Dr. Abrahamson Helps Patients Get Back in the Game

Aug 18, 2015 | Staff Stories

“Home is where the heart is.” This expression certainly rings true for Dr. Brad Abrahamson who was born to parents stationed at an air force base in Germany but grew up in Littleton and Fort Collins. And while he may refer to himself as a “quasi-native,” make no mistake—Northern Colorado is home, and his heart is definitely in serving our community.

Early on, Dr. Abrahamson thought he might enjoy a career back east working in government. That is, until a year’s worth of work studying automotive emissions in New York City was effectively undone overnight due to a mayoral changing of the guard. When the incoming official decided to scrap the study, Dr. Abrahamson determined he would rather contribute to society as a physician than grapple with government bureaucracy for a living. Good call.

Now in his eighth year at Associates in Family Medicine, Dr. Abrahamson heads the Sports Medicine practice and specializes solely in bone and joint medicine.

“The ability to make a difference in people’s lives on a day-to-day basis was very appealing,” says Dr. Abrahamson. “To help people have less pain and to see them return to their former level of function is very fulfilling for me personally and professionally. Plus, my job is very active; I’m always moving from thing to thing. It fits my personality well.”

As you might expect from someone whose life revolves around restoring health to athletes at every level of ability, Dr. Abrahamson loves sports. He channels that energy by giving back to the community through coaching youth basketball and football programs as well as refereeing local youth soccer games. Also, in cooperation with another orthopedic medical group, he provides on-scene and off-scene volunteer medical coverage at local high school and college games.

“To help people have less pain and to see them return to their former level of function is very fulfilling for me personally and professionally. Plus, my job is very active; I’m always moving from thing to thing. It fits my personality well.”

“There are so many healthy, kid-friendly things to do here,” he says. “I think staying active and involved sets a good example for the kids.”

When he’s not volunteering with area youth, Dr. Abrahamson enjoys spending time in the mountains with his wife Lara and their two children, fly fishing, and playing tenor saxophone at various gigs around town. He especially enjoys cycling—a sport in which he participated for 24 years at the competitive level, including track, velodrome, oval, and criterium racing.

“I’m not always super competitive,” he reflects. “My brother and I play a lot of pickup basketball just for fun. He and I are really close. I have a rule that I refuse to live more than eight miles from my brother.”

Interesting. Why eight miles?

“Because that’s how far away he lives from me now.”

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