Dr. David Nielsen, DO

Orthopedic Hand SurgeryMaleAge 50

Dr. Nielsen
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

Charlottesville Orthopaedic Center Plc.

183 Spotnap Rd Ste C Charlottesville, VA 22911

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(434) 244-8412

Dr. David Nielsen, DO is a Orthopedic Hand Surgery Specialist in Charlottesville, VA and has over 25 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine medical school in 1996. He is affiliated with Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Nielsen to book an appointment.

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Dr. Nielsen is affiliated with Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital Charlottesville, a highly rated hospital.

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No malpractice claims found for Virginia
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Nielsen's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Osteoarthritis
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Nielsen treats Osteoarthritis more than 86% of his peers

Dr. Nielsen treats this condition more than 86% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle
  • Osteoarthritis of Elbow
  • Osteoarthritis of Finger Joint
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteoarthritis of Toe
  • Osteoarthritis of Wrist
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Nielsen treats Carpal Tunnel Syndrome more than 81% of his peers

Dr. Nielsen treats this condition more than 81% of his peers

Hand Fracture
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Nielsen treats Hand Fracture more than 76% of his peers

Dr. Nielsen treats this condition more than 76% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Bennett's Fracture
  • Carpal Fractures
  • Scaphoid Fractures

Dr. Nielsen's conditions and procedures:

  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • De Quervain's Release
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hand Tendon Repair
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Finger
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Wrist Fracture
  • Wrist Fusion

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Dr. Nielsen accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Aetna PPO
Choice Plus POS II
Choice PPO
Anthem
Balanced-VA PPO
Blue Access Choice (St Louis) (Select Network)-IL
BlueCare-VA
BlueChoice Adv Open Access (Select Network)-VA
Bronze OAEPO-VA
Bronze-VA PPO
Commonwealth of Virginia
Essential KeyCare-VA
Gold OAEPO-VA
Gold-VA PPO
HealthKeepers Balanced OAPOS-VA
HealthKeepers Bronze OAPOS-VA
HealthKeepers Bronze Pathway OAPOS-VA
HealthKeepers Bronze with H.S.A-VA
HealthKeepers Bronze X (via Exchange)-VA
HealthKeepers Bronze-VA
HealthKeepers Bronze-VA POS Plus
HealthKeepers Catastrophic X (via Exchange)-VA
HealthKeepers Catastrophic-VA
HealthKeepers Gold OAPOS-VA
HealthKeepers Gold Pathway OAPOS-VA
HealthKeepers Gold X (via Exchange)-VA
HealthKeepers Gold-VA
HealthKeepers Gold-VA POS
HealthKeepers Gold-VA POS Plus
HealthKeepers Platinum OAPOS-VA
HealthKeepers Silver OAPOS-VA
HealthKeepers Silver Pathway OAPOS-VA
HealthKeepers Silver X (via Exchange)-VA
HealthKeepers Silver-VA
HealthKeepers Silver-VA POS
HealthKeepers Silver-VA POS Plus
HealthKeepers-VA HMO
Healthy Virginian
Individual Basic BlueCare-VA
Individual Basic KeyCare-VA
Individual KeyCare HSA-VA
Individual KeyCare Preferred-VA
Individual KeyCare-VA
KeyCare Flexible Choice-VA
KeyCare Healthsmart Enhanced Rx-VA
KeyCare Healthsmart-VA
KeyCare-VA POS
KeyCare-VA PPO
Lumenos HSA-VA
National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
National (BlueCard) PPO
Option I-VA
Pathway Tiered Hospital-VA
Pathway X Tiered Hospital Network-VA
Platinum OAEPO-VA
Platinum-VA PPO
Silver OAEPO-VA
Silver-VA PPO
The Local Choice-VA
Virginia Advantage
Virginia Basic
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield POS
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
HealthKeepers HMO
KeyCare PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Federal Employee Program
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
Commercial Insurance Company
Coventry Health Care
Southern Health PPO
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
HAP Insurance
Health Alliance PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Gold
Gold Choice
Humana HMO
Humana POS
Humana PPO
Preferred PPO
Medicaid
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
Optima Health
Commercial PPO
Southern Health Services (Coventry Health Care)
Southern Health Services (Coventry Health Care) HMO
Tricare
Prime
Standard
TriCare for Life
UnitedHealthCare
Basic PPO
Choice Plus POS
Options PPO
United Healthcare POS
United Healthcare PPO

