Lori E Nelson, MD| Interventional Spine And Musculoskeletal Medicine, Physical Medicine And Rehabilitation | MedStar Health

Lori E Nelson, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.7 out of 5 (395 reviews)

Specialities: Interventional Spine And Musculoskeletal Medicine, Physical Medicine And Rehabilitation

Languages: English

(301) 581-8031

About me

Lori Nelson, MD, is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and fellowship-trained in Interventional Spine/Pain Management. Her clinical practice emphasizes the nonsurgical management of musculoskeletal disease. Dr. Nelson specializes in fluoroscopic spine injections, non-operative orthopaedic/sports medicine, and occupational medicine.

Dr. Nelson previously worked in private practice in Northern Virginia and as an attending at Performance Spine and Sports Physicians (PSSP) in Pennsylvania.

She received her medical degree from Loma Linda University, completed an Internal Medicine internship at Drexel-Hahnemann University Hospital, and a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at Boston Medical Center, where she served as chief resident. She completed a fellowship in Interventional Spine/Pain Management at PSSP.

Clinical areas of focus

  • Back Pain
  • Epidural Injection
  • Hip Pain
  • Joint Injection
  • Knee Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Block
  • Pain Management
  • Spine Injection
  • Sports Related Injury
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Arthritis
  • Back Muscle Injury
  • Back Pain
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spinal Stenosis
  • Facet Joint Syndrome
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Neck Sprain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Patellofemoral Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Repetitive Stress Injury
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Sciatica
  • Spasticity
  • Sports Related Injury
  • Ulnar Neuropathy
  • Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders
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Procedures I perform

  • Epidural Injection
  • Facet Injection
  • Joint Injection
  • Medial Branch Blocks
  • Musculoskeletal Injection
  • Neck Rehabilitation
  • Nerve Block
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Pain Management
  • Radiofrequency Rhizotomy
  • Spine Injection
  • Sports Injury Rehabilitation
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Practice locations

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5454 Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 1100
Chevy Chase, MD, 20815

301-215-9420

Fax 301-215-4470

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Fax 301-215-4470

6410 Rockledge Drive
Suite 600
Bethesda, MD, 20817

301-581-8091

Fax 301-581-8031

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Insurance

MedStar Medical Group accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Medical Group, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna USAccess (POS)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std. & Basic PPO)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • First Health PPO
    • FIRST HEALTH
    • Tricare Prime
    • Tricare Standard
    • Tricare Extra (Indemnity)
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • MedStar Medicare Choice
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • United Student Resources
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • OneNet PPO, Inc.
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • United Healthcare Core Essential (HMO)
    • Optimum Choice
    • United Healthcare Navigate
    • United Healthcare Compass (HMO)
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • Network OA
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • CIGNA EPO
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Open HMO
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Open POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus

Education

Board Certification: American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Residency Program: Boston University Medical Center (2008)

Internship Program: Drexel College of Medicine Hahnemann Univ Hosp (2005)

Medical School: Loma Linda University School of Medicine (2004)

Ratings and reviews

  • Provider explained things understandably

    4.7
  • Provider listened carefully

    4.7
  • Provider knew medical history

    4.6
  • Provider showed respect

    4.8
  • Provider spent enough time with patient

    4.7
  • Mar 21, 2022

    I was dissatisfied with my care. I felt that the doctor did not listen enough. It also seemed like she wasn't putting a lot of effort Into resolving my pain. She was unable to pull the MRI up and she said well if you come again, make an appointment at the Chevy Chase office because the CD player there works. That should not be the solution. She could contact Adventist healthcare or I could contact Adventist Heathcare. It seemed like a lazy solution. If my pain persists, I may seek treatment elsewhere.

  • Mar 14, 2022

    Dr Nelson was very approachable and ready to talk to. She was also very quick to appreciate my problems.

  • Feb 22, 2022

    I had the feeling I needed some prescription or injection to help reduce the pain but that was not even considered. Just keeping the prescription I already had received from my PCP. Still after the visit I have had pain and discomfort but unfortunately don't have any prescription to help me with that.