Department Orthopaedic Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon No
Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT)
  • Adipose Fat Derived Cell (ADC)
  • Arthrocentesis
  • Bone Marrow Biopsy and Aspiration
  • Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMC)
  • Concussion Evaluation & Testing
  • Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
  • Diagnostic Procedures
  • Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT)
  • Foot Assessment
  • Fracture Care
  • Hryaluronic Acid (HA)
  • Hyaluronic acid injections
  • In Office Procedure
  • Intra-Articular Injections
  • Joint Aspiration
  • Joint Injections
  • Joint Preservation
  • Joint Preservation Center
  • Knee Injections
  • Management Of Sports Concussions
  • Medical Orthopaedics
  • Musculoskeletal Evaluation
  • Musculoskeletal Foot Pathology
  • Musculoskeletal Imaging
  • Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Non Operative Treatment Of Arthritis, Fractures, Sprains And General Orthopaedics
  • Non Surgical Orthopaedics
  • Non-Operative Adult Orthopaedics
  • Nonsurgical Orthopedics
  • Non-Surgical Treatment of Musculoskeletal Sports Injuries
  • Orthobiologics
  • Orthopaedic Medicine
  • Orthopaedics
  • Peripheral Interventions
  • Peripheral Joint Injections
  • Peripheral Nerve and Muscle Ultrasound
  • Platelet Rich Plasma Injections (PRP)
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Rotator Cuff Pathology
  • Second Opinion
  • Shock Wave Treatment
  • Sports
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports Medicine Imaging
  • Sports Physicals
  • Stem Cell Therapy
  • Steroid Injections
  • Tenex Health TX™
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Ultrasound
  • Ultrasound-Guided Peripheral Nerve Blocks and Bursa Tendon Injections
  • Ultrasound-guided Procedures
  • Viscosupplementation
  • Women's Sports Health
  • X-Ray
View all 57 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Achilles Tendon Injury
  • ACL Injury
  • Acute Foot Pain
  • Acute Sports Injuries
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Fractures
  • Ankle Injuries
  • Ankle Instability
  • Ankle Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Ankle Pain
  • Arthritic Knee Problems
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis and the Golfer
  • Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle
  • Arthritis Of The Hip
  • Arthritis Of The Knee
  • Athletic Ankle Injury
  • Athletic Elbow Injury
  • Athletic Foot Injury
  • Athletic Knee Injury
  • Avascular Necrosis
  • Avascular Necrosis Of The Hip
  • Baker's (Popliteal) Cyst
  • Ballet Injuries
  • Biceps Tendon Injuries
  • Broken Bones
  • Bursitis
  • Calcaneal Apophysitis (Sever's Disease)
  • Calcaneal Bursitis
  • Calcaneus (Heel Bone) Fractures
  • Calcification Tendinitis
  • Cellulitis
  • Chondromalacia
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Collar Bone Injuries
  • Common Foot Problems
  • Concussion
  • Concussions, Pediatric
  • De Quervain's Tenosynovitis
  • Disorders of the Shoulder
  • Elbow Arthritis
  • Elbow Instability
  • Elbow Pain & Injury
  • Elbow Problems
  • Exercise-Related Medical Conditions
  • Finger Sprains
  • Focused Aspiration of Scar Tissue (Tenex)
  • Foot & Ankle Arthritis
  • Foot & Ankle Injuries
  • Foot & Toe Pain
  • Foot Injuries
  • Foot Pain
  • Foot Trauma
  • Fractures
  • Fractures Of The Hand
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Golfer's Elbow
  • Hamstring
  • Hand Related Sports Injuries
  • Heel Injuries
  • Heel Pain
  • Heel Spurs
  • High Ankle Sprain
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Impingement
  • Hip Labral Tears
  • Hip Osteoarthritis
  • Hip Pain
  • Humerus Fracture
  • Internal Derangement of the Knee
  • Joint Disorders
  • Joint Preservation
  • Knee Cartilage Injury
  • Knee Fractures
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Joint Disorders
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Problems
  • Labrum Tears
  • Lateral Epicondylitis/tennis Elbow
  • Ligament Strains/Tears
  • Medical Problems In Athletes
  • Meniscal Tears
  • Muscle Aches/Pain
  • Muscle Injuries
  • Musculoskeletal Impairments
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries In Athletes
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Orthopaedic Injuries
  • Orthopaedic Problems In The Elderly
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis Of The Hips And Knees In The Elderly
  • Osteonecrosis
  • Overuse Injuries
  • Overuse Syndrome
  • Patellar (Kneecap) Fractures
  • Patellar Tendonitis
  • Patellofemoral Instability
  • Pediatric Foot & Ankle Problems
  • Pediatric Knee Injuries
  • Pediatric Knee Pain
  • Pediatric Sports Injuries
  • Peroneal Tendon Injuries
  • Pitcher's Shoulder
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fibromatosis
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
  • Posterior Tibial Tendontis / Dysfunction
  • Proper Footwear
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
  • Runner's Knee
  • Running Injuries
  • Scars
  • Sever’s Disease
  • Shin Splints
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Fractures
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Shoulder Injuries in Baseball
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Intra-Articular Injury
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Problems
  • Shoulder Sprain/Strain
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Sports Concussion
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sports-Related Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Sprained Ankle
  • Sprains
  • Stress Fractures
  • Swimmer's Shoulder
  • Talus Fracture
  • Tendinosis
  • Tendonitis
  • Tenex
  • Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Tennis Shoulder
  • Thigh Contusion
  • Throwers Elbow
  • Tibia Fracture
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
  • Turf Toe
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About David Westerdahl, MD

