Dr. David Nielsen, DO

Dr. David Nielsen, DO

Orthopedic Hand Surgery  ·  
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Age 48
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Dr. David Nielsen, DO is an orthopedic hand surgery specialist in Charlottesville, VA and has been practicing for 17 years. He graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1996 and specializes in orthopedic hand surgery, pediatric hand surgery, and more.Read his story

183 Spotnap Rd Ste C

Charlottesville, VA 22911

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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Humana
  • Medicaid
  • Optima Health
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Dr. Nielsen's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Shoulder Disorders
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Nielsen treats Shoulder Disorders more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Nielsen treats this condition more than 98% of his peers

Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Nielsen treats Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis more than 90% of his peers

Dr. Nielsen treats this condition more than 90% of his peers

Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Nielsen treats Osteoarthritis of Shoulder more than 90% of his peers

Dr. Nielsen treats this condition more than 90% of his peers

Dr. Nielsen's conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Amputated Finger
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arm Disorders
  • Arm Injuries
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthritis of the Wrist
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Ataxia
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Broken Arm
  • Broken Finger
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • 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
  • Dupuytren's Contracture Injection
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Fracture
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Pain
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Excision of Radius or Ulna
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Femur Fracture
  • Finger Disorders
  • Finger Injuries
  • Finger Joint Sprain
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Forearm Injuries
  • Fracture
  • Fracture Care
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
  • Gout
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hand Ligament Rupture
  • Hand Muscle Strain
  • Hand Neuropathy
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Hand Pain
  • Hernia
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Sprain
  • Knee Surgery
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Limb Pain
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Wrist
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Paracentesis
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Revision of Shoulder or Elbow Replacement
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Scoliosis
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Shoulder Diseases
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Labral Tear
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Separation
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Trigger Finger
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Ulnar Nerve Entrapment at Wrist
  • Wrist Fracture
  • Wrist Fusion
  • Wrist Injuries
  • Wrist Pain
  • Wrist Replacement
  • Wrist Sprain

About Me

Charlottesville Orthopaedic Center works with patients in both Charlottesville and the surrounding communities, we treat musculoskeletal conditions in a variety of categories including the services listed below. We are also a full-service orthopaedic center, and we feel confident that we have a specialist for whatever your individual needs are.

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Pediatric Hand Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic 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
2002
2001
1997
1996
1992

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Dr. Nielsen's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Nielsen

4.8

Based on 52 reviews

5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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1 Star
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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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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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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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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.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Second time in for trigger and as before, he was great in providing information, diagnosis and treatment!
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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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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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hip replacement made as easy as possible with this type of condition!!!!!!
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