Dr. Christopher Pokabla, MD

Dr. Christopher Pokabla, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 42
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Dr. Christopher M. Pokabla earned his medical degree from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. He completed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at The Ohio State University School of Medicine in Columbus, Ohio. He then completed a fellowship in sports medicine and shoulder surgery at Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in Jackson, Mississippi and the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. During his fellowship training, Dr. Pokabla served as a team physician for Tulane University. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Arthroscopy Association of North America and American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine. Dr. Pokabla is an Associate Master Instructor for AANA shoulder courses at the Orthopaedic Learning Center in Rosemont, IL. His specialties include sports medicine, arthroscopic shoulder surgery, and shoulder replacement.

8040 Wolf River Blvd Ste 100

Germantown, TN 38138

Contact Information

(901) 381-4664

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
  • Principal Financial Group
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Top Care Areas


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Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
very high
more than 99% of peers
Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
very high
more than 98% of peers
Arm Surgery
very high
more than 98% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Pokabla "Memphis Orthopaedic Group has served the greater Memphis area since 1942, and is a division of MSK Group, P.C., an integrated orthopaedic practice of ten physicians. With 3 offices located around Memphis, each staffed by Board Certified Physicians, coupled with walk-in access during the day, in the evening, and on Saturday, we offer our patients unsurpassed convenience and availability."


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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Gout
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lupus
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Diseases
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Still's Disease
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Tendonitis
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Trigger Finger


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  • ACL Surgery
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Ankle Surgery
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Joint Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Surgery
  • Excision of Femur or Knee
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Fracture Care
  • Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Replacement
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Revision of Shoulder or Elbow Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate


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Background Check

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No malpractice history found for Tennessee.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

