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Thank you for choosing Heartland Orthopedic Specialists for your care. We take pride in helping our patients overcome injuries, relieve pain, and return to active, healthy lifestyles.

In this section, you can read stories from patients we’ve treated about their experiences and recoveries under our care.

Read what our patients are saying about Heartland Orthopedic Specialists.

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Average Patient Rating

Average Rating: 4.95 (302 reviews)

Patient Reviews

“"Dr. Dale has fixed my shoulders and more recently removed the pain I had with a problem with my hip.  I am so thankful for him. My shoulders were so painful that I couldn't even wear my coat. I had to get something lightweight to wear until he fixed them. I am so thankful. I tell everyone who asks me about my surgeries how they helped. I am so thankful for Dr. Dale." -- Dorthy K.”
– Dorothy
Treating Doctor: Paul A. Dale, M.D.
“"I began to experience pain in my left shoulder, which became debilitating from the standpoint of sleepless nights and significant restriction of my very active 71 year old lifestyle. Terry J. Kay, P.A.-C., quickly and expertly diagnosed the cause of my left shoulder pain and administered a deep but painless shot of cortisone during the initial visit. A short ten days later, I had been able to resume all normal outdoor activities (and then some) and was back to sleeping through the night without painkillers. Now, two months later, I am pleased to report that I remain active with no pain restrictions." -- James C.”
– James
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“"I went to what was my final follow up after what I consider to be my quickest recovery of any of my previous surgeries. Dr. Weigel was amazing. He always made me feel like I was his only patient. He made sure all my questions were answered before the appointment was done. Thanks to all at Heartland Orthopedic Specialists!" -- Tom D.”
– Tom
Treating Doctor: Dennis P. Weigel, M.D.
“"I was having serious pain in my right shoulder. Dr. Weigel replaced my left hip seven years ago. I went to him to see what my shoulder problem may be. Testing showed a torn rotator cuff and a torn bicep tendon. My hip replacement has been so good that I had confidence Dr. Weigel could restore the use of my shoulder. The surgery went well.  I've started rehab and am having great results. I'm excited to see the use of my shoulder coming back to me! Thank you, Dr. Weigel and the whole Heartland Orthopedic Specialists staff!" -- Ray S.”
– Ray
Treating Doctor: Dennis P. Weigel, M.D.
“"I was having carpal tunnel issues.  Dr. Nelson took great care of me through the entire process.  He fixed me up and I was good as new within minutes after my surgery.  Three days after my surgery, I started using my hand and began to regain strength right away.  I was glad I didn't have to wait forever to use my hand again.  I didn't have to take any time off of work.  It’s been a little over a month and my hand feels amazing. The strength is getting better each day." -- Ashley N.”
– Ashley
Treating Doctor: Eric W. Nelson, M.D.
“I went in to get my shoulder checked out at 9:30 am and had surgery at 4:00 pm. I had excellent and professional service. Thank You Dr. Brand and your staff.”
– Mike B.
Treating Doctor: Jefferson C. Brand, M.D.
“"I have had both my knees done (at the same time) and I recommend that to anyone.  The pain you go through for the therapy is well worth the outcome.  It is so nice to be able to walk without pain.  I can do so much more now.  I also had a total hip replacement in August of 2013 and to date, I have had a very good outcome.  At six weeks, I went back to volunteer job at my home hospital. I cannot say enough about the wonderful care and attention I received at the hospital.  The staff was wonderful.  I highly recommend them to anyone who needs services." -- Irene B.”
– Irene
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“"When I was 14 years old my parents, bought me my first dirt bike motorcycle. Not too much longer, my little brother got one too. From there it was always a competition to one up each other. Soon we were jumping over the driveway doing little stunts like no handers and no footers. Then it got to a point where we could no longer do anything better, so we built a small wooden ramp in the basement from scrap wood dad had lying around.  