Dr. Hofkens is a physiatrist (physical medicine and rehabilitation physician) whose training and experience allows him to provide expert care for a wide range or orthopedic, musculoskeletal, and sports medicine injuries.
He has had a busy medical practice in the Twin Cities for over 10 years and provides comprehensive, individualized and patient-centered care that reflects the ever-changing landscape of medical literature. He has had extensive experience in musculoskeletal ultrasound (10+ years) and has lectured and taught nationally regarding its use and applications to fellow providers and residents.
He sees his medical practice and care team as a community service to promote healthy and active lifestyles. As a former two sport collegiate athlete (St. Olaf College) he is excited to practice in the communities he calls home and looks forward to working with his patients to achieve their best self.
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Expertise in musculoskeletal ultrasound, including diagnostic injections and evaluations
Regenerative medicine (orthobiologics), including US guided platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections, and 10+ years of experience
Sports medicine, including sports related concussion, golf medicine, and fitness (Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Medical Certification
Foot and ankle care
Hand and wrist care
Shoulder and elbow care
Board Certified, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Registered in Musculoskeletal Sonography (Ultrasound) RMSK
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency, University of Minnesota
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCOM)
National Ski Patrol (Trollhaugen, Dresser, WI)
American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R)
American Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM)
American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM)
The Biologics Association
Titleist Performance Institute Medical Certification Level 2
Achievements & Awards
TRIA Woodbury Most Valuable Provider- COVID-19 Pandemic (2020)
Appreciation Hill Murray High School 2018
Chief Resident University of Minnesota, PM&R (2010)
University of Minnesota PM&R Residency Program Faculty (2011-2020)
Annual TRIA Sports Medicine conference committee member (2014-2021)
Faculty, Midwest Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (2017 – 2020)
Appointed Committee Member, Minnesota State Department, Health and Human Services, TBI workgroup (2014 – 2016)
National Ski Patrol, EMT (Present)
White Bear Lake High School (2022 – Present)
Hill-Murray Senior High School (2018 – 2020)
Spring Lake Park High School (2016 – 2018)
Highland Park High School (2014 – 2016)
Woodbury High School (2011 – 2014)
X Games Minneapolis (2018 – 2019)
USA figure Skating Championships (2016)
USA gymnastics VISA Championships (2014)
MSHSL State Football Tournament (2016 – 2018)
MSHSL State Basketball Tournament (2013 – 2014, 2018, 2020)
MSHSL State Baseball Tournament (2019)
MSHSL State Wrestling Tourney (2011 – 2013)
Twin Cities Marathon (2008 – 2010)
February 22, 2024
I saw Dr. Hofkens on June 1, 2023, for heel pain that was only increasing in severity. He diagnosed it as Baxter’s Nerve Entrapment. After various therapies were not helpful, Dr. Hofkens connected me with Dr. Den Hartog to discuss surgery. He confirmed your diagnosis, and I had surgery on October 31, 2023. It has now been 16 weeks since the surgery and my heel pain has (especially recently) been improving, and it is now probably about 85% normal. Took a long time for the nerve to calm down! While there is still some discomfort, I am again now able to walk and hike without any significant flare-up of pain. So this note is to express my gratitude for Dr. Hofken’s quick and quite careful diagnosis, and moving me through the TCO system to health.
October 31, 2023
Dr. Hofkens is very kind and willing to take the time to explain what is happening, along with your options. He gave me the answers I needed for a treatment plan and follow-up. I wouldn’t hesitate to refer someone to Dr. Hofkens.
August 29, 2023
Dr. Hofkens was very thorough in describing what to expect as a result of an cortisone injection around my shoulder. He spent time describing the procedure and made me feel comfortable with the injection. He is very kind and caring.
August 16, 2022
I was seen by Dr. Hofkens on an emergency basis due to swelling and inflammation of my right knee. He immediately sent me to the ER at a hospital for further testing and followed-up with the Orthopedic Surgeon on call. His interest, knowledge and concern for my care was instantly apparent. Dr. Hofkens’ “bedside manner” is outstanding! He explained everything in detail, so it was easily understood and during the ultrasound and aspiration procedures, he continually asked if I was in any pain or discomfort. He also followed through to make sure I had been contacted by the on-call staff. I highly recommend his services to anyone in need!
August 16, 2022
Dr. Hofkens saw me on an emergency basis in early June 2022. I am so grateful for his care and concern to my needs. I had no idea how serious my situation was until after the emergency surgery. I’m now two months into my recovery and am totally mobile again, due to his diligence and knowledge. If needed in the future, I won’t hesitate to recommend Dr. Hofkens or TCO to others. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
August 9, 2022
My wife, Sean, and I were on our first bicycle ride in decades a few weeks ago when Sean’s bike slipped out from under her. She suffered a distal radial fracture. We were an hour from our Lakeville home, so we went to the TCO urgent care facility in Stillwater. There, we saw Dr. Matthew Hofkens and his staff. Dr. Hofkens quickly diagnosed the fracture, stabilized it, prescribed pain medication, and made a follow-up appointment for Sean with Dr. Stephen Olmsted at the TCO clinic in Burnsville. Dr. Olmsted scheduled Sean for surgery three days later. Less than a week following her injury, Sean had necessary corrective treatment and was on her way to recovery. The quality of medical treatment provided by both Dr. Hofkens and Dr. Olmsted was top notch. Both Docs have a great bedside manner. They are very professional in their approach; however, equally important is their sense of humor. Perhaps most remarkable is the fact that EVERY SINGLE PERSON with whom we interacted at the Stillwater and Burnsville clinics, as well as at the Surgery Center, demonstrated concern, compassion, and dedication to swiftly resolving Sean’s dilemma. Add to the list the lady who answered the phone when Sean needed a boost in pain medication and Dr. Hofkens’ follow-up text to Sean to check on her . . . all outstanding! Wait times were virtually zero. Timeline: Injury and emergency treatment on Saturday, appointment with Dr. Olmsted on Tuesday, surgery Friday, removable splint and home therapy instructions the following Thursday. Drs. Hofkens and Olmsted, and their entire staff, provided the finest medical care we’ve ever experienced in our long lives!