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  • Northeastern Ohio Universities College Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 2003
  • Ohio State University School Of Medicine
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed
  • Tulane Institue Of Sports Medicine
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Pokabla has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Pokabla's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Pokabla to family and friends
based on 45 total reviews (22 with comments)
Dr. Pokabla's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (22)
in Covington |
Dr. Pokabla is the shoulder guy. He performed the surgery and directed the rehab to ensure the best results. I will return to him for all orthopedic issues.
in Cordova, TN |
Hello my name is Mary L. Williams Dr. Pokabla has been my orthopedic doctor and surgery for over two years. He is the most beautiful and wonderful person I have ever meet. He has a very wonderful staff as well I love Tracey she is a doll and she knows how to keep Dr. Pokabla in line love you guys keep up the good look!!!!!
in Bartlett, Tenn |
He is an excellent surgeon. He did my shoulder replacement a year ago. The surgery went well and the physical therapy. My shoulder is better than before. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing a shoulder replacement or anything involving the shoulder. He explains everything and has an excellent bedside manner. Thank you Dr Pokabla!
in Memphis, TN |
Torn left rotator cup at seventy one. Was a mess but Dr. Pokabla did an excellent job repairing it. Six months after surgery I full movement with no pain.
Covington, TN |
Excellent doctor. Highly recommended.
in Collierville, TN |
I came to Dr. Plokabla, after a motorcycle accident and a attempted repair by Campbell Clinic that had failed and fell apart a complete non-union! I had been in so much pain that I had ask several doctors to just amputate my arm and they wouldn't ,or even attempt to fix it. I finally found Dr. Plokalba, and he assured me he could put it all back together and if I would do my part could Return to a normal life! He fixed my arm In January 2015 now I am 100% back to normal. Thank you!!!!!
Arlington, TN |
Dr. Christopher Pokabla accessed my broken left arm (shoulder) and broken right leg (knee) in February, 2017.  He recommended the arm could heal in a sling, but that he would need to do surgery on my leg .  I have been very pleased with the results.  Five months later I am well healed, walking with a normal gait, and am pain free. His follow-up and communication with physical therapists was good. The surgery scar is imperceptable. I am happy to recommend Dr. Pokabla to others. 
in Glen, MS |
I would highly recommend Dr. Christopher Pokabla to anyone needing shoulder surgery. He has done a total shoulder replacement on both of my shoulders in less than a year and done an excellent job. I have had no problem with recovery at all. In fact the scars on my shoulders are almost perfectly symmetrical. His nickname is "The Shoulder King," which many of the staff at the hospital referred to him as. I had to go to 3 doctors to get anyone to operate on me. Dr. Chris Pokabla is the very best!
in Atoka, TN |
Dr. Pokabla helped me get back up and going after a fractured L-4. Thanks
in Mantachie, MS |
My father has suffered with chronic shoulder pain for years. Many sleepless nights and many Rx pain tablets just to function on a daily basis. We had been seeing a surgeon more locally to us in Tupelo, MS who deemed his case too much for him to handle there. We were referred to Dr Pokabla who performed a shoulder replacement. After about 8 days post op he already felt like a new man! He worked very hard in therapy and is currently ahead of schedule! Top notch clinic operation and staff as well
in Germantown, TN |
I was injured on duty where I ripped my tricep from my elbow. Dr. Pokabla took one look at my arm and advised me that I needed surgery. I was totally against it but after explaining the injury to me I had the operation. Here I am two years later with total range of motion in my arm. I'm lifting weights and leading a totally normal life. I appreciate the professionalism he and his staff showed me. I can recommend his work and work ethics to anyone needing a great dr and surgeon.
in Memphis, TN |
On June 14, 2017 I fell and hurt my right arm at work. I was told to the Baptist ER. Once I arrived they took an x-ray and c-t scan and was told that I have a bad sprain. I had an apt to see Dr. Pokabla and he saw the pain I was in and he put me in a soft cast. And return to see him in a week. Next visit cast came off and another x-ray was done only to find out that i had a fracture arm. He didn't stop until this was revealed. Thanks to him my arm has healed. Thank you Dr. Pokabla. Great DR.
in Drummonds, TN |
Dr. Pokabla is an awesome person & one of a kind surgeon. His personality - LOVE for his job - and medical knowledge makes him the doctor/surgeon a person who is hurting, scared, & not understanding everything about their injury needs & wants. With his care & knowledge he repaired my broken/shattered femur (long plate & 12 screws) & during my 5-1/2 months recovery his upbeat & friendly personality & care was wonderful - he even took time to get to know my adult kids. ALL AROUND HE'S AWESOME!!!
in Cordova, TN |
Before my surgery for a torn rotator cuff, my left shoulder movement was very limited and quite painful. I needed to close my car door with my other arm. I could not lift it at all. Now, I have full motion, and my arm is strong. I can perform all my usual tasks with no pain. Very pleased with my outcome.
in Arlington, TN |
My experience with Doctor Pokabla was great. I have no regrets. Both he and his team were very professional.
in memphis, tn |
Dr. Pokabla was efficient, knowledgeable, and kind. He diagnosed and explained my condition to me clearly. He offered excellent follow up care and I trusted him.
in Olive Branch, MS |
Dr Pokabla is an excellent physician and surgeon. I am a power lifter and it was great to visit a Dr that upfront said" let's see how soon we can get you back in the gym ". I have had both shoulders operated on and the results were great for both. I lost no range of motion or strength from these surgerys. I would recommend Dr Pokabla to anyone especially those in the weightlifting world.
in Brighton, TN 894 huffman rd. 38011 |
in Memphis tn |
Dr Pokabla was wonderful . I had been delaying my shoulder replacement surgery because of how much pain I had with the first one I had done. This time the whole experience was 100% better. He was a very caring and concerned Doctor. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing this type of surgery.
in Memphis, TN |
DR. Pokabla has performed shoulder surgery on both shoulders. I totally appreciate his abilities, as well as professional attitude. He takes time to explain his thoughts and procedures, and answers any questions I've had so far.
in Marion, AR |
Dr. Pokabla has been great both times I've seen him. He really cares about his patients and explains everything in detail.
Memphis, TN |
The experience I had was very professional. Before surgery all procedures was explained in detail. Surgery went smooth without any complications minimal scarring and minimum pain. Physical therapy was instrumental in my recovery. I have recommended Dr. Pokabla to my coworkers that have been recommended for the same procedure.
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Dr. Pokabla accepts 10 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access
  • Coventry Health Care
    Carelink PPO
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Principal Financial Group
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Options PPO
    United Healthcare

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Saint Francis Hospital - Bartlett
2986 Kate Bond Rd
Bartlett, TN 38133
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Methodist North Hospital
3960 New Covington Pike
Memphis, TN 38128
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