staff is also very thorough and friendly. X-rays revealed moderate to severe arthritis, so he offered cortisone shots which helped tremendously. I also got a knee brace that day and he prescribed some anti-inflammatory meds for me as well. That helped some, but I was still having issues, so an MRI was done, and it showed two meniscus tears. I was in surgery the next week! He did a fantastic job, and really took an interest in me as a person. Side note: I found out he is the orthopedic surgeon for the Asheville Tourist Baseball team. Wow! That made me feel pretty special that he was my doctor! Highly recommend Dr. Elder!!! 5 STARS
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Annette – Jun 24, 2021
It has been a little over five months since I had shoulder surgery (rotator cuff, slap tear, etc.) with Dr. Elder and I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome. I appreciated his bed side manner, his encouragement, his willingness to explain things in layman's terms and the time he takes to answer all of my questions (I have a lot). Throughout all of my appointments with Dr. Elder, I have never once felt rushed. He genuinely cares about his patients and about your successful recovery. I am happy to be pain free and to have my range of motion back once again. I highly recommend Dr. Elder and his team for any of your orthopedic needs!
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
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Angelene – Jun 09, 2021
He was great! I will use he again if I need orthopedic Dr.
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
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Graham Barstow – Feb 05, 2021
Yes My daughter was in terrible pain and he preformed her shoulder surgery and gave her quality of life back.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Sherry Peacock – Dec 16, 2020
Dr. Elder did arthroscopic surgery on my knee last month to alleviate issues associated with meniscal tears that were causing problems for me. He did an excellent job explaining my options before the surgery, what he would do during the surgery and what to expect afterwards. This was my first surgical procedure ever and I don't think it could have gone any smoother. Dr. Elder was involved through out the entire process (Pre/Surgical/Post) and that made all the difference for me. God forbid i have any future orthopedic issues, I will be calling Asheville Orthopedic Associates and requesting Dr. Elder.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Charlie – Dec 09, 2020
my knee surgery was more involved and Dr. Elder did a great job and explained the procedure in easy terms to understand. My husband will be going back to him for his wrist. The staff and Dr. was following safety pandemic procedures. my knee is right on track to recovery! would recommend anytime
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Nov 14, 2020
I had surgery on my knee and it went great he was a great doctor God was with him and me
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
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  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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James w – Nov 12, 2020
Today, was my final post-op visit following shoulder surgery for rotator cuff repair. This was the 6th or 7th surgery performed by Dr. Elder. He has repaired both of my shoulders twice, my bicep, my knee, and my ankle. Every one of these surgeries was a complete success. Dr. Elder is caring and compassionate and I am extremely satisfied with his high level of expertise. He goes above and beyond to explain the procedure, and follows his patient's recovery closely to ensure the very best outcome and a speedy recovery. I will never go to anyone else for my orthopedic care!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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William Merz – Nov 11, 2020
He took the time to listen to my concerns and quickly had a plan to help solve my pain issues. He was totally honest with me on what to expect from my treatment.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Linda Brown – Nov 02, 2020
Great surgeon!!
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
What could be improved
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Oct 06, 2020
Trusted Doctor, visits went very well
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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Sep 09, 2020
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. .
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Elizabeth Meyer – Jun 18, 2020
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.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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William B – Jun 18, 2020
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.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Jun 17, 2020
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!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Donna Holtsclaw – Apr 15, 2020
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.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Brenan Rumfelt – Mar 06, 2020
I would absolutely recommend Dr. Elder 100%. He was very personable, professional and a great surgeon.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Feb 04, 2020
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.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Kim Morelock – Jan 29, 2020

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Biography

Dr. Christopher Elder, MD is a Orthopedic Surgery Specialist in Asheville, NC and has over 24 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from...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
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Awards

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Dr. Elder frequently treats Joint Pain, Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear), and Bursitis. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Elder treats.

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Dr. Elder's office is located at 111 Victoria Rd, Asheville, NC 28801. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Locations

Asheville Orthopaedic Associates

Asheville Orthopaedic Associates111 Victoria Rd Asheville, NC 28801
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    • 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
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Elder is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

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Mission Hospital

Asheville, NC

65% Patient Experience Rating, 4% lower than the national average

30 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ (2022)

Mission Hospital Mcdowell

Marion, NC

75% Patient Experience Rating, 6% higher than the national average