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Nathan P. Olafsen, MD

Assistant Professor, Orthopedic Surgery

Specialty Areas

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Sports Medicine

Board Certifications

Sports Medicine
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Hospital Affiliations

Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital

Areas of Clinical Interest

Evaluation and nonoperative management of all musculoskeletal injuries, with special interests in tendon and joint disorders, sports-related injures in runners and other endurance athletes as well as adaptive, overhead, and younger athletes.

Common diagnoses treated include: Carpal tunnel syndrome, lumbar herniated disc, osteoarthritis, radiculopathy (sciatica), stress fractures, tendon and ligament injuries. Common procedures include: Electrodiagnostic studies (EMG/nerve conduction studies), fluoroscopic lumbar spine injections, hyaluronic acid injections, peripheral joint injections (fluoroscopic and ultrasound guided).

  • Location(s)
  • Education
  • Publication & Research



Center for Advanced Medicine
Orthopedic Surgery Center

4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO 63110
Phone: 314-514-3500

Center for Advanced Medicine - South County

5201 Midamerica Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63129

Suite: 1500
Office Phone: 314-514-3500



Fellowship, Sports Medicine: University of Washington, Seattle, WA 2017
Residency, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: University of Washington, Seattle, WA 2016
Medical Degree: University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO 2012

Publication & Research

Publication & Research

Pain management in sport: therapeutic injections.
Olafsen NP, Herring SA
Handb Clin Neurol. 2018; 158431-442. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-444-63954-7.00040-9.

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Injectable Corticosteroids in Sport.
Olafsen NP, Herring SA, Orchard JW
Clin J Sport Med. 2018 Sep; 28(5)451-456. doi: 10.1097/JSM.0000000000000603.

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Lumbar Muscle Cross-Sectional Areas Do Not Predict Clinical Outcomes in Adults With Spinal Stenosis: A Longitudinal Study.
Gellhorn AC, Suri P, Rundell SD, Olafsen N, Carlson MJ, Johnson S, Fry A, Annaswamy TM, Gilligan C, Comstock B, Heagerty P, Friedly J, Jarvik JG
PM R. 2017 Jun; 9(6)545-555. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2016.09.014.

    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Final Comment: Return-to-Play Decision Making: Does Level of Competition Make a Difference?
Liem BC, Olafsen NP, Harrast MA, Herring SA
PM R. 2016 Mar; 8(3 Suppl)S139-43. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2015.09.021.

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