Nels L. Carlson M.D.

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Associate Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.9 out of 5 (233 Ratings, 66 Comments)


  • Orthopaedics and rehabilitation

Special focus on

  • Electromyography
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Spine
  • Sports Medicine


  • M.D., Oregon Health & Science University, Portland Oregon 1992
  • Residency:

    • Harvard Medical School-Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston
  • Fellowship:

    • Neurophysiology-Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 1998, 2008


Dr. Carlson is an associate professor with the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation. His primary clinical interests are conservative spine care, sports injuries and electrodiagnostics.


  • English

Patient Ratings

4.9 out of 5 (233 Ratings, 66 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • Dec 14, 2018

    Very positive. Reviewed my issues and answered all my questions.

  • Dec 13, 2018

    Pleasant with a knowledgeable approach. Easy to talk to and communicate with.

  • Dec 07, 2018

    The visit was excellent. The physician is professional, and does a great job explaining the problem or issue, and has a great background knowledge and expertise in treating patients.

  • Dec 07, 2018

    Dr. Carlson is an excellent doctor. Very helpful and encouraging. I always have a good experience with my visits to his office.

  • Dec 06, 2018

    I just thought the Dr. Carlson was extraordinary and I have another appointment with him and I just think he's an outstanding doctor. So I have the highest praise for Dr. Carlson, and my name is Thank you. bye.

  • Nov 29, 2018

    Dr. Nels Carlson is a phenomenal doctor! He has a great way of explaining the assessment of my situation, the overall scope of recovery, and answers in clear terms any questions I may have. I asked him to be my point of contact during my surgery recovery because the other doctor had extremely poor communication skills and vague answers.

  • Nov 29, 2018

    Dr. Nels Carlson has been working with me for many years. He is consistently the most knowledgeable and effective doctor I have ever met.

  • Nov 29, 2018

    Dr. Carlson gave a very clear and discerning diagnosis. I thought I had tendonitis and he said after looking at an x-ray that it was actually arthritis. They gave me very clear instructions how to go about working on healing the problem.

  • Nov 23, 2018

    Dr. Carlson is not rushed, he is calm, and he explains complex concepts well.

  • Nov 16, 2018

    Dr. Carlson has been extremely helpful. He always has wonderful suggestions and he spends time with me and really goes into my problems and issues with my back.

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