Why Raleigh Upper Ex

Johnny 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, to not only treat their conditions and 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.

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Second Opinion / MRI Review

Dr. Johnny nelson can provide a complimentary review of your shoulder, elbow, hand & wrist x-rays and/or MRI to determine if a consultation in our office may be beneficial to you.

Treatments & Conditions


Shoulder Conditions and Treatments

Many shoulder problems are caused by soft tissue problems in the shoulder. Using the shoulder too much without proper rest can cause the soft tissue injuries to worsen.

For example athletes and those working in jobs requiring manual labor frequently experience shoulder pain and injuries. Some of the more common shoulder injuries include dislocations, separations, tendinitis, bursitis, torn rotator cuffs, frozen shoulder and fractures. Shoulder injuries can cause pain in one spot, in a larger area, or in some cases down the arm.

Dr. Nelson Treats a Wide Range of Shoulder Conditions, including:

Arthritis, Rotator Cuff Tears, Biceps Tendonitis, Instability, Labral Tears, Fractures & Injuries

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Hand & Wrist Conditions and Treatments

When a problem takes place in the hand, care must be given to all the different types of tissues that make function of the hand possible. Overuse and repetitive motion injuries are very common in the hand and wrist. Sports-related injuries are also prevalent.

If the patient needs surgery, then most of these conditions can be treated on an outpatient basis by Dr. Nelson.

Dr. Nelson Treats the Following Hand & Wrist Conditions:

Hand & Wrist Arthritis, Ulnar-sided Wrist Pain, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Fractures of Wrist, Hand, or Fingers, Tendonitis & Trigger Fingers, Nerve, Tendon, & Ligament Injuries


Elbow Conditions and Treatments

Overuse injuries are very prevalent in the elbow. People who are active in the gym are especially prone to these conditions. Most conditions of the elbow can be treated non-surgically by Dr. Nelson.

Dr. Nelson Treats the Following Elbow Conditions:

Tennis Elbow, Golfer’s Elbow, Bicep & Triceps Tears & Ruptures, Fractures & Injuries, Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Meet Dr. Johnny T. 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 starting flanker for the university’s rugby football club. He earned his medical degree at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he graduated at the top of his class and was inducted into the AOA medical honors society.

Between medical school and residency, 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.

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Location Map: 3801 Wake Forest Road Raleigh, NC 27609
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