Dr. Cory Nelson, MD

Dr. Cory Nelson, MD

Sports Medicine  ·  
Dr. Cory Nelson, MD is a sports medicine specialist in Scottsdale, AZ and has been practicing for 15 years. He graduated from G Washington Univ Sch Med & Hlth Sci in 2003 and specializes in sports medicine, orthopedic surgery, and more.Read his story

20401 N 73rd St Ste 175

Scottsdale, AZ 85255

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  • Aetna
  • American International Group (AIG)
  • Arizona Foundation
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Broadspire
  • Cigna
  • CNA
  • Comprehensive Medical and Dental Program (CMDP)
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Dr. Nelson's Experience

Dr. Nelson'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 Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found

Dr. Nelson's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Nelson "Originally from Arizona, Dr. Nelson received his Doctorate of Medicine at The George Washington University. Upon completion of his medical degree, Dr. Nelson went on to do his orthopedic surgical residency at Stony Brook University in New York. Crediting his passion for sports as a catalyst, Dr. Nelson completed an additional year of advanced sports medicine training at the world-renowned Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, CA. While at Kerlan-Jobe, he participated in both the sideline and surgical management of professional athletes from the Los Angeles Lakers, LA Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, LA Kings, and Anaheim Ducks. Dr. Nelson also provided on-field coverage for several high school and collegiate football teams, including USC, Fullerton College, and Stony Brook University. Dr. Nelson has been a driving force in the medical community by being one of the Valley's premier surgeons, where he masterfully blends his love of sports with his desire to do what is best for his patients. This dedication can be seen by Dr. Nelson's active involvement in his community. He is currently the orthopedic consultant for Fountain Hills High School/School District and Paradise Valley High School. He is also the team physician for Phoenix's professional soccer team, Arizona United Soccer Club. Phoenix Magazine has repeatedly awarded Dr. Nelson with the prestigious title of "Top Doc" over the years as voted by his peers."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Nelson "Dr. Nelson specializes in the non-operative and operative management of injuries in youth and adult patients of all skill levels from recreational to professional athletes. He excels in patient-centered care to help his patients, who span all ages, get back to a healthy, active, and pain-free lifestyle."

4  Specialties

  • Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Knee Surgery
  • Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

2  Board Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

62  Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Sprain
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthritis of the Shoulder
  • Bursitis
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Disorders
  • Elbow Fracture
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Pain
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Elbow Strain
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Hip Bursitis
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intra-Articular Fracture
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Sprain
  • Knee Tendinitis
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Cramp
  • Limb Pain
  • Non-Traumatic Rupture of Achilles Tendon
  • Orthopedic Sports Injuries
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Shoulder Diseases
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sports Injuries of the Knee
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Subacromial Bursitis
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
  • Upper Extremity Fracture


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38  Procedures

  • ACL Surgery
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Surgery
  • Foot and Ankle DislocationTreatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Surgery
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate


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Background Check

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • G Washington Univ Sch Med & Hlth Sci
    Medical School | Graduated 2003
  • Stony Brook University
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Nelson's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Nelson to family and friends
22 total reviews (9 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (22)

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Dr. Nelson's Performance

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  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

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  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (9)

Dr. Nelson and his team are excellent professionals. I have only had this one ACL surgery and recommend them. It’s been 10 months and he’s as attentive today as he was when I first met with him.
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Great physician! Attentive. Smart. Communicative. His staff is great, too! Highly recommend.
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Knowledgeable and easy to talk to about pros and cons. Explained surgical after care quite well. Liked his willingness to work with my other doctor to choose the best timing for surgery.
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I just wanted to say how very pleased Im with Dr Nelson and Ross Uthe PA~C and staff. I received excellent care for treatment of my knee. They took care of my needs and went above and beyond. A special thank you to Erin and Liz for answering all my phone calls and sending faxes. I Highly recommend...more
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