Dr. John Nelson, MD

Dr. John Nelson, MD

Pain Medicine  |  
Male  |  
Age 67
Insurances AcceptedSave
Dr. John Nelson, MD is a pain medicine doctor who practices in Oklahoma City, OK. He is 67 years old and has been practicing for 41 years. Dr. Nelson is affiliated with Community Hospital.

2601 NW Expressway Ste 1200E

Oklahoma City, OK 73112

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma
  • Cigna
  • Community Care Network
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana

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Top Care Areas


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Low Back Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers
Back Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers
Chronic Neck Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers

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  • Pain Medicine

Board Certifications

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

Conditions Treated

  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Brain Disorders
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Chronic Postoperative Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fracture
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Knee Disorders
  • Low Back Pain
  • Migraine
  • Myelopathy
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Upper Back Pain


Read More


  • Celiac Plexus Block
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Lysis of Adhesions (LOA)
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Oklahoma.

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.


  • Baylor University
    Medical School | Graduated 1976
  • Austin Med Educ Program Seton Hlt
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Mayo Grad School Med/Mayo Fndn
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • St Luke's Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed

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

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Nelson to family and friends
based on 47 total reviews (9 with comments)
Dr. Nelson's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (9)
in Guthrie |
The best caring Dr I know
Oklahoma City, OK |
I went to him and he treated me like I was a street drug addict! I have been disabled for 14 years and on medication for the same length of time and in a lot of pain! He called my PCP an idiot, and talked to me like I was an idiot! Any treatment he ordered took months to happen, if happened at all! I was there each time about 2.5 hours but, let me be late 5 minutes and they would cancel me.
Oklahoma City, OK |
Very unprofessional rude and his staff is even worse
Newalla |
It's difficult to say which is worse,the staff or the Doctor. Extremely rude staff. I was told my appointment was at 9am. So I came in at 9am. Then I was told I was supposed to be 30minutes early since I was a new patient and had to fill out paperwork. So why would they not tell me this important bit of information? Instead of sending me out the door for being late? The Doctor himself took 0 time to listen to anything I said. It seems he had his mind on prescribing me lyrica before I even talked
in Wellston, Oklahoma |
I love Dr. Nelson and his assisting Dr. he Ian very straight forward and caring. The staff has there moments as does anyone. I'd recommend calling before your appointment to double check that they have you on schedule.
Oklahoma City, OK |
Office staff is very unprofessional!! The turnover rate in the office staff is unbelievable! Their new policy stated patients have to be 15 mins early to all appointments or appointment will be rescheduled. I've had several 0800 appointments and I arrive at 0745 and the office staff isn't there yet! Wait times to see the doctor is unreal. A 15min follow up appointment has taken almost 2 hours. None of the office staff is knowledgeable in the medical field. Maybe Taco Bell drive thru.
Okc |
Doctor Nelson does not care how much pain you are in. He is a con for the sale of the Lyrica His favorite advice is go to the ER.
in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma |
Dr Nelson is one of the most honest if not straightforward doctors I've ever been a patient of. His practice is professional and quick. I've been a patient of Dr Nelsons for over a year now and he has treated me for several issues and he's been guiding me towards receiving the best therapy possible.
in Yukon |
I use to see him, personally he is a great guy, but the staff has been an issue for me. They had a tendency to overbook appointments, had a 4 hour wait at times. Urine samples were sent out to whoever contacted them, i still have $1000 worth of collections because insurance doesnt cover chiropractors to do lab work and not at $400 either. If insurance didnt pay fast enough they would turn it immediately to collections, I'm still getting those off my credit record.
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Dr. Nelson accepts 7 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma
    Blue Choice
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Community Care Network
    Standard Network PPO
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Nelson has admitting privileges

Community Hospital
3100 SW 89th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73159
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