As a sports medicine physician and active Minnesotan, I understand the importance of functioning at your highest level. I take a conservative approach to the treatment of orthopedic injuries focusing on personally tailored physical therapy, ultrasound diagnosis, and, if needed, injections. From competitive athletes and weekend warriors to those simply looking to lead a more active lifestyle, I work with my patients to help them achieve their goals.

Daniel Probst, M.D., is a sports medicine physician. “As a specialty, sports medicine is all about function — helping people do what they want to do each day,” he said. He takes care of problems affecting all bones, muscles, and joints, and he has particular expertise in treating hip and buttock pain.

His favorite aspect of his specialty is making a tangible difference in his patients’ lives. “At first, you see patients when they are hurt and not doing well, then you treat them, and then you see them again when they are doing better,” he said.

Dr. Probst’s background

After completing his undergraduate degree at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Dr. Probst earned his medical degree from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. He completed residency training in PM&R at Washington University in St. Louis, where he also served as academic chief resident. After his residency training, he completed a fellowship in sports medicine at Washington University in St. Louis as well.

As a nonsurgical physician, Dr. Probst focuses on conservative treatment, getting patients better without surgery. “It’s part of my job to refer patients for surgery at the right time, and when appropriate, but ideally, I like to treat patients nonoperatively,” he said.

Dr. Probst’s practice philosophy

Active listening is an important part of his practice. “The patients know best what they’re going through, and if I can listen to what is going on, I can design a more effective treatment,” Dr. Probst said.

As part of the nonoperative treatment options he offers, Dr. Probst is trained in a range of ultrasound-guided injections, including steroid injections and platelet-rich plasma injections. These can be helpful for treating arthritis and tendon disorders, as well as joint and muscle pain.

Dr. Probst’s hobbies

When he is not working, Dr. Probst enjoys spending time outside, whether fishing, hiking, camping, gardening, or running. “I enjoy living as active a lifestyle as I can,” he said. He also spends lots of time playing with his young twin sons.

Summit Orthopedics offers comprehensive sports medicine expertise

From Olympians to pro athletes to kids in youth sports and those that just want to be more active—Summit Orthopedics delivers expert care by fellowship-trained sports medicine physicians. If you are recently injured or concerned about ongoing pain, Summit Orthopedics sports medicine specialists have the expertise to evaluate your discomfort and develop a plan to quickly and safely help you get back to being active.

 Start your journey to stronger, healthier athletic condition. Find your sports medicine expert, request an appointment online, or call us at (651) 968–5201 to schedule a sports medicine consultation.

 Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MNPlymouth, MN, Vadnais Heights, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as several additional community clinics.

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Sports Medicine
Washington University in St. Louis — St. Louis, MO

Academic Chief Resident
Washington University in St. Louis — St. Louis, MO

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Washington University in St. Louis — St. Louis, MO

Medical School
Doctor of Medicine
University of Minnesota School of Medicine — Minneapolis, MN

Undergraduate Studies
Bachelor of Science
University of St. Thomas — St. Paul, MN

  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Association of Academic Physiatrists
  • American Medical Society for Sports Medicine

Running, fishing, cooking, gardening, playing with my children


  • Olafsen, N. & Probst, D. “Lumbosacral Radiculopathy.” In C.J. Visco, S. Chu, P. Jayabalan. (Ed.),
    McLean EMG Guide, Second Edition. New York: Demos Medical. 2019. 185-195.
  • Probst, D., Mackinnon, S., Prather, H. Isolated axillary nerve injury in an elite high school American
    football player: A case report. Sports Health. 2019. 11(6):550-553.
  • Probst, D., Stout, A., and Hunt, D. Piriformis syndrome: A narrative review of the anatomy, diagnosis,
    and treatment. PM&R. 2019. Suppl 1:S54-S63.
    – Among the top 10% of downloaded articles from PM&R Journal in the year following publication.
  • Harris-Hayes, M., Spitznagle, T., Probst, D., Foster, S., and Prather, H. A narrative review of
    musculoskeletal impairments associated with non-specific chronic pelvic pain. Physical Medicine and
    Rehabilitation. 2019. Suppl 1:S73-S82.
    – Among the top 10% of downloaded articles from PM&R Journal in the year following publication.
  • Creighton, A., Stecco, A., Whitelaw, A., Probst, D., and Hunt, D. Fascial manipulation as a treatment for pain, atrophy, and skin depigmentation after pes anserine bursa corticosteroid injection: A case report. Accepted for publication in May 2020 and In Press in Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies.

Patient Comment

Dr. Probst was excellent. He explained exactly what the procedure I had scheduled would be like as well as explaining what was happening every step of the way. He was professional but used terminology that I could readily understand . He was “top notch” and I would recommend him to anyone!

Survey Feedback

Excellent experience with Dr. Probst and staff at clinic! I felt listened too and have already felt some improvement with an ongoing problem.

Patient Comment

Wonderful experience. Thank you.

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