Danny W. Nicholls, DO; Col, USAF (Ret)

Nicholls AOA_SD15_MAN webCONTACT:

Arlington Orthopedic Associates, P.A.

800 Orthopedic Way

Arlington, Texas 76015

2801 E. Broad Street

Mansfield, Texas 76063



The motto of Arlington Orthopedic Associates, Life in Full Motion, is more than just words. It’s the mission of Dr. Danny Nicholls and his goal for each of his patients. “Each patient I see presents a new opportunity to learn. I continually apply that learning to achieve an optimal outcome and help them regain their quality of life,” he said.

Dr. Nicholls takes a conservative approach to orthopedic medicine. “The best surgery you ever had is the one you don’t have,” he said.

A highly-trained and an experienced surgeon, he advocates exhausting conservative treatment before considering surgical options.

“If a patient takes the time to see me, I take the time to ensure they understand their diagnosis and treatment plan fully,” he said.

After graduating from college, where he also played football for four years, he attended Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Going on active duty in the Air Force, he cared for pilots and their families and had the opportunity to fly in F-4 and F-16 fighter aircrafts.

While on active duty, he then completed his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at Dallas/ Fort Worth Medical Center in Grand Prairie. After being stationed and deployed throughout the world and serving as Chief of Orthopedics at multiple Air Force Medical Centers, he retired as a Colonel in 2004 joining Arlington Orthopedics in 2006.

He has extensive training in Multi Modal Pain Management and applies new techniques in surgery combined with anesthesia and pre-operative modulations to minimize the pain of the operative procedure.

As a former college football player, he enjoys sideline coverage of Legacy High School football games. In his spare time, Dr. Nicholls enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf with his wife, working in the yard and volunteering at his children’s school.


  • Arthroscopic surgery of the knee
  • Arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder
  • Total knee replacement using Visionaire technology
  • Total hip replacement via direct anterior approach
  • Fracture care
  • Sports injury and general orthopedic surgery
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