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Orthopedic Surgery, Board Certified Sports Medicine Fellowship Sports Medicine Subspecialty Certification

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Areas of Focus

Hip Care
Knee Care
Sports Medicine

Practice Overview

Dr. Christopher Larson is a nationally and internationally renowned fellowship-trained orthopedic sports medicine surgeon who specializes in cutting edge techniques for ACL Reconstruction, Meniscal Repair, Hip Arthroscopy, FAI Surgery and Hip Labral Repair, Proximal Hamstring Repair, Hip Abductor Tendon Repair, and Exertional Compartment Syndrome in Athletes. Certified by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, he has pioneered various sports medicine surgical techniques and is committed to research, having published and authored numerous textbooks and over 90 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Larson is a frequent invited lecturer having presented research and surgical techniques in countries such as Switzerland, Japan, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Turkey, Denmark, and France.

Dr. Larson serves as program director for the ACGME accredited Minnesota Orthopedic Sports Medicine Institute (MOSMI)/Fairview Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, and practices at TCO/MOSMI clinic in Edina, Minnesota. He is a Master Instructor for the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) and Co-chairman for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery Hip Preservation Course.

Dr. Larson has extensive experience with high school, collegiate, and professional athletes and provides coverage for a number of sports teams.  He is currently the Head Orthopedic Surgeon for the Minnesota Vikings (NFL) and former Team Physician for the Minnesota Wild (NHL).  In addition, Dr. Larson regularly sees other professional athletes from various Major League Baseball, NBA, NHL, NFL, and professional Soccer teams.

Dr. Larson has been consistently voted a Top Doctor by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine (10 times), and Minnesota Monthly, and has been recognized as a Top Orthopedic Surgeon by U.S. News & World Report.

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Adrian Peterson has another quick recovery after knee surgery by Dr. Larson
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Dr. Chris Larson repairs knee of Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson
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4 Part Documentary: Professional Soccer Player Pablo Campos ACL Injury and ACL Surgery by Dr. Larson

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2. ACL Surgery by Dr. Larson Watch Video

3. ACL Rehabilitation Watch Video

4. Return to Professional Soccer Watch Video

Dr. Larson answers a few questions regarding his new publication – Athletic Hip Injuries
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Arthroscopy presents predictable approach in management of hip-related disorders – Orthopedics Today Hawaii
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Dr. Larson discusses autograft selection – Orthopedics Today Hawaii
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Star High School football quarterback has successful meniscal surgery by Dr. Larson and leads his team into the playoffs only weeks later
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Wild defenseman Marco Scandella has hip surgery by Dr. Chris Larson
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Clinical Interest

Hip Care

Knee Care

Sports Medicine

Education

Certification
Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Subspecialty Certification in Sports Medicine

Fellowship
Fellowship in Sports Medicine at the Minneapolis Sports Medicine Center

Residency
University of North Carolina

Medical Degree
University of Minnesota Medical School

Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations

Crosstown Surgery Center
Fairview Southdale Hospital

Professional Affiliations

Adjunct Assistant Professor, U of M Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (2007)

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

American College of Sports Medicine

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

Arthroscopy Association of North America

Co-Chief Orthopedics, University of Minnesota Medical Center (2005 – 2007)

Consultant Reviewer, Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (2004 – Present)

Consultant Reviewer, Arthroscopy (2006 – Present)

Consultant Reviewer, Clinical Orthopedics & Related Research (2005 – Present)

Director of Education, Minnesota Sports Medicine Foundation (2004 – Present)

Director of Education, MOSMI/Fairview, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Program (2005 – Present)

Editorial Board, Arthroscopy

International Society for Hip Arthroscopy

Program Director, Fairview/MOSMI Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship (2010 – Present)

Achievements and Awards

Voted “Best Doctor” in Minnesota Monthly (2016)

Minnesota Monthly Top Doctor for Women (2010)

The Resident Research Award, University of North Carolina (orthopedics and musculoskeletal courses) Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Minnesota Medical School

Top Doctor: Voted a top orthopedic surgeon by his peers in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine (2007 – 2010, 2012 – 2017)

Voted a top doctor in orthopedic surgery in Minnesota by US News and World Report (2012)

William C. Patton Resident Teaching Award, University of North Carolina

   

Sports Affiliations

Head Team Physician: Minnesota Vikings (2015 – Present)
Event Coverage: World Championship Wrestling (1999 – 2000)
Fellowship: Minnesota Timberwolves (2001 – 2002)
Team Coverage: Men’s USA Soccer (2004 – 2005)
Team Coverage: University of North Carolina, Tar Heel Football and Soccer (1999 – 2000)
Team Physician: Augsburg College (2002 – 2015)
Team Physician: Edina High School (2003 – Present)
Team Physician: Minnesota Vikings (2007 – 2011)
Team Physician: Minnesota Wild (2012 – 2015)

Staff

Kevin Reichart, PA-C
Certified Physician Assistant

Michelle I.
Care Coordinator

Patient Testimonials

November 28, 2017

Betsy C.

