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Meet Dr. Nelson

Dr. Johnny T. Nelson is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, dual fellowship-trained in both shoulder and hand surgery. 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 graduated at the top of his medical school class at the University of Texas 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 Michigan, Dr. Nelson was selected from hundreds of competitive applicants 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, and in 2023 performed the first ultrasound-guided trigger finger release. He lectures at international meetings, his research is published in multiple peer-reviewed journals, and he provides patient-centered care to those living in Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Apex, Wake Forest, Clayton, and Garner.


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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Is It Normal To Have Pain After Carpal Tunnel Release?

Carpal tunnel release surgery, especially minimally invasive ultrasound-guided carpal tunnel release offered by carpal tunnel specialist Dr. Johnny Nelson, is ...
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Dr. Nelson Selected to Serve on the Executive Committee of the MSK Ultrasound Forum

Dr. Nelson Selected to Serve on the Executive Committee of the MSK Ultrasound Forum in Toronto, Ontario this October. The ...
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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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