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Dr. Douglas Linville II

Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Memphis, TN
30 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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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

566 Answers
100 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Pain after ACDF: Understand, 80% of these surgeries are successful. Therefore, occasions exist when pain does not improve. Considerations: 1) new problem above or bel... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
CT Scan: This is a special x-ray test that provides 3d images (shown in 2d format usually) of complex anatomy. Adding contrast (contains iodine and can cause k... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Disc Herniation: Most herniated discs heal on their own--80%. For those that are too painful or fail to improve with pt, nsaid's, 6-18 weeks time, nerve blocks, other ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Pain: Just as a pt would, exam would be done to determine the source of pain. Given your age, x-rays not likely to show any significant abnormality. All lin... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 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
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 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
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
ER: Sorry. Nobody in this forum can answer that question. Only you can decide if your symptoms are an emergency. Neck pain in the absence of progressive w... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Hinges?: There are no hinges in a spinal fusion. Rods and screws are placed to "clamp" two bones or more together to allow for a fusion. Once the fusion is sol... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Ask YOUR doctor: It should be fine. But, you're asking the wrong source. I wasn't there at your surgery to know if something looked abnormal. I would almost guarantee ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Nope: Clinical exam using the adams forward bending test will show a hump that may be measured, but does not correlate with curve magnitude. It really takes... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
ALIF Allograft: I typically do not use allografts unless there is a reason. In the neck, after removing an entire vertebral bone, a structural bone is my preference. ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Sciatica: Understand that 80% improve their sciatic symptoms nonsurgically. Treatment options include: tylenol/nsaid's, heat/ice, salonpas hot patches. Core exe... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Lordosis: Rarely problematic unless in the thoracic spine. Under these circumstances, can cause profound pulmonary problems. In the lumbar spine, no real magic ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Really shouldn't: Understand that lhermitte's sign is a shock-like sensation that radiates to arms and legs during a flexion or forced flexion maneuver of the neck. Cla... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 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
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Myelopathy?: Ataxia, or a staggering walk akin to being drunk without alcohol is symptom. Coordination problems--trouble writing, buttoning buttons, discerning coi... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 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, and is the res... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Depends upon type: Assuming single level surgeries kyphoplasty 15-30 mins microdiskectomy-45-90 mins laminectomy-60-90 min lumbar fusion-90-120 mins cervical fusion... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Common: That is one reason i stopped this approach to spinal fusion years ago. Abdominal pain, hernia, flabby or protruding muscle on side of incision, are al... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Stress fracture: My greatest concern would be a stress fracture--that is a fracture that spontaneously occurs with little or no injury. With your history, you need to ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Spondylosis: Spondylosis is simply arthritis of the disc and facets. This is not a common reason for spine surgery. It usually will cause neck pain that is aggrav... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Different : Annular tear is similar to a sprain--a torn ligament, and not normal. It's presence does not equate to pain. In fact, upon healing the MRI will show a... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Yoga: That is really a question for your instructor. Since most physicians are not yoga instructors, i would suggest you discuss the technique issues with y... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Slightly: Greater the curve magnitude, the more height restoration. For most curves requiring surgery, i would expect 1-2" height gain.
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
PAD: A cool leg to touch, not "feels cool, " implies a problem with blood flow. This may be your first indication of peripheral arterial disease. If accomp... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
DDD pain: After trial of 3-6 months of nsaids/tylenol, mckenzie pt, ice/heat, salonpas hot patches and pain management, then surgery workup is reasonable as non... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
VCF and DDD: This implies several problems. First, a broken bone in the mid back (about bra level) with collapse to half its original height. If you are unaware, y... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 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
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 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
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Spondyloptosis: A greatly displaced L5 on s1 will not affect fertility. However, it may complicate delivery. This was first described by an ob, so it is a possibility... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
AARF: Could also simply be a post-viral torticollis/atlantoaxial rotary fixation. If not severe, may resolve with the inflammation in a couple days. Alterna... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Encroachment: Any condition limiting space for the nerves causes encroachment. A herniated disc would cause encroachment. A bone spur would also cause. Encroachment... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 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
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Too much sitting: Sitting, especially unsupported, causes increased stress on the lumbar discs. This is a common cause of back pain. Getting up periodically can help as... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Iodine contrast: This may or may not be used with a transforaminal injection. Though, in theory, it would seem that the steroid would flow in a similar pattern to the ... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Herniated disc: This causes pinched nerve. So it is the pressure on the nerve causing the pain. It is normal for pain to come and go initially. 80% of these heal over... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Yes : I have had a few occasions to operate on patients with this problem with success. The problem is more convincing insurers to allow it than anything e... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Unrelated: Aneurysm is unrelated to spine problem, and would need to be addressed based upon size, symptoms, and likelihood of rupture. Bulging disks, alone, req... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Not first response: Mri would be reasonable if the results are going to change your treatment. I typically recommend pt, nsaids, and re-evaluate after 6 weeks prior to co... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Hip to knee pain: Radiating pain from groin (hip) to knee suggests one of two likely possibilities. 1) there is a hip problem—hip joint, torn joint cartilage, collapse ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
No head trauma: Shouldn't really be confused. Radiating pains into the arm (singular) suggests pinched nerve. Concussive symptoms are grouped into: 1) cognitive; fogg... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Leg pain: My first thought when presented with leg pain at night is not leukemia. Way way down on the list. Peripheral neuropathy (diabetes, meds, nutritional, ... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
OP mortality: 859000 medicare patients at least 65 included in this review. 4 year survival after fracture 50% without surgery (kyphoplasty or vetebroplasty). With ... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Not for me: I do not use this medication as it does not relax muscles. It simply creates a sedative effect and can cause amnesia. There is no anti-inflammatory ef... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 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
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Stinky: Brain tumors would not erode the skull, but would push in the brain causing death long before visible. Skin cancers like squamous or basal cells, if i... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Neck pain in young: Based upon your age, serious problems are very unlikely without trauma. I would suspect you are feeling muscle aches or pains. Less likely is a disc h... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Bad habits: Bad posture is simply a bad habit. You need to modify your "behavior" and consciously correct posture. Imagine balancing a book on your head when you ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 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
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Radiating pain: Certainly the way we are wired, pain is often felt in the front of our bodies from a pain source in the spine. This is most common in the thoracic spi... Read More

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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 31, 2015
Dr. Linville II is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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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
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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

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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