Dr. Samuel Polk, MD

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Dr. Polk
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Semmes-Murphey Clinic

6325 Humphreys Blvd Memphis, TN 38120

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Dr. Samuel Polk, MD is a Pain Medicine Specialist in Memphis, TN. He is affiliated with Baptist Memorial Hospital - Memphis. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Polk to book an appointment.

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4.0

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First I want to make clear that I adore Dr.Polk. He is the only doctor that actually listened to me and tried to help. Now, the people who are supposed to fight with your insurance company to get the much needed surgery? Not so much! It’s been almost a year and they still can’t reach somebody? Even though I’ve gotten all the information for them and gave it to Dr.Polk to give them, and still nothing is done. Like I said, I love Dr. Polk, but I really really need my surgery. It’s getting so much worse.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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May 13, 2021
i’ve seen Dr. Polk for at least 9 years due to disc degeneration & arthritis in my lower back. before coming to Semmes-Murphy, i “took the tour” of several other doctors & back clinics in Memphis & was not pleased w/ the care & treatment. Dr. Polk takes the time to listen carefully to my complaints. he thoroughly explains the treatment options i have available. he treats my pain issues. he is always respectful & knowledgeable & caring. i cannot imagine having another back pain care doctor. he’s the best i’ve ever seen.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Cathie Liles – Jul 21, 2020
I saw Dr. Polk for pain management for 17 years for a very bad back after being referred by a Semmes Murphy doctor. I thought he was kind and caring and I liked him very much. On my last appointment I was taken to a treatment room and his nurse, Leah, came in and told me Dr. Polk couldn't see me anymore. After 17 years there was no explanation. The only thing I can imagine would be my age (80) and health condition? You would think after that long a time he would be courteous enough to come in and explain why. I am still very hurt by this.
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Sally – Apr 24, 2020
I liked his professionalism and he Care and was concern but mostly I like that I called back a day later and spoke with his nurse on some things that I needed to know she got right back with a fast response. I like that I’m from Maryland and being down in the south it’s a lot different but that was nice ??
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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Jacqueline Harris – Feb 27, 2019
My husband is finally feeling relief after receiving care from Dr. Polk. His bedside manner was amazing and he is truly a professional and good at what he does. The staff was kind and they took time to answer questions and make us feel comfortable. Hope we don't have to see them too much but it does take away some stress if we do :) Thank you!
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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S Z in Memphis – Oct 20, 2017
I have pain relief for the first time in over three months after just one treatment from Dr. Polk. His bedside manner is excellent. Highly recommend.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
5 people found this helpful
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Tami C in Millington – Mar 28, 2017
I was referred to Dr. Polk for an epidural nerve block. He was prompt, courteous, and explained everything thoroughly before the procedure. He communicated throughout the 5 or 10 min procedure, I felt no pain or discomfort once. I was worried about pain afterwards and have had none at all. He is clearly well trained and I am glad he was recommended by both the neurosurgeon and neurologist. Looking forward to being pain free. Thank you Dr. Polk
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
5 people found this helpful
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Sandra in Memphis, TN – Jan 06, 2017
Thank you, Sandra, for reaching out to us. Your...Read More
He is a kind and caring doctor,
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
1 person found this helpful
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Cameran Harris in Memphis, TN – Dec 08, 2016
Cameran Harris, thank you for taking the time to...Read More
Dr. Polk tells me that bone on bone vertebrae are normal amd should not be causing me any problems.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
8 people found this helpful
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Megan in Memphis, TN – Dec 02, 2016

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About Me

Biography

Samuel Carlton Polk | Semmes Murphey Neurologic and Spine Institute

Dr. Samuel Carlton Polk III, a native Memphian, was born and reared by...
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Specialties

  • Pain Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Pain Medicine
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Education

University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston
Fellowship Hospital

Awards

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What are Dr. Samuel Polk, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Polk frequently treats Low Back Pain, Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement), and Back Pain. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Polk treats.

Where is Dr. Samuel Polk, MD's office located?

Dr. Polk's office is located at 6325 Humphreys Blvd, Memphis, TN 38120. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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

Treatment Frequency
Low Back Pain
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Treatment Frequency

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

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

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

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Polk treats Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement) more than 97% of his peers

Dr. Polk treats this condition more than 97% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Brachial Neuritis
  • Neuritis
  • Neuritis With Brachial Predilection
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Peripheral Neuritis
  • Polyneuritis
  • Radiculitis
  • Ulnar Neuritis
  • Vestibular Neuritis
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Back Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Polk treats Back Pain more than 94% of his peers

Dr. Polk treats this condition more than 94% of his peers

Dr. Polk's conditions and procedures:

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Arthritis
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Chronic Postoperative Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • EMG (Electromyography)
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Hand Conditions
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Disorders
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Migraine
  • Myelopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Steroid Injection
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Upper Back Pain

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(901) 522-7700

Dr. Polk accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Ambetter
Superior Health Plan
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
LocalPlus
Open Access Plus
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO

Locations

Semmes-Murphey Clinic

Memphis TN / Main office6325 Humphreys Blvd Memphis, TN 38120
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Polk is affiliated with the following hospital. Select the hospital below to learn more.

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Baptist Memorial Hospital - Memphis

Memphis, TN

69% Patient Experience Rating, Equal to the national average

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