Dr. Nielsen's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Nielsen

4.7

Based on 56 ratings

5 Stars
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1 Star
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I’ve seen Dr. Nielsen a good bit over the last few years. He was the best. He always was straight up with me and didn’t sugar coat things and that’s what I like. Some doctors do what you want and not what may be best for you. I wasn’t for surgery and he never pushed for it but we tried other options before my elbow was so bad we didn’t have a choice. I ended up having Tommy johns surgery and it went as smooth as it could of gone. My recovery from the surgery and and healing was great. I was able to get back to playing golf and tournaments and that’s what delayed my surgery. His staff is excellent. Dr. Nielsen is my guy and trust him in taking care of me if I need anything else in the future.
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Garin O'Roark – Mar 15, 2020
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Dr. Nielsen has done surgery on both hands and has a great bedside manner along with excellent results.
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David Knighton – Oct 31, 2019
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Dr. Nielsen did hand surgeon for carpal tunnel surgery. I was disappointed in both his bed side manner and the butchering he did closing up the incision from surgery. My hand looked like Dr. Frankenstein did it. He had a cold and dissociative attitude towards me before, during and after surgery.
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Unhappy – Oct 22, 2019
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I have been seeing Dr. Nielsen for over a year for chronic arthritis in my left knee. Previously , I had two arthroscopic surgeries and an ACL reconstruction on the same knee over 20 years ago with different surgeons. Dr. Nielsen performed a full knee replacement on my left knee 3 weeks ago. During our appointments, both before and after the surgery, I found him to be extremely knowledgeable, very willing to answer questions (I had many) and extremely personable. I would definitely recommend him to anyone considering this type of surgery.
What went well
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  • 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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John Worth – Jul 29, 2019
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I've been a patient of Doctor Nielsen for about 20 years starting with a hand issue. In 2011 he replaced my left knee. The surgery went well, i recovered very quickly. I've had no complaints or problems with the joint. I believe it went well because of Dr Nielsen's skill as a surgeon. I see him every other year to monitor wear and tear on the knee, and to monitor my right arthritic knee. I am treated very well by Dr Nielsen and his staff, and every visit feels like I'm visiting old friends.
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Mar 28, 2019
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Dr. Nielson was very pleasant and professional when I went to see him for a frozen shoulder. He and the staff treated me with respect from the front desk to the x-ray tech, the assistant to the doctor... Even though I was hurting I was in a friendly caring atmosphere. I appreciate the care I received and highly recommend Cville Orthopaedic Center and Dr. Nielson to everyone who wants to excellent ortho care.
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VA – Feb 05, 2019
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I found that Dr. Nielsen lacked empathy. He was more like an X- ray technician, explaining what the x-rays showed. His answers to my questions were vague and general, and did not help me know what the outcome could be. He took a phone call on his cell phone, in the middle of my appointment. Showed no compassion or nurturing energy, and I had 4 broken bones.
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Jan 17, 2019
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What a lovely doctor! Dr. Neilsen is skillful, knowledgeable, and caring. He's also a very good listener. I felt understood and heard by him. Most importantly, I was completely comfortable entrusting him with performing surgery on my hand.
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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Rosalyn Berne in VA – Jul 05, 2018
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I LOVE EVERYONE AT THIS OFFICE !!!!! I BROKE MY KNEECAP IN HALF AND WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO HAVE MY DR. NIELSON TO OPERATE THE VERY NEXT DAY...WHICH TURNED OUT TO BE A VERY GOOD THING. IF YOU NEED CARING, COMPASSIONATE AND NICE...GO HERE !!!!! AFTER ONLY 5 MONTHS, I AM WALKING, WHEN I DIDN'T THINK THAT WOULD BE POSSIBLE. THANK YOU TO MY NEW FOUND FAMILY !!!!! LISA OF PALMYRA
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LISA in Palmyra, VA – Sep 03, 2017
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Dr. Nielsen hands down the best and most professional experienced doctor that could have performed my continuing extensive reconstructive surgery of my left limb following complications from a severe motorcycle accident. First time at his office his Staff was just impressive and continue to be just Immaculate today. Dr. Nielsen explains pros and cons to surgeries very well. But I need to say my heart Pumps confidence in C.O.C. knowing they will provide top/best/honest solutions. 5 Stars All-Day!