We put it out on the hill in the front yard; soon we were jumping 35+ ft distance and about 5ft high. We progressed from watching movies and playing video games. About a year later, we hit the same point and could not progress. So we decided to build a bigger ramp like in the games and movies. Once we started using that, we progressed even faster with the tricks. By then, we were doing superman seat grabs, heart attacks, and other variations at this point. I was about 17 yrs old and my brother was 14yrs old. We found out we could only jump about 45ft distance and 13ft high. So we searched around to get a bigger jump to do more stunts. In Detroit Lakes, MN, we found a pair of bothers just like us. We rode with them at their house and asked them to make us a bigger ramp like they had. One weekend while riding at their house, I got over confident and that’s where the injuries started. My first bad accident, I over jumped the jump, having too much speed, landing in the flats and shattering my right wrist, fracturing my left and rupturing my liver. I spent four days in the ICU at Detroit Lakes Hospital. I was lucky my liver was not torn really bad to where it required surgery, but my right wrist was not so lucky. I had a plate and 4 screws put in. Six weeks later, my brother and I were back out jumping and riding. At this point, we had got our new ramp. The ramp was made out of steel, was 8ft tall, 4ft wide, and 17ft long. We were jumping 75ft distance and 25ft high.  Before long, we were doing most of the tricks we had seen on TV and played in the games. We went to a freestyle dirt bike show in the Twin Cities called Haydays. Not long after watching the event, my brother and I approached the coordinator. We told him that we can do what they are doing but better and would like to do it. He said we cannot at this event but he is having an event in two weeks at Hill city, MN near to Grand Rapids.  At this point I was 18 and my brother was 15.  At the event, we impressed him so much; he wanted us to start doing them for him every few weeks. For the next few years, we did the Haydays event and several others. From there, we caught the attention of others, were sponsored, and received a trip to practice at a professional riders house in Redmond, OR. While we were there, we learned a lot of things received several other sponsorships, signed a contract with a filmmaker, and signed a contract with a clothing outfitter named Slednecks. We went all over the state doing events and even made a trip to New Hampshire for an event. At this point in time, I had been in a few accidents and broke few minor bones. From there, we decided to slow down and not travel as much. We only did the events in Minnesota and now only a few a year. That brings us to 2011. I am 24. I was at the event Haydays. Two weeks before my wedding, I crashed doing a trick called Kiss of Death. This is where you do a handstand on the motorcycle while it’s in the air. The wind caught me and pushed the bike sideways and I missed the bike when I came down and hit the ground. About a week later, the day before my wedding, I was helping my mother-in-law haul straw in the barn. When I stepped wrong, I felt a sharp pain and heard a snap in my left knee. The next time I saw my doctor, I told him about what had happened. He did a few exams and asked me to see Dr. Eric Nelson. He told me that I could of tore my ACL or Anterior Cruciate Ligament in my knee. Well, Dr. Nelson told me that I had completely torn my ACL.  So I got married and spent my honeymoon with a torn ACL. After that, I talked with the doctor and decided that my best option was to have surgery to fix it. I had surgery on Nov. 29th, 2011. The next six months, I spent doing therapy and seeing the doctor. After seeing Brandon and Scott at Heartland Orthopedic Specialists for many months, they cleared me and said I am good to go back to normal life. With the list of nine broken bones, a torn ACL, and ripped liver, I have decided to stop doing all the events and big jumps. I bought a motorcycle for on the road. Now my wife and I enjoy riding together. Its now 2013, I’m 26, and I look back on my time at Heartland Orthopedic Specialists and am very happy with my results. I hope I never have to go back but if I do have to, I’m glad that you’re not to far off and know how to fix me.  Thanks!" -- Jordan T.”
– Jordan
Treating Doctor: Eric W. Nelson, M.D.
“"My appointment was on time. I was quickly in and out. They informed me of my options. I was also given effective treatment." -- Cheryl K.”
– Cheryl
Treating Doctor: Russell S. Sticha, D.P.M.
“Dr. Brand is wonderful!  He did an ACL replacement on my right knee.  He took the time to answer all my questions and was wonderful when I was in the hospital after surgery.  He was patient with me when I came in after surgery with questions and bleeding from the incisions.  Even though I saw Ashley, a trainer, he stopped in.  Also, on my most recent visit, I saw Paul, another trainer. He also was patient with me, answered my questions, and explained everything as best as he could.  The treatment that I have received has been wonderful.”
– Hope K.
Treating Doctor: Jefferson C. Brand, M.D.