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Meet Dr. Nelson

Dr. Johnny T. Nelson is a Raleigh native and a second-generation orthopaedic surgeon. He graduated magna cum laude and phi beta kappa from the University of Dallas, where he played flanker for the university’s rugby football club. He earned his medical degree at the University of Texas where he graduated at the top of his class and was inducted into the AOA medical honors society.

After medical school, Dr. Nelson devoted a year to research at the Laboratory for Regenerative Technologies in Orthopaedic Surgery at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, which resulted in numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals. After completing orthopaedic surgery residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, Dr. Nelson was selected for a fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh where he trained with the nation's premier hand and upper extremity experts. Finally, Dr. Nelson completed an international shoulder fellowship at the world-renowned Shoulder Unit of the Centre Orthopédique Santy in Lyon, France where he further sharpened his expertise in the fields of shoulder arthroscopy, shoulder instability, and shoulder replacement.

In 2022, Dr. Nelson was the first orthopaedic surgeon in the Raleigh-Durham area to perform ultrasound-guided micro-invasive carpal tunnel release.

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"A visit with an orthopedic specialist shouldn’t be your last resort"

What Our Patients Are Saying


Rotator Cuff Repair

Shoulder Replacement

Ultrasound-Guided Carpal Tunnel Release

Thumb Arthritis

Second Opinion

Why Choose Us?

Johnny T. Nelson, MD is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in shoulder, elbow, hand & wrist surgery at the Bone and Joint Surgery Clinic in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is qualified to manage any condition from the shoulder to the fingertips in all age groups, from small children up to end of life. Dr. Nelson is deeply patient-oriented and enjoys his time with each and every patient, not only treating their conditions and curing physical pain, but also learning their story and telling stories of his own.

It's important to keep in mind that not every visit with an orthopedic surgeon means that you're going to have surgery. There are methods and treatment options at our disposal to treat orthopedic and musculoskeletal problems without surgery. Surgery is a last resort. Contact us today to see how Dr. Nelson can help treat your condition.

Dr. Nelson Now Offering Micro-Ivasive Carpal Tunnel Release with Ultrasound Guidance

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What's New?


Will My Carpal Tunnel Come Back After Carpal Tunnel Release?

Will my carpal tunnel come back after carpal tunnel release? A quick online search of carpal tunnel and carpal tunnel ...
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Why Did My Rotator Cuff Tear?

A Rotator Cuff Tear on MRI You may have had a visit with a doctor, physical therapist, chiropractor, or orthopedic ...
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Dr. Nelson’s Research Published in December Issue of HAND

Along with Dr. Richard Singer and a team of researchers including Samuel Gay, Scott Diamond MD, and and Mitchell Gauger ...
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Can I Have My Carpal Tunnel Released on Both Sides at the Same Time?

What do I do if I have carpal tunnel on both sides? Unfortunately, carpal tunnel syndrome is very common.  1 ...
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Announcing: January 10th Carpal Tunnel Open House

Join Dr. Nelson for a free, no obligation scanning open house on January 10th from 6-8PM at the Bone & ...
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What are the advantages of ultrasound-guided carpal tunnel release?

What are the advantages of ultrasound-guided carpal tunnel release? Dr. Johnny T. Nelson offers ultra–minimally invasive carpal tunnel release under ...
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