Dr. Thomas Ellison, MD

Dr. Thomas Ellison, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 57
Insurances AcceptedSave
Dr. Thomas Ellison, MD is an orthopedic surgery doctor who practices in Murrells Inlet, SC. He is 57 years old and has been practicing for 30 years.

4033 Highway 17 Ste 110

Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Contact Information

(843) 652-8160

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan

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Top Care Areas


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Chronic Neck Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers
Back Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers
Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
very high
more than 97% of peers

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gout
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Myelopathy
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy


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  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neuroplasty
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for South Carolina.

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.


  • Wake Forest Univ Sch Of Med
    Medical School | Graduated 1987
  • University Of So Al Hosps
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Ellison has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Ellison's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Ellison to family and friends
based on 23 total reviews (6 with comments)
Dr. Ellison's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (6)
Myrtle Beach, SC |
2 Weeks Post Op ~ 2nd Fusion w/Dr Ellison who cleaned up & added additional levels following the trauma of an auto accident . This could easily be a novel ~ but being limited to 500 words won't do a great surgeon justice. Dr Scott Ellison is truly worth taking time to write about. When making my initial decision, I found Dr Ellison to be the surgeon that other medical professionals chose ~ which speaks volumes. He's extremely passionate about what he does ~ an expert in his field. Easy Choice!
in Murrells Inlet, SC |
I saw Dr. Ellison and found him very dismissive of my condition and concerns. He basically took no X-Rays and only questioned me about my concerns, no real examination. When I called back to question why no x-rays were ordered, I was told he did this normally and would reevaluate at follow-up appointment. I found it very odd, that no X-Ray at minimum were ordered? I went to another Orthopedic Dr. and was extensively examined and X-ray's/MRI Ordered. Found disk abnormalities. Injections working!
Myrtle Beach, SC |
About two years ago Dr. Ellison preformed a spinal decompression on my L4 and L5 and spinal fission. About 5 to 6 months later I had reoccurring back pain. He said and I quote " I do not chase back pain. He sent me to the Pain Clinic. 12 months of treatment the pain kept getting worse. I went to another DR. who will shake your hand. Found that I have a herniated disc. Worse Doctor I ever had. Wait time in waiting over an hour plus 30 to 40 wait time in exam room.
in Murrells Inlet, SC |
Rudest physician I have ever had the displeasure of meeting. Judgmental and very prejudice. This "doctor" was more concerned with dishing out unneeded, unwanted and completely irrelevant 'shame on you' advice than even discussing the reason we were in his office. Refused to discuss the herniated disc....completely! So I would just like to say....It's not your job to figure out the storm God has ask someone to walk through. You are no where close to being worthy enough of those shoes.
in Myrtle Beach, SC |
Rudest Doctor we have ever met! Super huge Ego. Staff IS GREAT! He interrupts/doesn't let you speak. Said other doctors think they are God. He needs to look in the mirror. Totally UNHELPFUL! Zero compassion. Didn't perform a thorough neurology test as we found out after going to the SE Spine Institute. He missed a simple "toe test" that could have saved weeks of agony. Would not prescribe PAIN meds. Did not explain MRI at all! Wouldn't do surgery. SE Spine said surgery was only option. HORRIBLE!
Surfside Beach, SC |
20 years of misdiagnosed back pain. Dr. Ellison not only correctly diagnosed the issue but performed the surgery to completely relieve the back pain. Home run out of the park!
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Dr. Ellison accepts 6 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • MultiPlan
    PHCS Network PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Ellison has admitting privileges

Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital
606 Black River Rd
Georgetown, SC 29440
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Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital
4070 Highway 17
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
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