Dr. Daniel Nelson, MD

Dr. Daniel Nelson, MD

Interventional Pain Medicine  ·  
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Age 60
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Dr. Daniel Nelson, MD is an interventional pain medicine specialist in Kirkland, WA and has been practicing for 29 years. He graduated from University of Southern California / Keck School of Medicine in 1985 and specializes in interventional pain medicine, anesthesiology, and more.Read his story

12911 120th Ave NE Ste H210

Kirkland, WA 98034

Contact Information

(425) 823-4000

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Choice Health
  • Group Health Cooperative
  • Health Net
  • Humana
  • LifeWise
  • MultiPlan
  • 5 More

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Top Care Areas

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Spinal Cord Stimulation
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more than 5% of peers
Trigger Point Injection
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more than 5% of peers
Fibromyalgia
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more than 5% of peers

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Dr. Nelson's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Nelson "Dr Nelson grew up in the Puget Sound area and was an honors and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Washington. He went to medical school at the University of Southern California and completed his internship and residency in anesthesiology at USC-L.A. County Hospital Medical Center where he was elected chief resident. He stayed on after residency for training as a Pain Medicine Fellow and started the Pain Management program at Desert Hospital in Palm Springs, California.After returning to the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Nelson joined the Evergreen Hospital medical staff and started the Pain Medicine department there as well as establishing one of the first full spectrum independent pain medicine clinics in the area. He is a founding member and Director-at-Large of the Washington Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. On multiple occasions, he has been invited to be a guest lecturer at the University of Washington pain medicine fellowship program and has been actively involved in the teaching of pain fellows, medical students and physician assistants. He has also served as a consultant and speaker to a variety of organizations. In his off time, Dr. Nelson enjoys hiking, biking, golfing, skiing and mountain climbing. He is active in Climb for Captives and Rescue Freedom International, an organization working on behalf of victims of human trafficking. Philosophy: More than 90 million people in the U.S. are affected by chronic, persistent, or recurring pain. We are also in the midst of what has been described as the "opioid prescribing national crisis", yet it can be challenging for many patients to find any meaningful pain relief. We employ a rational evidence-based approach to chronic pain using a comprehensive interventional approach which starts with a consultation and ordering medically necessary testing, referrals to specialists, and coordinating physical and manual therapy as well as psychological testing or counseling, if needed. If appropriate, we will initiate an interventional plan that will employ image guided nerve blocks or injections for diagnostic and/or therapeutic purposes. In some cases we may recommend procedures and technologies such as radiofrequency ablation of pain generators or an implantable device, but only after noninvasive options have been exhausted. Other issues may need to be addressed including weight loss or gain, depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbances. We are committed to a compassionate approach towards alleviating pain, restoring health and improving the quality of life for our patients. Medical Focus: Chronic neck and low back pain, joint pain, chronic post-surgical pain, occipital and cervicogenic headache, cancer pain, refractory arthritis pain. Complex regional pain syndrome (aka Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) Failed back surgery syndrome/post-laminectomy syndrome. Shingles pain and post herpetic neuralgia. Chronic abdominal and pelvic pain. Specializations: Diagnostic and therapeutic injections under fluoroscopy and ultrasound of the spine and the musculoskeletal system. Radiofrequency ablation procedures. Patient screening, trialing, and implantation of implantable pain medical devices including spinal cord stimulators and implantable spinal pain pumps. Coordination of multidisciplinary pain management care including referral to consultants and physical/manual therapy as well ordering appropriate tests and imaging including MRI, CT and x-rays. Interventional approaches to chronic headache, abdominal/pelvic pain, arthritis, and cancer pain. Vertebroplasty/kyphoplasty treatment of non-operative spinal compression fractures. Stem cell/PRP injections of inoperable knee, hip and shoulder pain."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Nelson "We are committed to alleviating pain, restoring health and improving quality of life. Our goal is to help our patients live healthier lives while gaining control over their pain.  We feel patients should not suffer needlessly from pain and believe they can improve through a variety of modalities we offer.    We draw from a broad base of proven treatments, advanced medical knowledge and technical expertise to thoroughly diagnose and treat pain patients who have failed to respond to routine medical care.  We focus on the patient as an individual and treat each patient with respect and compassion."

4  Specialties

  • Interventional Pain Medicine
  • Anesthesiology
  • Pain Medicine Anesthesiology
  • Regenerative Medicine

2  Board Certifications

  • Anesthesiology
    Accredited by: American Board of Anesthesiology*
  • Pain Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Anesthesiology*

12  Conditions Treated

18  Procedures

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Washington.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • University of Washington
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1979
  • University of Southern California / Keck School of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1985
  • USC/LAC Med Ctr
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1986
  • USC/LAC Med Ctr
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1989
  • USC/LAC Med Ctr
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1989

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Nelson has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Nelson's Reviews

4.1
Likelihood of recommending Dr. Nelson to family and friends
35 total reviews (4 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (35)

  • 5
    (25)
  • 4
    (1)
  • 3
    (2)
  • 2
    (1)
  • 1
    (6)

Dr. Nelson's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well

    VERY GOOD
  • Answers questions

    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent

    VERY GOOD

Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment

    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness

    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (4)

Dr. Nelson is the best he has treated my back pain and I feel great!
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The best pain management Doctor I have ever been to (out of many) from a decades old life threatening automobile injury. A primary care provider supplies my medications. The attached is simply solid, honest information.
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Dr. Nelson is one of the kindest, tender caring pain doctors I have ever met. He cares about and for his patients. A big thank you to him for helping me through some tough times.
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Best doctor for pain management! I would and do recommend him to anyone who has pain.
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