Dr. Joel Nilsson, MD

Dr. Joel Nilsson, MD

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Dr. Joel Nilsson, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in San Antonio, TX and has been practicing for 17 years. He graduated from Georgetown University School Of Medicine in 1994 and specializes in orthopedic surgery and hand and upper extremity surgery.Read his story

18518 Hardy Oak Blvd Ste 205

San Antonio, TX 78258

Contact Information

(210) 481-1700

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
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Top Care Areas

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Bursitis
very high
more than 93% of peers
Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
high
more than 93% of peers
Hip Sprain
high
more than 88% of peers

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Dr. Nilsson's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Nilsson "Joel Nilsson is a compassionate and engaging orthopedic surgeon serving his patients in San Antonio, TX. Dr. Nilsson is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and certified to perform surgery of the hand. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Dr. Nilsson received his medical education at Georgetown University, and then completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Texas Tech University and William Beaumont Army Medical Center. During his residency program, Dr. Nilsson was serving in the United States Army, a service that continued for 14 years. Dr. Nilsson completed his fellowship in hand surgery at Union Memorial National Hand Center and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Dr. Nilsson has an affinity for treating and operating on complex hip and knee replacements. Dr. Nilsson performs many cutting-edge procedures, including arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, direct anterior total hip replacement, arthroscopic ACL reconstruction, and endoscopic carpal tunnel release. He was one of the first orthopedic surgeons in San Antonio to perform the Makoplasty robotic assisted partial knee replacement. Dr. Nilsson and his family own a small "hobby farm," which includes mini-donkeys, a horse, and chickens. In his spare time, Dr. Nilsson enjoys tinkering and restoring a 1977 Jeep CJ5 with his son."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Nilsson "At Trinity Adult and Pediatric Orthopedic Specialists, my partners and I endeavor to care for our patients in the same way we would care for our own family. God has given us a high calling, and that is to care for our fellow human beings and treat them in the same way we would want to be treated! By doing so we honor God and deliver excellent care at the same time."

