Personal Injury Orthopedic Specialist

Getting into a car accident can be one of the scariest moments of a person’s life. It doesn’t take a major accident to break bones, dislocate joints, or damage vital soft tissue structures of the musculoskeletal system. Furthermore, the process of filing Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits with an automobile insurance carrier, whether it is yours or the other party’s policy, can be frustrating. This only serves to make a bad situation worse, adding confusion and annoyance from the process to pain and uncertainty from the injury. At Nilssen Orthopedics, we go above and beyond for patients who have been involved in accidents—motor vehicle or otherwise—to ensure all of their orthopedic needs are met in a timely manner. Dr. Nilssen specializes in diagnosing and treating orthopedic injuries following an accident, with the ultimate goal of maximizing quality of life and getting patients back to their pre-accident levels of health and activity as quickly as possible.

When to Seek Medical Treatment

While someone involved in an accident may seem fine in the immediate aftermath, the surge of adrenaline generated by the body during and immediately after a crash can cover up serious but invisible injuries. These hidden injuries can go on to rear their ugly head in the days or weeks following the accident, and, if left untreated, they can lead to years of pain and suffering. Therefore, it is very important to seek out the appropriate level of medical care immediately following an accident to ensure you maximize your chances of quick and complete recovery.

In addition to the clinical implications of waiting, there are also financial considerations to take into account when deciding when and where to seek treatment following an accident. In order to qualify for Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits, which is the primary source of funding for injuries stemming from an accident, you have to see an approved physician within 14 days of an accident. Waiting to seek medical treatment can therefore make your injury worse /and/ harm you and your family financially.

Injuries We Treat at Nilssen Orthopedics

The extent of Dr. Nilssen’s medical training makes him uniquely qualified to provide post-accident orthopedic care. As a dual fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Nilssen can provide competent orthopedic care across the entire musculoskeletal system. Specifically, he treats:

  • Fractures in the foot and ankle, knee, arm, elbow, shoulder, and collarbone;
  • Soft tissue injuries, including tendon and ligament tears, damage to muscle and connective tissue, and other sprains and strains;
  • Injuries to the nervous system causing numbness, tingling, or neuropathy; and
  • Neck and back injuries, including whiplash and disc damage.

Dr. Nilssen treats injuries resulting from a variety of accidents, including automobile and motorcycle accidents, falls, and work-site injuries. However you’ve been injured, Nilssen Orthopedics is uniquely positioned to accurately diagnose your injury and develop a treatment plan designed to get you back on your feet as quickly as possible.

Available Treatments

At Nilssen Orthopedics, our primary goal is to diagnose the source of your pain quickly and efficiently. To that end, at your first visit, Dr. Nilssen and his staff will speak with you to understand your accident and how your body was impacted, conduct a thorough physical examination, and order all of the necessary diagnostic tests to better understand your injury. Nilssen Orthopedics offers in-house imaging, so if your care team determines you need one of these advanced diagnostic tests, they can be performed during your visit.

Based on your diagnosis, your treatment plan can include anything from rest and physical therapy to surgery. Nilssen Orthopedics is equipped to offer a variety of conservative treatment options like casting, Durable Medical Equipment (DME), and physical therapy as soon as the determination is made that your injury can be treated with a conservative approach. Dr. Nilssen also employs a number of non- and minimally-invasive techniques in an attempt to stave off the need for surgery, which is always our goal. However, should your injury require surgery, rest assured that Dr. Nilssen and his team use cutting-edge surgical techniques to maximize healing and minimize recovery time, including arthroscopy and other minimally-invasive techniques.

The Road to Recovery

If you have been involved in an accident, the first step to healing is choosing the best care team you can find; at Nilssen Orthopedics, we firmly believe that team is us. Our team will work with you to schedule your initial appointment, help you understand how Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits work, and lay out what to expect on your road to recovery. While overall treatment and recovery time is unique to each injury, you cannot expect to experience full recovery unless you quickly seek out the best treatment team you can.

So if you’ve been involved in an accident and are in pain, schedule an appointment with us today!

About Dr. Nilssen

Erik Nilssen, MD is a board-certified and dual fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon. He is the Director and guiding force behind the Nilssen Orthopedics Ankle and Foot Center in Pensacola, Florida. Dr. Nilssen graduated Cum Laude from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science. He continued his medical education at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, where he earned a Doctor of Medicine. Following graduation, he completed a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He went on to complete two Fellowships at the American Sports Medicine Institute under the tutelage of Dr. James Andrews: a one year immersion in Sports Medicine followed by a focused Foot and Ankle Fellowship with Drs. John Kirchner and Angus McBryde. Dr. Nilssen’s time at ASMI afforded him the opportunity to hone his surgical expertise in treating disorders of the musculoskeletal system.

Specialized in Diagnosing Injuries in the Following Areas:

  • Foot
  • Ankle
  • Knee
  • Hand
  • Wrist
  • Elbow
  • Shoulder

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