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Emmit Picott in Greeneville, TN – Aug 21, 2017
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My mother visited Dr. Nielsen, desperate after 11 years of knee pain following a knee replacement. She has seen over 6 orthopedic surgeons who told her there was nothing wrong with the knee. Dr. Nielsen ordered a series of tests which resulted in a finding that the knee was loose. The other surgeons were, in my opinion, negligent, causing my mother to suffer for 11 years. I would recommend Dr. Nielsen without any reservations.
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Marcia Wills in Harrisonburg, VA – Apr 07, 2017
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Dr. Nielsen is very nice, he listen to all my complaints and talked to me about all my options. When I have another problem I will definitely go to Dr. Nielsen again.
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Doris Shular in Orange, VA – Feb 09, 2017
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Dr. Nielsen is very caring, has wonderful bedside manner and explained everything in detail for our son's recent injury. His staff is outstanding and ease of appointments is amazing. Would highly recommend.
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Deborah in Charlottesville, VA – Nov 28, 2016
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Dr. Nielsen has performed carpal tunnel release surgery on both of my hands, and is now treating me for arthritis in my knee. He's very knowledgeable and caring, and I feel confident that I'm getting excellent advice from him.
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LC in Culpeper, VA – Nov 04, 2016
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His staff is wonderful.Found a Physical therapist in Waynesboro that could do manual therapy as Dr Neilsen prescribed plus took my insurance. Very prompt in returning my phone call and accommodating a request I had. Dr Nielsen seems to care about his patients concerns.
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Chicago, IL – Oct 28, 2016
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Second time in for trigger and as before, he was great in providing information, diagnosis and treatment!
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john mceuen in Charlottesville, Virginia – Oct 18, 2016
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Dr. Nielsen was very good at explaining my problem and the treatment I received was good. he sent me to a therapy group that was also great. I felt that both the dr. and the therapy folks were honest and effective!
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james d smith in ruckersville, va 22968 – Sep 20, 2016
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Dr. Nielsen made me feel very comfortable. He had to repair a tear in my rotator cuff. After explaining the procedure, I was confident that he was the right doctor for the job. I will recommend him to anyone who need this type of surgery.
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Elnora Perkins in Buckingham, VA – Jun 15, 2016
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hip replacement made as easy as possible with this type of condition!!!!!!
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brenda e.fielding in Charlottesville, VA – May 11, 2016
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About Me

Care Philosophy

Charlottesville Orthopaedic Center works with patients in both Charlottesville and the surrounding communities, we treat musculoskeletal conditions...Read more

Biography

Dr. Nielsen obtained his degree in medicine at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri. He completed a residency in Orthopaedic...Read more

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery
  • Pediatric Hand Surgery

Education

2002
University Of South Florida
Fellowship Hospital
2001
Ohio University
Residency Hospital
1997
University of New England
Internship Hospital
1996
Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Medical School
1992
University of California, San Diego
Undergraduate School
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What are Dr. David Nielsen, DO's top areas of care?

Dr. Nielsen frequently treats Osteoarthritis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and Hand Fracture . See all procedures and conditions Dr. Nielsen treats.

Where is Dr. David Nielsen, DO's office located?

Dr. Nielsen's office is located at 183 Spotnap Rd Ste C, Charlottesville, VA 22911. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Locations

Practice

Charlottesville Orthopaedic Center Plc.183 Spotnap Rd Ste C Charlottesville, VA 22911
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Rockford Memorial Hospital2400 N Rockton Ave Rockford, IL 61103
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Affiliated Hospitals

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Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital

Charlottesville, VA

76% Patient Experience Rating, 7% higher than the national average

7 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2018)