Dr. Samuel Polk, MD

Pain Medicine •  Male • Age 47
  
Dr. Polk
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

Semmes-Murphey Clinic

6325 Humphreys Blvd Memphis, TN 38120

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(901) 522-7700

Dr. Samuel Polk, MD is a Pain Medicine Specialist in Memphis, TN. Dr. Polk has more experience with Spine than other specialists in his area. He is affiliated with Baptist Memorial Hospital - Memphis. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Polk to book an appointment.


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(901) 522-7700

Dr. Polk accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
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Choice Plus POS II
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National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
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Cigna PPO
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No malpractice claims found for Tennessee
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Practice Areas

Spine

Spine specialists diagnose and treat conditions affecting the bones of the spine, including degenerative spine disease, herniated discs, stenosis, and fractured vertebrae, with treatments including medication, physical therapy, and surgery.Compare with other Spine specialists.

Typically treats 72% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 12 conditions and procedures

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

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Polk treats Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement) more than 96% of their peers

Dr. Polk treats this condition more than 96% of their peers

Osteoarthritis of Spine
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Polk treats Osteoarthritis of Spine more than 91% of their peers

Dr. Polk treats this condition more than 91% of their peers

Spondylosis
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Polk treats Spondylosis more than 91% of their peers

Dr. Polk treats this condition more than 91% of their peers

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Dr. Polk's conditions and procedures:

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Ankle and Foot Instability or Derangement
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Elbow Injuries
  • EMG (Electromyography)
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot Conditions
  • 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
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stellate Ganglion Block
  • Steroid Injection
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Upper Back Pain

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Dr. Polk's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Polk

4.1

Based on 19 ratings

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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.
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Cathie Liles – Jul 21, 2020
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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
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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 ??
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Jacqueline Harris – Feb 27, 2019
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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!
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S Z in Memphis – Oct 20, 2017
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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.
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Tami C in Millington – Mar 28, 2017
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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
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Sandra in Memphis, TN – Jan 06, 2017
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He is a kind and caring doctor,
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Cameran Harris in Memphis, TN – Dec 08, 2016
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Dr. Polk tells me that bone on bone vertebrae are normal amd should not be causing me any problems.
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Megan in Memphis, TN – Dec 02, 2016
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Biography

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, Georg...
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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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Locations

Semmes-Murphey Clinic

Memphis TN / Main office6325 Humphreys Blvd Memphis, TN 38120
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Baptist Memorial Hospital - Memphis

Memphis, TN

65% Patient experience rating, 4% lower than the national average