Dear Mr. Simonson,

I have been coming to Twin Cities Orthopedics since it opened. There are certain Doctors and Surgeons that stand out with their personality and professionalism. Dr. Christopher Larson, MD is one of Twin Cities Orthopedics Outstanding Physicians!

I have been seeing Dr. Larson over the past 3 years with a Large Labral Tear in my right hip. Dr. Larson is personable, kind, courteous and a smile that is always calming and caring!

Dr. Larson always goes the “extra mile” with his knowledge, concern and explaining what the injury is and how to maintain it.

Dr. Larson is a “great asset” to the Twin Cities Orthopedic Team! Please pass these comments on to Dr. Larson and thank you!

Sincerely,

Betsy C.

July 21, 2017

Jeannie E.

Hi Dr Larson,

In Feb 2015 you reattached my torn hamstring.  Prior to my surgery, my fastest marathon time was a 4:20.  This past December, I ran my first marathon post surgery.  I came close to my PR, but not quite — I ran a 4:22 at the California International Marathon in Sacramento.  Yesterday, I ran my second marathon post surgery … I ran a 4:05:13 in Fargo, a 15 minute PR!  Next goal:  a 3:57 in the fall (that’ll get me into Boston!)

As you warned me before surgery, it’s been a long hard road back, but thanks to you and a few amazing Physical Therapists (Claudia Hornibrook at IAM – post surgery, and Lily Lind and Sara Conrad at  your Eden Prairie location more recently) — I am now even faster and stronger than I was pre-surgery.

I just wanted to say thank you for your amazing work in fixing my hamstring!

March 9, 2017

Jeff M.

I can’t say enough good things about the care that I received from Dr. Chris Larson, his physician assistant Kevin R. and support staff. Dr. Larson has operated on both of my hips for femoral acetabular impingement. The condition of both of my hips was debilitating. I no longer live in constant pain and I am able to do all athletic and recreational activities that I love. Thank you Dr. Larson for your clinical and research commitment to FAI!

February 23, 2016

Angie K.

My introduction to Dr. Larson is rather unique as I’m not a runner nor do I compete in major athletic events. However, one of my hobbies is running agility with my Great Dane, Tess.

After two years of training, we were finally ready for our first competitive Agility Trial.   It was November 2014, the weekend before Thanksgiving.

Honestly, it was the perfect set up – our home course with my instructor at my side and our breeder videotaping my first run. After walking the course and waiting our turn, it was finally time. Wait, wait, wait for the buzzer.  Bzzzz…and we were off… Tess was over the first jump, and heading for the dog walk when she realized I wasn’t running next to her. I had tripped right out of the start gate. How embarrassing, I thought, as a hundred people were watching. I got myself up, and hobbled along the dog walk then realized something was really wrong. I had to be carried off the course and I almost passed out from the pain. 

Three weeks later, I found myself sitting in Dr. Larson’s office as he explained that my hamstring had torn off the bone and surgery was inevitable. I was pretty determined that I could live without the surgery, but Dr. Larson helped me realize that there was no realistic reason not to have the surgery. My fears dissipated as he explained that even with my immobilizer, I could be driving within weeks, hobbling around on crutches for about a month and starting physical therapy within six weeks. Dr. Larson had to squeeze me into his surgery schedule at the last minute, as the time sensitivity of hamstring repair is so imperative.  That was Dec 16, 2014. 

I graduated from physical therapy in Jan. 2016, thanks to Ashley at Viverant who built my confidence as well as my hamstring muscle. In February, 2016, fourteen months post-­?surgery, I ran in my first competitive Agility Trial! I was so nervous, but I didn’t fall! There was a huge standing ovation when we finished!

I shed tears of joy and gratitude and I am “back to normal!”

Thank you, Dr. Larson

December 2, 2015

B. S.

Dr. Larson and his care team are excellent! From the first visit, through surgery to now 6 plus months post-op. Dr. Larson and his team were fabulous in the care they gave me. Being an active individual, who also works as a nurse, I am on my feet all day, all the time, but thanks to Dr. Larson my days are now pain free! The work Dr. Larson and his team have done is truly remarkable and I would choose Dr. Larson again in a heartbeat!

July 20, 2015

Kelli B.

I had surgery on January 30th.  Yesterday, I competed in my first triathlon in four years and my first race in over 18 months.  I came in 4th place for my age group.  I’m still slow (for me) on the run but my fitness is coming back quickly.  The best part?  I had no hip pain and no hamstring pain.

The day after the race, I felt regular soreness but did not experience any pain.  It was amazing!  I lived with hip pain for so long it had become “normal.” I cried when I crossed the finish line. I love competing and I’m thrilled to be feeling great.  Please give Dr. Larson a big thank you for everything he did for me.  He has helped me return to the hobby that I love.   Next year I’m going for 1st in my age group!  Ha!  🙂

July 14, 2015

Natalee W.