2  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery

2  Board Certifications

  • Hand Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

267  Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Animal Bite
  • Ankle Disorders
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Injury
  • Ankle Instability
  • Ankle Ligament Rupture
  • Ankle Sprain
  • Arm Disorders
  • Arm Injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Ankle
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthritis of the Finger
  • Arthritis of the Shoulder
  • Arthritis of the Toe
  • Arthritis of the Wrist
  • Arthritis-Related Enthesitis
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Benign Bone and Soft Tissue Tumors
  • Bicep Injuries
  • Bicep Muscle Strain
  • Biceps Tendinitis
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bone Infarct
  • Bone Loss
  • Broken Arm
  • Broken Finger
  • Bunion
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Fractures
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cartilage Degeneration
  • Cartilage Disorders
  • Cartilage Tear
  • Chronic Joint Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Congenital Hand Anomaly
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Diseases Affecting Musculoskeletal System
  • Degenerative Joint Disease in the Shoulder
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Disorders
  • Elbow Fracture
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Extremity Malunions
  • Extremity Nonunion
  • Familial Joint Laxity
  • Familial Osteoarthropathy of the Fingers
  • Femur Fracture
  • Finger Disorders
  • Finger Injuries
  • Finger Joint Sprain
  • Firearm Injuries
  • Foot and Ankle Disorders
  • Foot and Ankle Injuries
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Deformities
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Injuries
  • Foot Sprain
  • Forearm Injuries
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Fractured Lower Leg
  • Freiberg's Disease
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
  • Gout
  • Hallux Rigidus
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Eczema
  • Hand Foot and Mouth Disease
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hand Injury
  • Hand Ligament Rupture
  • Hand Muscle Strain
  • Hand Neuropathy
  • Hand Pain
  • Heel Pain
  • Heel Spur
  • Hip Arthritis
  • Hip Dislocation
  • Hip Disorders
  • Hip Flexor Strain
  • Hip Impingement
  • Hip Injury
  • Hip Muscle Strain
  • Hip Pain
  • Hip Sprain
  • Hip Subluxation
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome
  • Impacted Shoulders
  • Injuries
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intersection Syndrome
  • Joint Clicking
  • Joint Effusion
  • Joint Pain
  • Joint Space Disease
  • Joint Swelling
  • Kienbock's Disease
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Ligament Rupture
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Sprain
  • Knee Tendinitis
  • Laceration
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Disorders
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Leg Injury
  • Leg Muscle Strain
  • Leg Pain
  • Ligament Sprain
  • Ligament Tears
  • Limb Pain
  • Lipomas
  • Lower Extremity Trauma
  • Madelung's Disease
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Meniscal Cyst
  • Meniscus Injuries
  • Meniscus Tear
  • Mononeuropathies
  • Muscle Diseases
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Myositis Ossificans
  • Nerve Conduction Disorders
  • Nerve Diseases
  • Nerve Injury
  • Nerve Pain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Neurological Injuries
  • Neuromas
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Numbness
  • Occupational Vibrational Exposure
  • Orthopedic Disorders
  • Orthopedic Trauma
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle
  • Osteoarthritis of Elbow
  • Osteoarthritis of Finger Joint
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Toe
  • Osteoarthritis of Wrist
  • Osteoarticular Disease
  • Osteochondritis
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Osteochondroses
  • Osteochondrosis
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Osteonecrosis
  • Patella Tendon Tears
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Peripheral Nerve Injuries
  • Peripheral Neuritis
  • Polydactyly
  • Polydactyly Preaxial
  • Postaxial Polydactyly
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injuries
  • Posterior Interosseous Nerve Syndrome
  • Posterior Tibial Tendon Rupture
  • Posterior Tibial Tendonitis
  • Postoperative Hip Fracture
  • Post-Traumatic Arthritis
  • Post-Traumatic Knee Range of Motion Problems
  • Post-Traumatic Myositis Ossificans
  • Prosthetic Joint Mechanical Failure
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pulled Muscles
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Quadriceps Tendon Tears
  • Radial Nerve Entrapment
  • Radial Tunnel Syndrome
  • Radioulnar Synostosis - Type 1
  • Radioulnar Synostosis - Type 2
  • Raynaud's Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Rupture of Ulnar Collateral Ligament of Thumb
  • Ruptured Tendon
  • Schwannoma
  • Sensory Nerve Trauma
  • Shoulder Diseases
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Labral Tear
  • Shoulder Muscle Strain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Separation
  • Shoulder Sprain
  • Shoulder Tendinitis
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Snake Bite
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sprain
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Stab Wound
  • Stiffness
  • Strain of Muscle and-or Tendon of Forearm
  • Stress Fracture
  • Subacromial Bursitis
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tendon Disorders
  • Tendon Injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Thigh Conditions
  • Thigh Injuries
  • Thigh Strain
  • Throwing Injuries
  • Tibia Fracture
  • Tingling Sensation
  • Toe Injuries
  • Toe Sprain
  • Torn Cartilage
  • Traumatic Amputation
  • Traumatic Injuries
  • Trigger Finger
  • Turf Toe
  • Ulnar Nerve Entrapment at Wrist
  • Ulnar Nerve Injuries
  • Ulnar Neuritis
  • Ulnar Neuropathy
  • Upper Extremity Infection
  • Upper Extremity Trauma
  • Work-Related Injuries
  • Wounds
  • Wrist Disorders
  • Wrist Fracture
  • Wrist Injuries
  • Wrist Pain
  • Wrist Sprain
  • Writers' Cramp
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112  Procedures

