Dr. Erik Nelson, ND is a Naturopathic Doctor with a passion for empowered, personalized medicine. Serving the Calgary community from where he was born and raised, Dr. Nelson believes in patient-centred care grounded in results-driven medicine.
Dr. Nelson’s competencies include both kinesiology and regenerative medicine, as well as acute and chronic pain conditions, men’s health, and sports medicine. He’s taught Advanced Topics in Regenerative Medicine Course virtually at his alma mater, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine.
A lot of doctors who enter medicine struggle with a type of health issue themselves and the same goes for Dr. Nelson, ND—technically speaking anyway. Growing up, Dr. Nelson, ND was just always getting injured!
In his youth, Dr. Nelson, ND was involved in volleyball, water polo, swimming, diving and a bunch of other sports. Of course, that came with a whole host of injuries.
It wasn’t until Dr. Nelson, ND began his studies at the University of Western Ontario that he visited a physiotherapist. The verdict? His physical health was in shambles: His glutes were inactive, his knees weren’t supported, and his feet had zero arches.
Believe it or not, just a little bit of PT and a lot of work in the gym cured a great deal of his pain. Looking back 10 years later, Dr. Nelson, ND realizes this definitely helped move him towards the type of medicine he’s practicing today.
“Naturopathic medicine is a huge piece of the puzzle. I think that it’s what’s missing in a lot of people’s healthcare and wellness care currently. Naturopaths treat the entire person. We are respecting the body and what it’s trying to do, and work with the body instead of trying to work against the body.” -Dr. Erik Nelson, ND
All it took was putting the power over his health back in Dr. Nelson’s hands. When he could see that there were alternatives to common steroid injections or traditional ice and rest, a light bulb went off in his head. Once he learned of his imbalances, he built off of them, getting stronger and more stable—and getting injured less! He was finally able to get more active in his favourite hobbies, like running.
Before naturopathic care, Dr. Nelson, ND would struggle with knee pain when he attempted to run, preventing him from participating in one of his best stress relieving tools. Now, with a bit of empowerment and education, he can remain active without the fear of lingering pain.
A Calgary native, Dr. Nelson, ND is an avid athlete who prefers any activity that combines his two joys: exercise and nature. In his spare time, he enjoys running, hiking, swimming, and lifting weights. In fact, Dr. Nelson, ND currently trains for and competes in Ironman branded triathlon events.
When Dr. Nelson, ND isn’t with patients or enjoying the great outdoors, he’s spending time with his wife, and their two sons.
March 10, 2022
“Dr. Nelson helped me with several issues related to my arthritis of the knees. Not only the prolothetapy he applied started working fast and effectively but he also took a lot of time going over the procedure, explaining in detail the mechanics of the knees, and how to help the treatment be more effective, including strengthening exercises, explaining the correct use and dosage of supplements, reviewing and correcting plans of action, etc, all with genuine care and interest in helping me improve my mobility and health. Thank you Dr. Nelson.” – .
August 25, 2023
I cannot recommend Dr. Erik Nelson enough! I have had a chronic knee injury for ten years, which he has helped me to recover from (finally)! I had seen countless physiotherapists, massage therapists, personal trainers, kinesiologists, physicians, and was on a waitlist for a sports medicine specialist for two years before they finally called me while I was out of country. I kid you not, within the first 20 minutes of my initial appointment with Dr. Nelson he had diagnosed my injury and had a working treatment that got me results right away! I had pretty much given up ever being able to run again, but I am very happy to share that I have been back to running pain-free for over 6 months now. He has given back my most valuable self care. It has been the greatest gift. If you have a sports injury go see Dr. Nelson!