David N. Westerdahl, MD, is a Staff physician for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Dr. Westerdahl completed his Doctor of Medicine Degree at Loma Linda University in 2000 after receiving a B. A. in Business Administration from Washington State University in 1996. Once completing his residency in Family Medicine at Florida Hospital in Orlando, he served a primary care sports medicine fellowship in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic's main campus in Cleveland, Ohio.

With a background in primary care and sports medicine, Dr. Westerdahl manages a wide range of non-operative orthopaedic and sports medicine injuries. He is the team physician for the Florida Panthers hockey team, and serves as team physician for The Sagemont School in Weston, Florida. He is the Executive Director for The Players Trust Brain and Body program at Cleveland Clinic Florida.  His specialty interests include sports injuries, medical orthopedics, exercise related medical disorders, performance testing, musculoskeletal ultrasound, regenerative medicine, nutritional supplements and wilderness medicine.

Dr. Westerdahl is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine. He is also certified in Musculoskeletal ultrasound (RMSK). His memberships in various medical organizations and societies include the American College of Sports Medicine, American Academy of Family Practice, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, and the Florida Academy of Family Practice.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Primary Care Sports Health
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Florida Hospital
Family Practice
Orlando, FL USA

Medical School - Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Loma Linda, CA USA

Undergraduate - Washington State University
Pullman, WA USA


  • Family Medicine - Sports Medicine

Specialty Interests

Musculoskeletal ultrasound, tendonitis/tendinopathy, sport related concussion, osteoarthritis of hip and knee, hand related sports injuries, sports injuries, exercise related medical disorders, regenerative medicine, Tenex, fractures of the upper and lower extremities, arthritis, extracorporeal shock wave therapy, endurance sports, wilderness medicine.

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 4/4/2018, Dr. Westerdahl has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

332 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.6
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

22 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 16, 2018

This apptmt was a consult re PRP Therapy. I have decided against it. Dr. pointed out my existing lower back issues were a contributing factor to hip issues. Cleveland Clinic is an outstanding facility but inconvenient for me to get there.

Reviewed on May 15, 2018

Dr was very thorogh.

Reviewed on May 15, 2018

although I may have had to wait sometimes no where as long as at other doctors offices.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2018

the wait time in the Dr.'s waiting room was unacceptable. from the time of my appointment to actually seeing the Dr took almost an hour. extremely upsetting to say the least!

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2018

Dr. Westerdahl is always thorough, knowledgeable, courteous and caring

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2018

Dr. Westerdahl is a very caring and concerned doctor. I am glad I use him.he explains things in a manner I can understand and he cares.

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2018

I liked Dr. Westerdahl. I decided to change my ortho doctor because the injections I received prior were uncomfortable. Dr. Westerdahl had me lay down (rather than sit up with my knee bent) and it made the injection much more comfortable. The only improvement I could find was that Dr. W. as we spoke seemed as though he just wanted to get through the appt. Although he was thorough with looking at previous medical info and xrays, he doesn't come across as very warm or empathetic. I'd still go back to him for sure.

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2018

Excellent communication and care

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2018

Perfect recommendation for Physical Therapy, no medication needed at this time

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2018

The doctor talked me through what I should do for care, though I wish it would have been written down for me, as I'm always worried that I'm going to forget something.

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2018

I felt very informed and much more educated about my problem after this visit.

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2018

Dr. Westerdahl was very caring, listened to my concerns and was very helpful in telling me things I could do to help myself.

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2018

spoke soft and courteous

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2018

Recently had left knee replacement , Doctor asked me how it was working. Overall I think Doctor W is open and willing to listen to me and my concerns or questions I may have.

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2018

The office is a fine tuned organization.

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2018

Terrific experience with doctor... very professional

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2017

The specialist was excellent. Understood my concerns and recommended appropriate treatment

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2017

I am very satisfied by the excellent care and expertise of the providers that handle and manage my healthcare.

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2017

Doctor explained the purpose of the medication and the plan of care properly

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2017

dr. Westerdahl was very personable, respectful and knowledgeable. he gets 5 stars!!

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2017

Provider had great bedside manners. He was knowledgeable and explained exactly what was going on with me in regards to my complaints.

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2017

good experience.

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