Orthopedic Care at Fairview Maple Grove Medical Center

Expert care to keep you moving!

When a sports injury, or knee, hand, foot, shoulder or back pain keeps you from activities you love, orthopedic specialists from University of Minnesota Physicians are who you should turn to. Our team of doctors and surgeons at Fairview Maple Grove Medical Center offers the best in orthopedic care for people of all ages. We’ll partner with you to get you back to a pain-free and healthy lifestyle you can enjoy.

Schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists at Fairview Maple Grove Medical Center by calling 763-898-1000.

Conditions We Treat
We partner with the areas leading orthopedic surgeons to treat a wide variety of conditions or injuries including:
  • Sports injuries
  • Shoulder injuries and conditions
  • Knee injuries and conditions
  • Degenerative diseases (i.e. Osteoarthritis)
  • Carpal Tunnel pain and associated weakness
  • Hand condition and injuries
  • ACL repair
  • Foot and ankle conditions and injuries (i.e. bunions)
  • Any other conditions or injuries to the bones, joints or soft tissue that require surgery

If surgery is needed, many can be performed right here at Fairview Maple Grove Medical Center in our Ambulatory Surgery Center.
Fairview Rehab and Institute for Athletic Medicine

Physical therapy to get you back in the game of life

Fairview Rehabilitation Services and The Institute for Athletic Medicine, a service of Fairview and North Memorial, provides orthopedic and sports physical therapy. Our team of physical therapists, certified athletic trainers and chiropractors specialize in caring for muscles, bones and joints for a variety of sport and orthopedic conditions. Our goal is to help you return to activity after injury, surgery or illness as quickly and as safely as possible.

For more information on the Institute for Athletic Medicine, visit their web site, or call 612-672-7100.

Care Team

Our Providers Make the Difference
Fairview features nearly 4,000 providers practicing at over 200 locations throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and beyond. Fairview Clinics, University of Minnesota Physicians and our independent partner clinics provide an exceptional care experience, while lowering the overall costs of health care.

Hard work and skill keeps player in the game

“I grew up dreaming of playing college football or even in the NFL. I simply love football,” says Nick Frohreich, a quarterback from Champlin. A series of injuries put Nick’s dreams in jeopardy.


As a high school freshman Nick dislocated both knee caps, then dislocated his left knee cap a second time as a sophomore. This time he needed surgery to rebuild his ligaments and stabilize his knee cap.

After receiving recommendations from several people, Nick turned to Bradley Nelson, MD, a University of Minnesota Physicians orthopedic surgeon at Fairview Maple Grove Medical Center. As the Medical Director for University Of Minnesota Athletics and a member of the Minnesota Wild’s medical team, Dr. Nelson is an expert in keeping athletes in the game.

Nick recovered well from his knee surgery and stayed injury-free until his senior year.

“I was running down the football field. Another player spun me around. My right shoulder and arm went back and over my head,” remembers Nick. “I knew right away that I was hurt. I worried whether I’d be able to play quarterback again.”

Nick finished the season playing tight end and despite wearing a brace, he still dislocated his shoulder a few more times. In December Dr. Nelson operated on Nick’s shoulder.

“As a throwing athlete, he needed surgery to restore stability to his shoulder,” says Dr. Nelson. “The surgery to repair a labrum can be an open surgery or arthroscopic. I chose arthroscopy to repair Nick’s labrum, as the technique uses very small incisions, increasing the chance for a full recovery.”

After five months of physical therapy, Nick was able to fulfill his childhood dream and is playing football at University of Wisconsin – River Falls.

“For Nick to overcome two major injuries is a testament to the amount of work he’s put in and the passion he has to follow his dream” says Dr. Nelson.

Nick’s father, Scott also gives credit to Dr. Nelson, “we trusted his opinion and skill. He is always very forth coming about the extent of Nick’s injuries and set realistic expectations for his recovery. Dr. Nelson came highly recommended to us – and now we recommend him to anyone with a sports injury.”
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