Dr. Douglas Linville II

Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Memphis, TN
32 years experience male

Locations

Office

Memphis, TN

Address

6005 Park Avenue, Suite 400, Memphis, TN
Directions

Insurances accepted

Aetna

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Tennessee

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Humana Insurance Company

Medicare

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Spine Specialty Center

Memphis, TN

Spine Specialty Center

Southaven, MS

About

Bio

Orthopedic Surgery Residency SUNY Stony Brook, Spine Fellowship Training at Washington University, St. Louis. I have been in academic and private practice performing spine-only orthopedic surgery since 1997. My practice at Spine Specialty Center, in Memphis, TN, was established 2002 and continues to expand now serving patients in DeSoto county MS, and the greater Memphis area. I continue to work in the areas of research of spine diseases and treatments. Presently I am enrolled as one of the investigational centers for the DIAM FDA IDE study for back pain (a prospective, randomized clinical trial). Previous presentations and publications have centered around my training in spinal deformity, scoliosis, and spondylolisthesis. Currently, I continue to pursue interests in minimally invasive spine surgery and its application to both degenerative diseases as well as spinal deformity including scoliosis.

Specialties
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Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

450 Answers
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Lower body workout: Depends if you want aerobic or anaerobic. For the aerobic part, stationary bike or similar sitting/reclining device. Water aerobics also low stress. F... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Tailbone pain: Coccydynia is fairly common, and a benign cause of pain directly at the tailbone. It doesn't really radiate. So pain anywhere else is likely not relat... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Collar: If you are wearing a c collar after surgery, take it off. These often keep the neck in a very uncomfortable position that may cause spasms and headach... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Chicken or egg: Does she have bad posture? Or scoliosis causing the appearance of bad posture? If she is premenarchal, hasn't reached her growth spurt, have someone d... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Correct diagnosis: Adolescents do not have ddd. They may have MRI findings of this, but generally speaking, ddd is extremely unusual in this age group. I would be more s... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Unable to answer: T1 images will show water, air, and cortical bone as dark. T2 images will show air, cortical bone, and other hydrophobic substances as dark. So depend... Read More
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A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Back pain: For mild symptoms, muscle pains or degenerative changes are most common. If symptoms persist, you probably need at least some baseline xrays and doc t... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Idiopathic scoliosis: Idiopathic (spontaneous without a cause) scoliosis is not a painful condition. Back pain in scoliosis is similar to that of people with a straight spi... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Trigger points: Pain in the midline of the back or around the shoulder blades is usually muscular. Trigger points, fairly specific areas that when pressed reproduce o... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Permanent is...: By definition, if stiffness is permanent, there is no reversal. If you are using the term permanent incorrectly as a replacement for chronic (> 3 m... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Coccydynia: Tailbone pain can occur with or without injury. Only real concern is to exclude a sacral tumor (extremely rare). If bowel/bladder habits normal, proba... Read More
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A 76-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Absolutely: In fact, it is encouraged in order to minimize swelling. Gripping a sponge or ball helps this. Also, stretching the fingers is also helpful to minimiz... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Many variables: Low lumbar fractures rarely require surgery if traumatic. If from osteoporosis, not serious but likely going to be painful. As healing progresses past... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
L4 Radiculopathy: Disk herniations at l4-5, could cause pressure to either the L4 or L5 nerves or both. L4 would cause pain or numbness along the front and inside if th... Read More
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Hip bursitis: The cure is to find out what caused it: a limp, weak hip muscles, inflammatory condition, gout, medicine side effect (especially statins for cholester... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Back pain in young: Young patients rarely need further evaluation for back pain as it is usually self-limiting. For mild symptoms, muscle pains are most common. Consider ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Hypermobility: No disadvantages, unless there is pain, a stress fracture, scoliosis/kyphosis, or instability. Hypermobility suggests a better than average motion wit... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Torn ligament?: Without a fairly significant injury, a truly torn ligament (a sprain) is fairly uncommon. It is also difficult to diagnose without an mri. Presuming y... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Coccydynia: Tailbone pain can occur with or without injury. Not likely to cause pain higher up, though. Back problems, however, may cause tailbone pain. Treatment... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Facet fractures: Stable fractures of the cervical spine often heal in the first 3 months, and this is a reasonable time for immobilization. Once pain subsides, flexion... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Meds for spinal pain: First line for pain should be nsaid's i'd you tolerate them. Aleve is more convenient as it is twice daily, but Ibuprofen is fine if taken 4x daily. T... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Arm pain: Pain with arm movement is likely the arm/shoulder. Pain with neck movement suggests nerve pain from a herniated disc. Neither urgent if not progressin... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Chiari and HNP: No. They are unrelated. In the cervical spine, chiari is most commonly associated with a collection of fluid within the cord called a syrinx. A hernia... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Back Pain: Nonsurgical treatment works the vast majority of times for back/neck pain. DJD in the neck and back usually coincide. Same genetics, and your neck an... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