One day when I was out for a training run back in 2012, I felt a sudden deep pain in my hip joint. I went to a chiropractor who diagnosed me with a hip flexor strain and sent me on my way. After many months, my hip never felt better and I was unable to run, walk, sit, and basically do anything without pain.  It became chronic and I had to cease all triathlon training except swimming, during which I still experienced mild pain. I thought I could never run again.

After one year of no answers and another flare-up, I went to TCO’s Orthopedic Urgent Care Clinic and was lucky to see one of Dr. Larson’s partners who quickly diagnosed my labral tears and FAI.  After my initial appointment with Dr. Larson, I knew surgery was my only option to get back to racing triathlons again. My left hip was done in November 2013 and right hip done August 2014. My PT Emily Beyer, a gifted soul and skilled therapist made a tremendous impact on me and my recovery.

 In June 2015 I finally was able to compete in my first race since the onset of my injuries, and finished 19th out of 96 women and 1st place in my age group! And NO HIP PAIN!  Today I am running and biking just as fast as I was before my injuries, having just started training a few months ago.

I am filled with the utmost gratitude for Dr. Larson and all his staff, and will forever be grateful. What Dr. Larson does really changes lives, and now I can continue chasing my dream of being a competitive triathlete. Thank you!!!!

Larson - Natalee W. .  

June 11, 2015

Katie T.

Dr. Larson is the absolute best! 7 weeks post op from hip arthroscopy. I haven’t sat like this in about two years! So unbelievably grateful!
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March 19, 2015

T.W.

Dear Dr. Christopher Larson,

I would like to thank you and your staff for all the help you gave me with me hip.  Two other orthopedics suggested a hip replacement.  But at the age of 38 (at that time) the doctors didn’t want to perform a replacement on me.  You were able to repair the damage without  replacement.  Hip surgery was March 2014.

For almost 2 years, I had a hard time making it through a 50 hour work week.  I had to avoid some of my activities (hiking, rock climbing, & boating).  Riding in a vehicle was difficult, also.  But after my hip surgery and physical therapy, I am almost 100%!!!  I am very excited to say, I am back to hiking and rock climbing.

My husband and I are currently vacationing in Arizona.  Here is a picture of me (circled in green) climbing the Bell Rock in Sedona AZ, 1 year after surgery. I was able to make it half way up this rock (I didn’t want to push it too hard). With a couple more months of training, I will be able to climb the entire rock.

Thanks isn’t enough for what you and your staff have done for me!!!

Sincerely,
TW

January 15, 2015

Steve D.

The services I received from Dr. Larson and his staff were superb. I have never been treated as well as I was there. From his staff at Twin Cities Orthopedics over to Crosstown Surgery Center; are all very considerate and made this whole ordeal as good as it could be. I’m continuing PT at one month post-op currently. Look forward to gaining my physical health back and living pain free again.

May 8, 2013

K.E.R.

Hi Dr. Larson and care team, and Emily Beyers!

I have been thanking you all every day since the surgery was performed, but these past weeks I felt the need to reach out and send you some photos of some of my most recent activities out here in Oregon to share my joy and my awe at being here. Just today I hiked 6 miles and 1400 ft elevation on one of the local mountain trails. I am going to the Desolation Wilderness in Calif in Mid July and am “training” to climb Mt McLaughlin with new friends in August- its about 9600 ft. The photos enclosed show my first few hikes here in Oregon, which I took in the first week of June- they seem pretty easy now!

I can’t thank-you all enough, but I’m trying… every hike I carry you all with me. I’m working on the internal and external rotation, plus basic core strengthening and continued pelvic stability exercises. My PT says I’m doing great- my new goal was to hike 10 miles, and I’m already at 7, so I changed the goal to hiking Mt McLaughlin.Ha ha!

I hope you are all well and getting some great summer time in, and if you EVER wondered about your vocation, please take a look at these photos and accept the gratitude and joy I send you.

March 13, 2013

Julie A.

Julie A. has taught horseback riding and trained horses for a living for over 25 years in Saline, Michigan. After she began to experience hip pain, she was diagnosed with Femoralacetabular Impingement (FAI). Following an unsuccessful arthroscopic surgery with a local surgeon, she learned that Dr. Christopher Larson of Twin Cities Orthopedics specializes in treating FAI.Julie traveled from Michigan to Minnesota through a winter snowstorm to have surgery with Dr. Larson and couldn’t be happier with the results. “From the pre-operative nursing staff and OR team at Fairview Southdale Hospital to Dr. Larson’s staff, I can only give praise for the wonderful care I received before, during and after surgery,” said Julie. Two years after her second surgery, Julie is pleased to report that she has been able to continue her career “with minimal pain and a greater range of motion.” She even wrote a story in Dressage Today about her journey, titled “It’s all in the Hips.” Read the article here.

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