Dr. Joel Nilsson, MD

Orthopedic SurgeryMaleAge 53

Dr. Nilsson
Accepting new patients

Trinity Adult and Pediatric Orthopedic Specialists

18518 Hardy Oak Blvd Ste 205 San Antonio, TX 78258

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(210) 481-1700

Dr. Joel Nilsson, MD is a Orthopedic Surgery Specialist in San Antonio, TX and has over 27 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Georgetown University School Of Medicine medical school in 1994. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Baptist Medical Center and Methodist Hospital. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Nilsson to book an appointment.


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No malpractice claims found for Texas
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Dr. Nilsson's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Knee Disorders
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Nilsson treats Knee Disorders more than 94% of his peers

Dr. Nilsson treats this condition more than 94% of his peers

Osteoarthritis of Knee
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Nilsson treats Osteoarthritis of Knee more than 93% of his peers

Dr. Nilsson treats this condition more than 93% of his peers

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Nilsson treats Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain more than 91% of his peers

Dr. Nilsson treats this condition more than 91% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Knee Pain

Dr. Nilsson's conditions and procedures:

  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • De Quervain's Release
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Excision of Femur or Knee
  • 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
  • Fracture
  • Fracture Care
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • 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 or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Surgery
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Total Knee Arthroplasty With Robotic Assistance
  • Trigger Finger
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate
  • Wrist Fracture
  • Wrist Replacement

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Dr. Nilsson accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Ambetter
Superior Health Plan
Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Assurant Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
Blue Advantage HMO
Blue Choice
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
LocalPlus
Open Access
Open Access Plus
Commercial Insurance Company
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Preferred PPO
Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
Medicare
Special Needs Plan SNP
Molina Healthcare
Molina
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
Principal Financial Group
Principal Life
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Options PPO
United Healthcare

Dr. Nilsson's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Nilsson

3.9

Based on 19 ratings

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What went well
  • Office environment (17)
  • Staff friendliness (15)
  • Appointment scheduling (14)
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed (5)
  • Didn't explain conditions well (5)
  • Didn't listen or answer questions (5)
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Phoned Boerne office to make appt told I was looking for alternatives since I cannot use steroids and don’t approve of pain meds. Dr told me he “prefers surgery”,”maybe you should consider moving to Austin with your kids” and I started crying because I asked if there was anything else he could recommend and he repeated his preference “I prefer surgery” that he’d wire my fingers during surgery as a solution. I took off work paid $50 and left shaken and crying in my car before heading back to San Antonio. I felt betrayed and like he didn’t even care! I had no confidence that I’d find help. Since then I’ve found a orthopedic and neurologist that does care and they are helping me. Dr Nielsen was cold and uncaring! I have a brother-in-law retired orthopedic surgery and another is a neurosurgeon. Told them about experience; agreed he was out of line with his demeanor and maybe I shouldn’t have mentioned (them) because it may have been off putting to him particularly.missed work and $50!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Martha golden – Sep 16, 2019
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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 you it’s obvious he’s doing them right. He is careful when doing these injections and gets it over with quickly! After all this I consider him a friend now and TRUST him. XRay on site is a + 7/4/18
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
What could be improved
No results
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Bob McWilliams in Helotes, TX – Jul 04, 2018
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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 done this a year ago!
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
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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Cheri Schmitz in Boerne, TX – Jul 04, 2018
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LOVED him! He kept my sexy shoulder sexy! ;)
What went well
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What could be improved
No results
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Angie Borras in San Antonio, TX – Jun 08, 2017
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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 knees also using Makoplasty next month. I am so pleased to have found a wonderful surgeon that uses the best technology to ensure such great results.
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What could be improved
No results
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Duane in Spring Branch, TX – Apr 19, 2017
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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 new. Couldn't be happier with his service and how I was treated at his office. Highly recommended.
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Joe Roberts in San Antonio, TX – Mar 07, 2017
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Dr Nilsson has helped me avoid ankle replacement surgery. He is a good listener, an honest doctor and is compassionate. He teaches his patients how to exercise their bodies for pain reduction.
What went well
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What could be improved
No results
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Anne in San Antonio TX – Apr 11, 2016
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Very terrible experience. The staff is not just rude but down right mean to patients. The doctor doesn't like to answer questions and sometimes refuses to answer questions or even address your concerns. He messed up both my ankles and caused the worsening of my recovery based on his failure to address my questions or appropriately examine my ankles and listen to my concerns. I would never use any of the doctors in his practice ever again. There is more but I'm out of space.
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What could be improved
No results
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Kimbel in San Antonio – Feb 06, 2016
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About Me

Care Philosophy

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...Read more

Biography

Joel Nilsson is a compassionate and engaging orthopedic surgeon serving his patients in San Antonio, TX. Dr. Nilsson is certified by the American Board...Read more

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Education

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

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

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What are Dr. Joel Nilsson, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Nilsson frequently treats Knee Disorders, Osteoarthritis of Knee, and Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Nilsson treats.

Where is Dr. Joel Nilsson, MD's office located?

Dr. Nilsson's office is located at 18518 Hardy Oak Blvd Ste 205, San Antonio, TX 78258. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Locations

Trinity Adult and Pediatric Orthopedic Specialists

Trinity Adult and Pediatric Orthopedic Specialists18518 Hardy Oak Blvd Ste 205 San Antonio, TX 78258
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Affiliated Hospitals

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Baptist Medical Center

San Antonio, TX

73% Patient experience rating, 4% higher than the national average

Methodist Hospital

San Antonio, TX

75% Patient experience rating, 6% higher than the national average

Methodist Hospital Texsan

San Antonio, TX

North Central Baptist Hospital

San Antonio, TX