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Dr. Elmer Pinzon, MD

Interventional Pain Medicine ·  Male · Age 57

Dr. Pinzon

University Spine and Sports Specialists PLLC

10710 Murdock Dr # 103-104 Knoxville, TN 37932

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Dr. Elmer Pinzon, MD is an interventional pain medicine specialist in Knoxville, TN and has been practicing for 20 years. He graduated from Hahnemann University in 1994 and specializes in interventional pain medicine, pain medicine, and more.


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(865) 690-3737

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No malpractice claims found for Tennessee
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Dr. Pinzon's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Pinzon treats Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement) more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Pinzon treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Sciatica as Seen in Rheumatoid Arthritis
Chronic Neck Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Pinzon treats Chronic Neck Pain more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Pinzon treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Cervical Spine Myelopathy
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Pinzon treats Cervical Spine Myelopathy more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Pinzon treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Pinzon's conditions and procedures:

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesiolysis
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Disc Degeneration
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Chronic Postoperative Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Dorsal Column Stimulation
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • EMG (Electromyography)
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Lysis of Adhesions (LOA)
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Facet Joint Injection
  • Facet Joint Nerve Ablation
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Hand Conditions
  • Headache
  • Heel Spur
  • Herniated Disc
  • Interventional Pain Management
  • Interventional Spine Procedure
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Injection
  • Knee Disorders
  • Kyphosis
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Lordosis
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Sympathetic Block
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Musculoskeletal Function Test
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Myelopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Nerve Conduction Studies
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Nerve Root Block
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Occupational Disorders
  • Occupational Injuries
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Pain Disorder
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Radiofrequency Denervation
  • Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injection
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Injections
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine and Sports Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondolthesis
  • Spondylarthropathy
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Tension Headache
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Tibia or Fibula Stress Fracture
  • Torticollis
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Trigger Finger
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Ultrasound, Musculoskeletal
  • Upper Back Pain

About Me

Care Philosophy

Private, outpatient musculoskeletal/spine practice with emphasis on minimally-invasive musculoskeletal/spinal procedures to improve function/return to previous functional status/decrease medication use/decrease pain. I am able to contain patient's he...

Specialties

  • Interventional Pain Medicine
  • Electrodiagnostic Medicine
  • Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
  • Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Pain Medicine
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Education

1999
Georgia Pain Physicians, Pc
Fellowship Hospital
1998
Baylor College Of Med
Residency Hospital
1998
Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals
Residency Hospital
1995
Lehigh Vly Hospital
Internship Hospital
1994
Hahnemann University
Medical School
1988
Tulane University, School Of Public Health & Tropical Medicine
1986
University of Pittsburgh / Main Campus
Undergraduate School
1999
1998
1998
1995
1994
1988
1986

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • TopDocs in Knoxville- CityView Magazine, 2011, 2009

Dr. Pinzon's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Pinzon

3.4

Based on 64 reviews

5 Stars
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(34)
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
1.5625%
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1 Star
37.5%
(24)

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It was a great experience. I have been treated by Dr. Pinzon for the past 13 plus years and am able to perform my professional duties without having surgery. His staff and nurses are promp, professional and extremely caring. I would recommend Dr. Pinzon highly. John Joslin
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GREAT
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Never again. He and staff are ill prepared and show no signs of caring for patients. If you have a procedure scheduled, expect errors and delays for several hours. If a complication arises before the procedure is done, prepare to be on your own.
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Great!
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Everything has gone perfectly. Pain relief has been phenomenal
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I would never recommend anyone to this man. He was so rude and 2 HOURS LATE for appointment. Either schedule less patients or hire another doctor—hopefully one with better bedside manners. He did not explain what he was doing and did not quit talking long enough to listen to patient concerns. Will never go back.
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He’s does not let you speak and he pushes surgery surgery surgery. I had 6+ procedures and was so jacked up with steroids I felt like I needed to be peeled off the ceiling I was so nervous. When I try to ask questions he cuts me off. After I went thru him deadening the nerves in my back I never returned. If I can’t speak and be listened to by my doctor then to me it seems he has an I don’t care what you have to say attitude. I never will return to him.
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Horrible experience. Ask to do injections before even proceeding to do x-rays or MRI's. Still have not had X-rays repeated. MRI's we're only performed on my cervical & lumbar areas because I was told by 1 person in the office they had retrieved my former x-rays showing DDD in all areas, but then told by another they do not show any former x-rays on file. I Obtained a copy of my own former x-rays & MRI's which show DDD, stenosis & perineural cyst, which still have not been revaluated by this Dr.
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He's always in a rush, very difficult to understand and so is his staff. Late for all surgical procedures. Won't listen. Insisted I have procedures done and take steroids even when I told him they were making things worse. He thinks way too much of himself. My PCP is now having to "fix" the problems he has caused. Not going back.
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Dr. Pinzon almost instantly knew my diagnosis after hearing my symptoms, later confirmed by MRI, after two orthopedists couldn't figure it out, and was able to control pain that had lasted several years without relief.
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As a patient of 4 yrs. His staff is prompt, courteous and professional. They are relentlessly persistent in cutting through the "red tape" with insurance companies in order to expedite your treatment with Dr Pinzon. He is always professional and shows true compassion for his patients. I have bulging discs, spondylosis, stenosis. His care allows me to live an active life, work, scuba dive, exercise and go through life with minimal pain and without the use of narcotic pain meds. SUPERB Care!
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He is very difficult to communicate with and does not welcome any questioning of the treatment he prescribes. He also runs extremely late. Overall, he provides a very unpleasant level of care.
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I am 36 years old and have had several Physical Medicine doctors. Since I was 19 I have had 3 ruptured disc along with lots of joint problems. I can tell you if you are looking for a doctor to tell you what you want to hear do not look at him. He and his team are great. They provide a great service with great results to increase your quality of life. I have seen him almost a year I would highly recommend him. I have had several procedures done with good outcomes improved condition no infections.
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Horrible person and rudest doctor I've ever seen. He constantly interrupted me and would not listen to my explanation of symptoms even after keeping me waiting in room for 2 hours. Would not look me in the eye. Seemed nervous and jittery.
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Just had facet joint injections. Very professional and would recommend anyone to go to him.
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Dr Pinzon has successfully performed both facet joint injection and RF nerve ablation on my lower back. He explained the options very patiently and I have very pleased with the results. His office and nursing staff are great.
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He talks terrible to his staff - keeps patient waiting forever in room - then cuts them off and talks over them instead of listening to issues - his wife is the nurse - probably only person who can work with him - he has no place practicing medicine and has obvious psychological issues - arrogant and rude
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Excellent medical care for my upper and lower back.
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Horrible beside manner. Did not answer my questions. Came off as holier than thou when trying to regurgitate his brochure to me. God forgive anyone who has questions as to why their pain isn't getting better. Nurse asked questions and didn't allow me to answer before walking out of the room.
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University Spine and Sports Specialists PLLC

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    • Mon: 8:30am - 4:30pm
    • Tue: 8:30am - 4:30pm
    • Wed: 8:30am - 4:30pm
    • Thu: 8:30am - 4:30pm
    • Fri: 8:30am - 4:30pm
    • Sat: closed
    • Sun: closed
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