VCF: Presumably you had an accident. Vcf implies a stable fracture, so brace is usually not needed while lying down. I prefer my patients to lie on the sto... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Facet or lysis: Pain caused by extension or arching of the back is often caused by elements of the spine called facet joints. Irritation of these joints or a stress f... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Rib pain: First, hope you didn't fracture a rib--6 weeks pain, 6-9 months to fully resolve from personal experience. If a muscle strain, expect 1-2 days worseni... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Pain after MVA: Presumably, you had xrays after trauma. If not, i would suggest you do. In absence of significant injury on xray, i would suspect whiplash to explain ... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Limb length: Limb length discrepancy may be the cause if bad enough. If one leg is more than 1 inch shorter, this results in a spinal curvature. The imbalance crea... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
McKenzie Exercises: Pt for back and neck conditions involve stretching, strengthening, and some range of motion. These exercises start very gently, and then are progresse... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Moans, bones...: Abdominal groans. The above are symptoms of parathyroid disease. I would start with an endocrinologist at this time. May be able to lump all these sym... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Metastatic spine CA: The spine is a common site for metastatic cancer to spread. Depending on type and location of cancer, there are many options. Cyberknife can be used t... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
L4-5 disc pain: Yes it can. But not likely the disc herniation itself. The scrotum carries sensation from the lower sacral roots (s2-5) and the upper lumbar roots (l2... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Abnormal MRI?: Mri results mean absolutely nothing in the absence of symptoms. You can have every finding you've described with zero symptoms. So with the info provi... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Back pain in young: Young patients rarely need further evaluation for back pain as it is usually self-limiting. For mild symptoms, muscle pains are most common. Consider ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
McKenzie Exercises: Pt for back and neck conditions involve stretching, strengthening, and some range of motion. These exercises start very gently, and then are progresse... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Coccyx deviated: If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Good southern advice. Your coccyx is not the source of your back pain. Focus on the lumbar spine with core strength l... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Traction therapy: I am completely unaware of any literature that supports the use of traction therapy. Previously, orthopedic surgeons would admit patients for traction... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Scoliosis: Scoliosis is usually not painful unless severe. Curves greater than 50 degrees most commonly cause pain. Your scoliosis may actually be a result of mu... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
ER visit: No reasonable physician can correctly answer that question without an exam. If pain is so severe that you are concerned for life or limb, then yes! an... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Unrelated: Spinal fluid leak after injection is sealed and healed. Your pain is related to the original problem. So refer back to your treating doc for recommend... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Cerv Radiculopathy: Pain that radiates into the arm with associated numbness or weakness, suggests a pinched nerve. In older patients, this is often due to arthritis. You... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Coccydynia: Tailbone pain can occur with or without injury. Only real concern is to exclude a sacral tumor (extremely rare). If bowel/bladder habits normal, proba... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Degenerative spondy: You have spinal stenosis from the degenerative spondylolisthesis. You flex forward, stoop on grocery cart, and sit down after walking, to allow blood ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
McKenzie Exercises: Pt for back and neck conditions involve stretching, strengthening, and some range of motion. These exercises start very gently, and then are progresse... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Traction effects: Not likely. Ask your chiropractor about common issues. Since there is no harness around your groin, this is unlikely. The traction if pulling through ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Sciatica: True sciatica is leg pain that shoots from back, down the leg past the knee. This mimics the path of the sciatic nerve, thus it's name. Young patients... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Cannabanoids: Any doctor prescribing this for non malignant pain would risk losing their license. "sore" back in an 18 yo is no indication for narcotic or controlle... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Facet pain and DDD: Degenerative changes occur in the spine like wrinkles to skin. Most do not need surgery. Nsaid's, tylenol, (acetaminophen) ice/heat, salonpas hot patc... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Shouldn't be: First of all, are you sure that the spondylo is causing your symptoms? Understand 5% of the asymptomatic "normal" population has this abnormality. May... Read More
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Testimonials
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Jul 18, 2013
Dr. Linville II is extremely knowledgeable, well trained, an excellent teacher, a role model, and a highly competent spine surgeon. Thank you Dr. Linville II for your contribution to the medical commu...Read More
Great surgeon, well respected in the community, trustworthy to go see for consultation.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Linville II is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Makes sense I was actually thinking in the lines of Athritis. Taking celebrex shoulder pain has gone pain is in the mid back & r) chest area
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! More than just neck shoulder & back issues & are getting another opinion. Thanks for taking your time to reassure we're on the right track.
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Thank you I haven't had those test yet I have had blood test done and await the results this week and I do hope my GP sends me for a CT/MRI

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UMKC
Graduated 1991MD

Residency

SUNY Stony Brook

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Memphis, TN - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, Second Place, Memphis, TN - Winter
2013
Top Orthopedic Spine Surgeon , First Place, Tennessee - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Scoliosis Research Society

Publications

Biomechanical evaluation of lumbosacral reconstruction techniques for spondylolisthesis: an in vitro porcine model.
Osteoporotic fractures.
Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty.
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