Dr. Karen Nelson, MD

Pain MedicineFemaleAge 61

Pain Medicine

Dr. Karen Nelson, MD is a Pain Medicine Specialist in Anchorage, AK. She is affiliated with Alaska Native Medical Center.

Dr. Karen Nelson, MD

Southcentral Foundation

4320 Diplomacy Dr Anchorage, AK 99508 ()

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She was always late, rushed, and distracted. She often urged me to do the research because she did not have time to answer my questions. She required a lot of paperwork before each appointment which she never referenced. I always left feeling defeated and frustrated.
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  • Office environment
What could be improved
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • 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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Jill in Missoula, MY – Aug 31, 2016
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Dr. Nelson interrupted me throughout my appointment. I felt that she wasn't interested in what I had to say about decisions about my healthcare. Her manner is abrasive and brusque. She even called me by the wrong name as she had another patient's chart open on her laptop. Dr. Nelson is new to Alaska and to my primary care clinic. I hope she changes things to better serve Alaska's patients.
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  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Wait times
What could be improved
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • 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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Stephanie in Anchorage, AK – Jul 08, 2016
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Biography

Dr. Karen Nelson, MD is a Pain Medicine Specialist in Anchorage, AK. She is affiliated with Alaska Native Medical Center.

Specialties

  • Pain Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Education

University Of Va Med Center
Residency Hospital
University of Texas Medical School At San Antonio
Medical School

Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Dr. Karen Nelson, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Nelson frequently treats Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation, Steroid Injection, and Low Back Pain. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Nelson treats.

Where is Dr. Karen Nelson, MD's office located?

Dr. Nelson's office is located at 4320 Diplomacy Dr, Anchorage, AK 99508. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Dr. Nelson's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Nelson performs Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation more than 55% of her peers

Dr. Nelson performs this procedure more than 55% of her peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Botox® for Migraine Treatment
  • Botox® for the Bladder
Steroid Injection
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Nelson performs Steroid Injection more than 25% of her peers

Dr. Nelson performs this procedure more than 25% of her peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Thoracic Epidural Steroid Injection
Low Back Pain
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Nelson treats Low Back Pain more than 21% of her peers

Dr. Nelson treats this condition more than 21% of her peers

Dr. Nelson's conditions and procedures:

  • Back Pain
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Joint Drainage
  • Low Back Pain
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylitis
  • Steroid Injection
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
  • Upper Back Pain

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(907) 729-3300

Dr. Nelson accepts the following insurance:

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Locations

Southcentral Foundation

Anchorage Native Primary Care Center4320 Diplomacy Dr Anchorage, AK 99508
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    • Mon: 8:15am - 5:00pm
    • Tue: 8:15am - 5:00pm
    • Wed: 9:30am - 6:30pm
    • Thu: 8:15am - 5:00pm
    • Fri: 8:15am - 5:00pm
    • Sat: closed
    • Sun: closed
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