Dr. Robert Knowlan, MD

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Sports Medicine

Dr. Robert Knowlan, MD is a Sports Medicine Specialist in Stillwater, MN and has over 29 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Creighton University School Of Medicine medical school in 1993. He is affiliated with Abbott Northwestern Hospital, winner of the Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award. He is also affiliated with Amery Hospital and Clinic. His office accepts new patients.

Dr. Robert Knowlan, MD

Twin Cities Orthopedics

5715 Memorial Ave N Stillwater, MN 55082 ()
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Dr. Knowlan's conditions and procedures:

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Gout
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Juvenile Chronic Arthritis
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Cramp
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lupus
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Meniscus Surgery
  • Morton's Neuroma
  • Musculoskeletal Function Test
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • 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 Spine
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Still's Disease
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Trigger Finger

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Dr. Knowlan accepts the following insurance:

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Balanced Blue Preferred-WI POS
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Gold Blue Access-WI PPO
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Lumenos plans - Blue Preferred-WI
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Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
Blue Preferred Plus POS
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
Blue Cross Accord
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin
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CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
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Dr. Knowlan's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Knowlan

4.9

Based on 51 ratings

5 Stars
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He listened to me. He treated me like a human being not a statistic. He took the time to answer questions.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Barb Miles – Jun 17, 2020
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Very happy with the care provided for me by Dr. Knowlan. Greatly appreciate him providing his skills to insure best possible recovery of my injury. I feel I was worked on by the best in the business. Also very grateful of his entire team/staff. Thank you.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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Zachary Fredrickson – May 31, 2020
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Everyone was excellent-no more pain
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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Mar 14, 2020
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Dr. Knowlan did surgery on my left hip a year and a half ago, and am so pleased with the results. He and all those working with him couldn't have been better. Now am having surgery in the other hip, I trust him and know his work is excellent. Looking forward to having both hips in good working order!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • 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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Kay Peterson – Mar 05, 2020
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Wonderful! I had a TKR three years ago by a different surgeon who since has retired. My knee gave me problems for three years, finally it was time to do something about it. I made an appointment with Dr. Knowlan because of the many positive referrals I heard about from friends. It was something I should have done much sooner, Dr. Knowlan recommened a knee revision which was done early February 2019, six weeks after surgery I"ve never felt better. My gratefulness to Dr. Knowlan is beyond words!
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Dr. Knowlan has done 2 of my husband’ s arthroscopic knee surgeries- both successful and the last one with virtually little post op pain. He was able to schedule him in quickly once the diagnosis was made. All questions covered thoroughly
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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St. Paul, MN – Jan 04, 2018
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I visited Dr. Knowlan because of acute pain in my right knee. A year ago, another orthopedic took a look at it and concluded that nothing could be done. He said, "you're in your 50s and you're just gonna have to live with the pain." But last October, I decided to get a second opinion. When I described my symptoms to Dr. Knowlan, he knew instantly what was wrong–Plica Syndrome. He scoped my knee the next week and now, four months later, the knee is strong and pain-free. Pretty amazing.
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
2 people found this helpful
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Joe Stefanson in Minneapolis, MN – Mar 01, 2017
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Dr. Knowlan did my father in laws knee replacements along with a number of other public safety professionals. I was referred to him after an injury to my knee and also saw hip after having hip pain. He found the problems immediately unfortunately, I was unable to have him fix the issues due to not needing a replacement but rather arthroscopic surgery. Great doc, down to earth and easy to speak with...not stuffy!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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St Paul, MN – Feb 09, 2017
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I had a hip which had to be replaced and when I consulted with Dr. Knowlan, I felt assured that the surgery would be fairly easy and successful. It was. I had a quick recovery and went back to my life. I would not hesitate to see Dr. Knowlan if I ever have another orthopedic issue.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Gay Williamson in Hudson, WI – Nov 08, 2016
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Made a post op error starting a cascade that ended up leaving me with chronic pain. He doesn't know if I ever walked again. One time made me wait til the last appointment time, despite the fact I was on time for my 3:45 pm appointment. Then was putting his coat on and packing his brief case, obviously not interested in my care. He was done dealing with me.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • 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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St Paul, MN – Aug 25, 2016
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Wonderful experience. Has the big picture in focus, always. True, personal care - the best I've come across in all my years..
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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bill gaskell in Saint Paul, MN – Jun 03, 2016
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Biography

Dr. Robert Knowlan, MD is a Sports Medicine Specialist in Stillwater, MN and has over 29 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Creighton...Read more

Specialties

  • Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

Education

1998
Henry Ford Hospital
Residency Hospital
1994
Henry Ford Hospital
Internship Hospital
1993
Creighton University School Of Medicine
Medical School
1989
University Of St.Thomas
Undergraduate School
1985
St. Cloud State University
Undergraduate School
,

Awards

  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • AOA: Honor Medical Society Candidate,
  • Honors: Surgery, Medicine, Pediatrics, OB/GYN,
  • Deans List Junior Year in Medical School,
  • Lakeview Memorial Scholarship, 1990-1993

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What are Dr. Robert Knowlan, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Knowlan frequently treats Musculoskeletal Function Test, Meniscus Surgery, and Adhesive Capsulitis. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Knowlan treats.

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Dr. Knowlan's office is located at 5715 Memorial Ave N, Stillwater, MN 55082. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Locations

Twin Cities Orthopedics

Twin Cities Orthopedics5715 Memorial Ave N Stillwater, MN 55082
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Twin Cities Orthopedics Eagan - Viking Lakes2700 Vikings Cir Eagan, MN 55121
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Twin Cities Orthopedics

Infinite Health Collaborative PA4200 Dahlberg Dr Ste 300 Golden Valley, MN 55422
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Knowlan is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

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Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Minneapolis, MN

82% Patients that would definitely recommend, 12% higher than the national average

33 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™ (2022)

Amery Hospital and Clinic

Amery, WI

82% Patients that would definitely recommend, 12% higher than the national average

Hudson Hospital and Clinic

Hudson, WI

76% Patients that would definitely recommend, 6% higher than the national average

Lakeview Hospital

Stillwater, MN

84% Patients that would definitely recommend, 14% higher than the national average

5 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2022)

M Health Fairview Lakes Medical Center

Wyoming, MN

72% Patients that would definitely recommend, 2% higher than the national average

2 Awards Received

M Health Fairview St. John's Hospital

Maplewood, MN

64% Patients that would definitely recommend, 6% lower than the national average

1 Award Received

M Health Fairview Woodwinds Hospital

Woodbury, MN

79% Patients that would definitely recommend, 9% higher than the national average

6 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2021)

Osceola Medical Center

Osceola, WI

85% Patients that would definitely recommend, 15% higher than the national average

Regions Hospital

Saint Paul, MN

73% Patients that would definitely recommend, 3% higher than the national average

13 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2021)

River Falls Area Hospital

River Falls, WI

81% Patients that would definitely recommend, 11% higher than the national average

1 Award Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2020)

Westfields Hospital & Clinic

New Richmond, WI

78% Patients that would definitely recommend, 8% higher than the national average

1 Award Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2020)