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Dr. Eric Carkner, MD

Orthopedic Surgery •  Male • Age 49

Dr. Carkner

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830 Boylston St Ste 211 Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
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Dr. Eric Carkner, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Chestnut Hill, MA and has been practicing for 19 years. He graduated from Tufts University School Of Medicine in 2000 and specializes in orthopedic surgery.

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In 2010 I had a 2 level spinal fusion (L4-L5, L5-S1) & was nervous it. However after years of Laminectomy’s & Lumbar Discectomy’s, still being in pain, and thorough pro’s & con’s analysis of all options by Dr Carkner I took the leap. One of the best decisions I have ever made. Full recovery & even played several yrs of Semi-pro football after with no issues (aside from minimal loss of range in bending at waist) He Is the BEST! ...very knowledgeable, comforting, detailed, & great bedside manner.
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Unprofessional, unwilling to answer questions or give reasons/diagnosis for my back and leg pain. Spent no more than 10-15 minutes to explain how he would treat problem, just saying he would “open up some space between two joints and put some screws and rods in.” Told me to put my paper and pen down - I was trying to take notes. When I asked how long I would be out of for work the surgery he said “you’re a professional, you can work from home" - not answering the question. Arrogant narcissist.
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It has been one year since my l1-l2 spinal fusion. I cannot believe how I good my back feels. I thought I was done with any physical labor but I am putting an addition on my house this summer. I think Dr. Carkner is a "ROCKSTAR" and I told him so. I traveled from RI to Boston and I am glad I did. Cannot say enough or say how grateful I am. Thanks Doc
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I can't say enough good things about Dr. Eric Carkner. Beyond his superior skill as a top-shelf orthopedic surgeon, he is a kind, compassionate listener who takes him time explaining procedures, addresses patient concerns and has strong follow through. I can't recommend him enough.
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Biography

Dr. Eric Carkner, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Chestnut Hill, MA and has been practicing for 19 years. He graduated from Tufts University School Of Medicine in 2000 and specializes in orthopedic surgery.

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

New England Baptist Hospital
Fellowship Hospital
Umass Memorial Med Center
Residency Hospital
2000
Tufts University School Of Medicine
Medical School

Awards

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(617) 734-2450

Dr. Carkner accepts the following insurance:

Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
BlueConnect HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Preferred Blue PPO
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
LocalPlus
Open Access Plus
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
POMCO Group
Simplifi
Tufts Health Plan
Tufts Health Plans
Tufts PPO
UnitedHealthCare
United Healthcare

Background Check

No malpractice claims found for Massachusetts
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Carkner's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Low Back Pain
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Dr. Carkner treats Low Back Pain more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Carkner treats this condition more than 98% of his peers

Back Pain
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Dr. Carkner treats Back Pain more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Carkner treats this condition more than 98% of his peers

Chronic Neck Pain
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Carkner treats Chronic Neck Pain more than 95% of his peers

Dr. Carkner treats this condition more than 95% of his peers

Dr. Carkner's conditions and procedures:

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Excision of Femur or Knee
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Gout
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hip Replacement
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Surgery
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Torticollis

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86% Patient experience rating, 17% higher than the national average

  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2017)
  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2017)