Dr. John Lavelle, DO

Dr. John Lavelle, DO

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation  |  
Male  |  
Age 38
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Dr. John Lavelle, DO is a physical medicine & rehabilitation doctor who practices in Knoxville, TN. He is 38 years old and has been practicing for 9 years. Read his story

1819 W Clinch Ave Ste 100

Knoxville, TN 37916

Contact Information

(865) 524-5365

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • American Republic
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • 19 More

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Low Back Pain
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Dr. Lavelle's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Lavelle " Dr. John Lavelle, a graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed his extensive training during an internship at St. Vincent Hospital at Worcester Medical Center, and his residency at Boston University Medical Center where he served as chief resident. Dr. Lavelle completed his fellowship in Spine and Musculoskeletal Physiatry at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, with a focus on conservative spine management and interventional spine procedures. Dr. Lavelle is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, member of the American Osteopathic Association, and the American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, where he served as national resident council president during his final year of residency and currently is on the board of trustees. Dr. Lavelle looks forward to time spent on his farm with his wife, a urologist, and their three children; he also enjoys playing sports such as baseball and hockey. Tennessee Orthopaedic Clinics offers nine locations to better serve you in Knoxville, Oak Ridge, Lenoir City, Crossville, and Sevierville in East Tennessee. "


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Lavelle "As a Spine Physician, Dr Lavelle utilizes a science-based approach focusing on nervous system adaptation to reduce spinal pain and disability therefore restoring function and improving patient's quality of life. This conservative approach includes a detailed physical exam and imaging to determine the specific cause of the symptoms, exercise prescriptions to allow the patient to resume activities, use of spinal injections as needed, as well as patient-specific education on their spinal condition."


  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Non-Surgical Orthopedics
  • Spine Physiatry

Board Certifications

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Accredited by: American Osteopathic Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation*

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Neck Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Upper Back Pain


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  • Arthrocentesis
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Facet Block
  • Facet Joint Injection
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injection
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Steroid Injection

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Tennessee.

0 Sanctions

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

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • College of the Holy Cross
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 2001
  • Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 2008
  • St Vincent Hosp Worcester Med Ctr
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2009
  • Boston University Med Ctr
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2012
  • New England Baptist Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2013

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Lavelle has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Lavelle's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Lavelle to family and friends
based on 26 total reviews (13 with comments)
Dr. Lavelle's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    Under 10 minutes
Patient Comments (13)
in Knoxville, TN |
Dr. Lavelle is truly an outstanding doctor and a person of great character. He listens to the patient and then treats the patient with great care. I am most fortunate that my primary care physician recommended him with high praise. As a patient with severe spinal stenosis, he has given me relief from pain that nobody else was able to do. I cannot say enough about how wonderful he is.
Hello J. Brown, we appreciate you taking the time to leave us this feedback.
in La Follette, TN |
I reviewed Dr. Lavelle and gave him a positive review. However my review reads "I won't recommend Dr. Lavelle, but I meant to say I WOULD recommend Dr. Lavelle.
Dennis, thank you so much for the positive review! Thank you for clarifying! Have a great day!
in Knoxville, TN |
Dr Lavelle explained in excellent detail what I needed and how he was going to do the injection. It was quick and "mostly" painless. I lost no time doing anything due to the injection!
in Knoxville, TN |
Dr. Lavelle is a straight shooter, tells you like it is without dragging out a lot of visits. Takes time to listen to you and answers your questions. Very much liked him and would recommend him.
in Corryton Tn |
Wonderful person and doctor.. listens to pts
Knoxville, TN |
Dr. Lavelle and his staff took great care of me when I came into the office for my neck injection. They are courteous and caring. The nice girl who brought me back to my room could tell I was nervous and she had nothing but kind words to say. The assistant in the procedure room took great care in making sure I was ok. I would tell anyone to go see this amazing doctor.
Hi there, thank you so much for your positive comments about Dr. Lavelle, and our staff!
in Knoxville, TN |
Since being referred to Dr. Lavelle in October 2016, he has worked with me in every way possible to help with my pain issues due to degenerative arthritis. He is so professional, caring and eager to help people. I think the most important thing is he cares about you as a patient. One of the best things that has ever happened to me is seeing him for my problems.
Patsy Huffaker, thank you so much for the positive review!
Powell, TN |
Dr Lavelle did surgery on my lower back. I am now pain free and can get back to normal activities. He took his time and answered all my questions. I would highly recommend him.
in Andersonville, TN |
Dr Lavelle very good about listening to everything I have to say and answers all my questions. I never feel like he's trying to rush me and I've not had an appointment where I've had a long wait.
Sevierville,Tn. |
I was impressed with the level of knowledge in diagnosing my problem before looking at the MRI, then looking at the MRI to confirm his diagnosis. The treatment he did worked and he never had me keep coming in for visits when we had done all we could for my issue. Later when I needed further treatment he was as professional as before.His honesty with me will keep me as his patient for my cervical spine problem.
in Loudon, TN |
I have been seeing Dr.Lavelle for arthritis problems. I like the fact that he listens and we make a plan together. He refers me to other TOC MDs when necessary and I feel that the care I am getting enhances my quality of life.
in Knoxville, TN |
Dr. Lavelle diagnosed my problem in the first office visit. Pinched nerves in my spine that had been debilitating pain for three years. The next week he did a test procedure to make sure that was the problem and the next week he did another procedure and fixed it. Dr. Lavelle gave me my life back. The staff and nurses in Dr. Lavelle's office and surgery are friendly and professional. I wasted three years going to doctor's who did nothing before I found Dr. Lavelle. You can't do better.
Dr. Lavelle is always very positive and honest about my particular condition. His manner is very calm and comforting. Answers any and all questions I may have at each visit in his office as well as before any injections. I have had great improvement with his treatment of my spinal stenosis and can do much more physically after having his suggested treatments. I look forward to continuing to work with Dr. Lavelle in the future and am so thankful that he is practicing here in Knoxville, TN
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Dr. Lavelle accepts 28 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
  • American Republic
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
    HealthKeepers Plus POS
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Connecticare
  • CoreSource
  • Coventry Health Care
    Carelink HMO
  • EmblemHealth
  • Golden Rule
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Guardian
    DentalGuard Preferred
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  • Humana
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • Medicaid
  • MetLife
  • MultiPlan
  • POMCO Group
  • Tricare
  • UniCare
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Navigate HMO
  • WellPoint
  • Wells Fargo Insurance

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Hospitals where Dr. Lavelle has admitting privileges

Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center
1901 W Clinch Ave
Knoxville, TN 37916
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Leconte Medical Center
742 Middle Creek Rd
Sevierville, TN 37862
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Parkwest Medical Center
9352 Park West Blvd
Knoxville, TN 37923
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