Sports Medicine, Occupational Medicine, Family Medicine
As an occupational health and sports medicine physician, Dr. Carlson focuses on the unique health needs of active individuals of all ages. He specializes in the evaluation and treatment of acute and overuse injuries common among "industrial athletes," "weekend warriors" or people involved in other recreational or competitive activities. He collaborates with parents, employers, coaches, physical therapists and athletic trainers to provide the best opportunities for patients to recover from injury while safely returning to work, sports and recreational activities. He also provides athletic pre-participation exams and manages non-musculoskeletal issues such as concussion, exercise-induced asthma, evaluation of permitted medications in competitive sports, and "return-to-play" or "return-to-work" issues. Dr. Carlson provides routine occupational screening exams for commercial vehicle driver (i.e., DOT) certification, firefighters, pre-employment, and others. Dr. Carlson serves as a Team Physician for Bemidji State University NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Hockey teams and its other Division II athletes. He has participated as a medical volunteer for several events including the Twin Cities Marathon, the US Transplant Games and the Schwan's USA Soccer Cup. Dr. Carlson sees occupational health and sports medicine patients on a scheduled or walk-in basis. To schedule an appointment, call (218) 333-4735.
Dr. Carlson is married and has four children. He enjoys fishing, running, cooking, reading, photography and outdoor activities in all seasons.