Dr. Samuel Polk, MD

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Dr. Samuel Polk, MD

Pain Medicine | Male

Semmes-Murphey Clinic 6325 Humphreys Blvd, Memphis, TN 38120 Get Directions
(901) 522-7700

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Samuel Carlton Polk | Semmes Murphey Neurologic and Spine Institute Dr. Samuel Carlton Polk III, a native Memphian, was born...Read more

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Specialties

  • Pain Medicine

Board Certifications

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  • Pain Medicine
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Conditions Treated

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Samuel Carlton Polk | Semmes Murphey Neurologic and Spine Institute

Disorders & Treatments

  • Arm Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Concussions
  • Leg Pain
  • Numbness
  • Pain Block Procedure
  • Spine
  • Weakness

Additional Areas of Expertise

  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Neuromodulation
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Musculoskeletal/sports injuries of shoulder, hip, knee, and spine
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  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Arthritis
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Hand Conditions
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Knee Disorders
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Myelopathy
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • 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 Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Upper Back Pain

Procedures Performed

  • EMG (Electromyography)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Joint Drainage
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Steroid Injection
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
  • Trigger Point Injection

Background Check

  • 0
    Malpractice Claims

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    Sanctions

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    Board Actions

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Education

  • Medical School
    Meharry Medical College School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 2000

  • Internship Hospital
    Riverside Methodist Hospital
  • Residency Hospital
    Case Western Reserve University School Of Medicine
  • Fellowship Hospital
    University Of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston
  • Undergraduate School
    Morehouse School Of Medicine

Awards & Recognition

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    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
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Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Pain Medicine
  • Board certified in Pain Medicine and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found
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Dr. Polk's Office & Staff

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Total wait time (waiting & exam rooms)
31 – 45 minutes

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Dr. Polk says...

Samuel Carlton Polk | Semmes Murphey Neurologic and Spine Institute

Dr. Samuel Carlton Polk III, a native Memphian, was born and reared by two Memphis educators. He attended Memphis Central High School, Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and obtained his Doctorate of Medicine from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee.

He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. His residency training was done at Case Western Reserve University / MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. After completion of his residency, he entered and completed a multidisciplinary Pain Management fellowship in Anesthesiology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

Dr. Polk has been in practice at Semmes Murphey since 2006.

Board Certifications:

  • Diplomate of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Diplomate of Pain Medicine
  • Diplomate of Independent Medical Examiners

Professional Societies:

  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Tennessee Medical Society
  • Bluff City Medical Society

Extracurricular Activities:

  • Golf
  • Billiards
  • Antique automobiles
  • Memphis Rotary Club
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Dr. Polk says...

Samuel Carlton Polk | Semmes Murphey Neurologic and Spine Institute

Disorders & Treatments

  • Arm Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Concussions
  • Leg Pain
  • Numbness
  • Pain Block Procedure
  • Spine
  • Weakness

Additional Areas of Expertise

  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Neuromodulation
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Musculoskeletal/sports injuries of shoulder, hip, knee, and spine