Dr. Elmer Pinzon, MD

Interventional Pain Medicine •  Male • Age 58
  
Dr. Pinzon
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

University Spine and Sports Specialists PLLC

10710 Murdock Dr Knoxville, TN 37932

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(865) 690-3737

Dr. Elmer Pinzon, MD is a Interventional Pain Medicine Specialist in Knoxville, TN. Dr. Pinzon has more experience with Spine, Pain Management, and Arthritis and Arthropathy than other specialists in his area. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Fort Loudoun Medical Center and Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Pinzon to book an appointment.


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(865) 690-3737

Dr. Pinzon accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Choice Plus POS II
Choice PPO
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
Open Access
Coventry Health Care
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Medicaid
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
Principal Financial Group
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Options PPO
United Healthcare
WellPoint

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Practice Areas

Spine

Spine specialists diagnose and treat conditions affecting the bones of the spine, including degenerative spine disease, herniated discs, stenosis, and fractured vertebrae, with treatments including medication, physical therapy, and surgery.Compare with other Spine specialists.

Typically treats 90% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 15 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

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

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

Osteoarthritis of Spine
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Pinzon treats Osteoarthritis of Spine more than 100% of their peers

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

Spondylosis
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Pinzon treats Spondylosis more than 100% of their peers

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

Pain Management

Pain management specialists diagnose and treat pain and pain-related conditions through procedures including medication, electrical stimulation, physical therapy, and alternative therapies such as acupuncture.Compare with other Pain Management specialists.

Typically treats 94% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 12 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Low Back Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Pinzon treats Low Back Pain more than 100% of their peers

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

Trigger Point Injection
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Pinzon performs Trigger Point Injection more than 100% of their peers

Dr. Pinzon performs this procedure more than 100% of their peers

Chronic Neck Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

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

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

Arthritis and Arthropathy

Arthritis and arthropathy specialists diagnose and treat diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, osteoarthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis that damage joints, causing pain, stiffness and swelling.Compare with other Arthritis and Arthropathy specialists.

Typically treats 77% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 6 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Pinzon treats Osteoarthritis of Shoulder more than 91% of their peers

Dr. Pinzon treats this condition more than 91% of their peers

Arthritis of the Elbow
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Pinzon treats Arthritis of the Elbow more than 91% of their peers

Dr. Pinzon treats this condition more than 91% of their peers

Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Pinzon treats Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot more than 90% of their peers

Dr. Pinzon treats this condition more than 90% of their peers

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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
  • Anterior Horn Disease
  • 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
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dorsal Column Stimulation
  • Dystonia
  • 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
  • Inflammatory and Toxic Neuropathy
  • 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
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Musculoskeletal Function Test
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myelopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • 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
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pain Disorder
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Tremor
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Trigger Finger
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Ultrasound, Musculoskeletal
  • Upper Back Pain

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Dr Pinzon does a very good technical job. I have a problem with the communication aspect of the practice. Both his nurse manager and himself could use better communication skills, bed side manner and comfort the patients. It doesn’t take much effort to do that! Be prepared to wait long never been taken on time. If you are okay with all that mentioned and only care about the fact that your procedures will go well and work then go for it. I want both compassion and communication that makes sense as well as good medical care!
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Jun 25, 2020
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Fantastic!! I can only speak for myself, but Dr. Pinzon and his staff have changed my life for the better. I was at a loss due to the infrastructure of the insurance/medical dance. No one seemed to care or willing to help. I have been relieved of pain that has tortured me for almost two years due to a vehicle accident. Thanks again Dr. Pinzon!!
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Keith Richards – Jan 18, 2020
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Terrible!!!!!!!!
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Sep 26, 2019
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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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Ruby Hall in Knoxville, TN – Mar 06, 2019
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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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TN – Dec 30, 2018
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Everything has gone perfectly. Pain relief has been phenomenal
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J A Ferrell in Rockwood, TN – Sep 08, 2018
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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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S Sharp in Knoxville – Jul 23, 2018
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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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Becky in Oliver Springs, TN – Jun 13, 2018
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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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KJ in Knoxville, TN – Jun 03, 2018
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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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Knoxville – Nov 02, 2017
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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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Dan Holbrook in Knoxville, TN – Jun 12, 2017
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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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Rob V in Knoxville, Tennessee – Feb 02, 2017
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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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Knoxville, TN – Nov 02, 2016
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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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Francie in Seymour, TN – Oct 21, 2016
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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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Louisville, TN – Oct 03, 2016
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Just had facet joint injections. Very professional and would recommend anyone to go to him.
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Travis in Oak Ridge, TN – Sep 30, 2016
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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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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...Read more

Specialties

  • Interventional Pain Medicine
  • Electrodiagnostic Medicine
  • Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
  • Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Pain Medicine
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine
  • Sports Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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Board Certifications

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Education

1999
Georgia Pain Physicians, Pc
Fellowship Hospital
1998
Baylor
Residency Hospital
1995
Lehigh Valley Hospital
Internship Hospital
1988
Tulane University, School Of Public Health & Tropical Medicine
1986
University of Pittsburgh / Main Campus
Undergraduate School

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

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

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Locations

University Spine and Sports Specialists PLLC

University Spine and Sports Specialists PLLC10710 Murdock Dr Knoxville, TN 37932
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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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Affiliated Hospitals

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Fort Loudoun Medical Center

Lenoir City, TN

67% Patient experience rating, 2% lower than the national average

Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center

Knoxville, TN

74% Patient experience rating, 5% higher than the national average

Parkwest Medical Center

Knoxville, TN

75% Patient experience rating, 6% higher than the national average

Physicians Regional Medical Center

Knoxville, TN

66% Patient experience rating, 3% lower than the national average

Turkey Creek Medical Center

Knoxville, TN

University of Tennessee Medical Center

Knoxville, TN

76% Patient experience rating, 7% higher than the national average

  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020)
  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2020)
  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2018)