  • Achilles Tendon Rupture Repair
  • Adult Joint Reconstruction
  • Adult Reconstructive Surgery
  • Advanced Tendon Reconstruction
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Amputation
  • Ankle Arthroscopy
  • Ankle Fracture Repair
  • Ankle Ligament Reconstruction
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthritic Hand Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Joint Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Labrum Repair
  • Arthroscopic Meniscus Repair
  • Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Wrist Surgery
  • Articular Cartilage Repair
  • Basal Thumb Joint Reconstruction
  • Bicep Repairs
  • Bi-Compartmental Knee Replacement
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery, Endoscopic
  • Cartilage Repair
  • De Quervain's Release
  • Distal Clavicle Excision Surgery
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Ligament Reconstruction
  • Endoscopy
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Excision of Femur or Knee
  • Excision of Lipoma
  • Excision of Metacarpal and Carpal
  • Excision of Radius or Ulna
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Surgery
  • Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment
  • Fracture Care
  • Glenoid Labrum Repair
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Hand Tendon Repair
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Hip Surgery
  • Injection
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Fusion
  • Joint Replacement Surgery
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Cartilage Treatment
  • Knee Ligament Reconstruction
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee Tendon Repair
  • Lateral Meniscus Repair
  • Ligament Reconstruction
  • Medial Meniscus Repair
  • Mini Knee Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive and Navigational Procedure
  • Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Hip Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Nerve Surgery
  • Neuroplasty
  • Partial Knee Replacement
  • Partial Knee Resurfacing
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Peripheral Nerve Decompression
  • Peripheral Nerve Surgery
  • Post-Trauma Reconstruction
  • Quadriceps Tendon Repair
  • Reconstructive Hand Surgery for Quadriplegic Persons
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Removal of Bone Spur
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Rheumatologic and Osteoarthritis Reconstruction
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Cartilage Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder, Elbow, Hand, and Wrist Joint Replacement
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Sports Medicine Related Procedures
  • Steroid Injection
  • Subcromial Decompression
  • Surgery, Robotic Assisted
  • Tendon Repair
  • Tommy John Surgery
  • Total Joint Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Uni-Compartmental Knee Replacement
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate
  • Wrist Ligament Reconstruction
  • Wrist Replacement
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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Texas.

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

  • Wheaton College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1989
  • Georgetown University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1994
  • Tripler Army Med Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1995
  • William Beaumont Army Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2000
  • Walter Reed Hand Fell
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2001

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Nilsson has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Nilsson's Reviews

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18 total reviews (7 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (18)

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  • 4
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  • 3
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  • 2
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  • 1
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Dr. Nilsson's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

    VERY GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well

    VERY GOOD
  • Answers questions

    VERY GOOD
  • Time well spent

    EXCELLENT

Office & Staff Performance

  • Trustworthiness

    VERY GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well

    VERY GOOD
  • Answers questions

    VERY GOOD
  • Time well spent

    EXCELLENT

Patient Comments (7)

Dr. Nillson is a kind Dr. that I have trusted to inject cortisone into my arthritic hand, shoulders and knee multiple times). He has performed shoulder and bicep repair surgery on me all very successfully. Honestly when you have this much pain and you allow any person to do this many procedures on...more
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I am 4 weeks post op and cannot praise Dr. Nilsson & Veronica enough. From my consultation through to post op visits, Dr. Nilsson has been kind, compassionate, empathetic, knowledgeable, honest and professional. My recovery has gone exceptionally well. I would highly recommend him . I wish I'd...more
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LOVED him! He kept my sexy shoulder sexy! ;)
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Dr Nilsson discussed all my treatment options thoroughly and understandably. His office staff was helpful and professional. I had left THR in December using Makoplasty robotic assisted. I was walking the same day and went home at noon the day after surgery. I am headed back to have bilateral total...more
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I had a non-union fracture of my collarbone due to a motorcycle accident. The first doctor I saw did nothing and suggested it would heal itself. Went to Dr. Nilsson seeking a second opinion and he was awesome. He recommended a bone graft and a plate and screws. Surgery went well, and I am good as...more
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