Dr. Russell Nelson, MD

Dr. Russell Nelson, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 66
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Dr. Russell Nelson, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Thousand Oaks, CA and has been practicing for 35 years. He graduated from Rush University in 1977 and specializes in orthopedic surgery, orthopedic spine surgery, and more.

250 Lombard St Ste 1

Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Group Health Cooperative
  • Health Net
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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Nelson performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Myelopathy
very high
more than 99% of peers
Neck Muscle Strain
very high
more than 97% of peers
Spine Deformities
very high
more than 96% of peers

Dr. Nelson's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Nelson "Established in Southern California over five years ago, the Nelson Spine Institute remains the most advanced center for back and spine care in Ventura County. We continue to restore patients who are suffering from spinal pain to pain-free spinal functioning using the safest, least invasive and most conservative treatment methods possible. Nelson Spine Institute is a state-of-the-art, comprehensive spinal health center located in Thousand Oaks, California. Founded by Russell W. Nelson, M.D., a longtime Thousand Oaks resident and an active complex spinal surgeon for more than 30 years, the institute remains the most advanced center for spinal care in Ventura County. Specializing in the treatment of spinal problems, including the simplest back ailments to complex spinal conditions from the neck to the low back, Nelson Spine Institute utilizes a range of treatment options and offers university-affiliated pain specialists and physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists to treat patients chronic pain problems when surgery is not necessary."
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3  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Non-Surgical Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery

1  Board Certifications

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

80  Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Broken Arm
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Sprain
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Torticollis
  • Trigger Finger
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19  Procedures

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

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

  • University Of Illinois
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1974
  • Rush University
    Medical School | Graduated 1977
  • University Of California
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1978
  • University Of California
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1979
  • Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic Clinic
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1983
  • Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1983

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Nelson has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Nelson's Reviews

2.8
Likelihood of recommending Dr. Nelson to family and friends
18 total reviews (2 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (18)

  • 5
    (8)
  • 4
    (0)
  • 3
    (0)
  • 2
    (0)
  • 1
    (10)

Dr. Nelson's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

    GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well

    GOOD
  • Answers questions

    GOOD
  • Time well spent

    GOOD

Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

    VERY GOOD
  • Office environment

    VERY GOOD
  • Staff friendliness

    VERY GOOD
  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (2)

Dr. Nelson took me on as a Fed Worker Comp patient when no one else would. He reviewed my condition, explained in detail the how's and why's then gave a detailed description of planned surgical treatment, recovery and therapeutic needs. He was spot on for each procedural step and, after 1.5 years...more
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The most amazing Doctor and staff that I have ever dealt with! Considering this was my 13th surgery since 2006(was a professional mixed martial arts fighter and stuntman) I would say that I have much experience in this topic. Kind, understanding and really makes you feel like he cares about your...more
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