Dr. Richard Emerson, DO

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Age 74
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Dr. Richard Emerson, DO
Dr. Emerson has a distinguished career in orthopedics and sports medicine. He is a decorated combat Air Force flight surgeon accruing several air medals during his tour in Vietnam. During his first year of practice in 1978, he established the much acclaimed high school student-athlete comprehensive sports physicals. For seventeen years, he served as the orthopedic surgeon and team physician for the Phoenix Suns, The Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers. He has authored award winning publications and research, and has served as the President of the National Sports Medicine Academies. Dr. Emerson is also a founding member of the Arizona Chapter of College Football Hall of Fame. He is a board member of the Arizona Football Coaches Association and serves as Chairman of the annual, "Care of the Athlete" seminars. In 2005, Phoenix Magazine named him as, a "Top Doc" in orthopedic surgery. Dr. Emerson was founder and President of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics Sports Medicine. He is also the only physician to be named an honorary staff member of John C. Lincoln Hospital.

Arrowhead Office

6320 W Union Hills Dr Ste B1800

Glendale, AZ 85308

Contact Information

(602) 277-6211

Dr. Richard Emerson, DO

Dr. Richard Emerson, DO

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • American Republic
  • Assurant Health
  • Benesys
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Golden Rule
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Health Net
  • Humana
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio
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Care Philosophy

RECOVERY. RESULTS. RELIEF.
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Dr. Emerson's Experience

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Dr. Emerson's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
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  • Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
  • Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found
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Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine
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Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery*
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Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Ataxia
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bunion
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Gout
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Heel Spur
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • 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
  • 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
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Trigger Finger

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Procedures

  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

Background Check

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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

Education

  • KS UNIV OF MED & BIOSCI COLL OF OSTEO MED
    Medical School | Graduated 1969
  • Phoenix General Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1978
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1977

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Emerson's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Emerson to family and friends
4.7
based on 35 total reviews (10 with comments)
Dr. Emerson's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (10)
in Camp Verde Az |
Dr Emerson is very caring and concerned and willing to answer questions and make recommendations. He is very knowledgeable and gives great advice. He is willing to spend time with and get to know his patients. I am so glad TOCA was recommended to me by my primary and I was able to get Dr Emerson as my physician. The shots for my knees and therapy have been great.
Phoenix, AZ |
Dr. Emerson is very professional and kind, he has been my doctor for years. Very experienced and knowledgeable regarding my care. He takes great care of me and knows my treatment plan very well. In addition, he never rushes me and addresses all of my concerns. Happy in Phoenix Jacque
phoenix, az |
I just met Dr Emerson and felt I am in good hands right away. He was very caring and concerned to provide ease for my pain.
in Phoenix, AZ |
Doc Enerson has been my orthopod for 20 years. He has been, without question, the finest physician that has cared for me. Due to my past as a Special Operations spldier and Green Beret, i have multiple orthopedic issues. He had been a caring and proficient surgeon and care giver. Most doctors and especially surgeons tend to be good mechanics. Dr. Emerson is a physician in the finest sense of the word. Nobidy touches me until he has examined me and developed a course of treatment.
in Lake Havasu City, AZ |
I've been seeing Dr Emerson since 1995 . He has been my ortho surgeon from 95-2004. I still see him to this day and even though he no longer performs surgery I see him regularly for injections & referrals. He has become my friend and I have recommended him too anyone needing orthopedic care. Highly recommend Dr Emerson , best of the best ... ????
in Phoenix, AZ |
He apparently didn't read the written chief complaint on the intake form or any of the supplied surgical history, nor ever asked the reason I came. Therefore he made an inaccurate assumption based solely on his look at the xray. He immediately went to an anatomical chart to point out why I'd be having pain. Twice I had to tell him the spots he sequentially pointed out weren't the location of the pain before he finally watched me point to the place on my ankle. He never actually examined me.
in GLENDALE AZ |
Dr. Emerson was very professional and kind. Very experienced. He took great care of me.
in scottsdale, AZ |
Took great care of my knee!
in Gilbert, AZ |
Dr. Emerson worked on my right knee back in 2002. He was recommended to me by a friend. He was a team doctor for the Phoenix Suns, Mercury, Rattlers and Coyotes at the time I believe. He did a wonderful job on my knee at the Scottsdale center which he told me at the time if I were a player on the Suns, it would have been a career ending injury. It is 2016 and the knee is still fine. Thanks a million Dr. Emerson.
in Phoenix, AZ |
Very patient and kind
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Dr. Emerson accepts 22 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Aetna Savings Plus of AZ
    Choice Plus POS II
  • American Republic
  • Assurant Health
  • Benesys
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Golden Rule
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
    GEHA
  • Health Net
    Medicare Advantage PFFS
  • Humana
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio
  • Meritain Health
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • PHP-Physicians Health Plan
  • Simplifi
  • Thrivent Financial
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Options PPO
    United Healthcare
  • Worker's Compensation
    Worker's Compensation WC

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HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center
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Scottsdale, AZ 85260
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Tempe, AZ 85281
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