Dr. Richard W. Duncan, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Johnson City, TN, 37601

Dr. Richard W. Duncan, MD, Johnson City, TN, 37601

I treat disorders of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. Most spinal disorders can be treated non-surgically, and since the majority of spine surgery is elective, I believe surgery is a last resort. I strive to provide you as much information as possible to ensure that you make an informed decision on your treatment options.

I am particularly interested in minimally invasive techniques. Utilization of the latest lighting, magnification and imaging technology allows spinal surgery procedures to be done with less tissue disruption, less pain and a faster recovery. In addition, I was the first physician in the Tri-Cities to perform outpatient spinal surgery and many of my cases are done at The Mountain Empire Surgical Center.

Doctor Quote

My goal is to treat my patients as I would my own family.

Type of Spine Care Professional

  • Orthopedic Surgeon

Areas of Expertise

Conditions
  • Acute Pain
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arm Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Auto-Related Injuries
  • Back Pain
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Cervical Spine Disorders
  • Chiari Malformation
  • Chronic Pain
  • Coccydynia
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spinal Conditions
  • Extremity Dysfunction / Pain
  • Facet Syndrome
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Foot Drop
  • Foot Pain
  • Fracture
  • Gait disorders
  • Herniated Disc / Bulging Disc
  • Hip Pain
  • Joint Pain
  • Kyphosis
  • Leg Pain
  • Ligament strain
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Disorders
  • Muscle Pain / Muscle Strain
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Disorders
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Pain / Neuralgia
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteoporotic Compression Fractures
  • Pediatric Spine Disorders
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Post Surgery Functional Problems
  • Post Surgery Pain
  • Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
  • Sciatica / Radiculopathy
  • Scoliosis and Deformity
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Infections
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Conditions
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Thoracic spine disorders
  • Trauma
  • Tumors
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Vertebral subluxation
  • Whiplash
  • Workers' Compensation Injuries
Treatments
  • ALIF (anterior lumbar interbody fusion)
  • Anterior / Posterior Lumbar Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Corpectomy
  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy
  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy / Decompression
  • Anterior Cervical Fusion
  • BMP
  • Back Surgery
  • Bone Graft Substitutes
  • Bracing
  • Caudal Injections
  • Cervical Spine Fusion Instrumentation
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Diagnostic Testing
  • Discectomy
  • Discography
  • Endoscopic Microdiscectomy
  • Epidural Steroid Injections - Cervical
  • Epidural Steroid Injections - Lumbar
  • Exercise
  • Facet Joint Injections / Blocks
  • Facet Rhizotomy Injections
  • Facet rhizotomy
  • Heat / Ice Therapy
  • Hip Joint Injections
  • Interspinous process spacers
  • Joint Injections
  • Knee Injections
  • LANX Interspinous Process Fusion For Outpatient Minimally Invasive Lumbar Spine Fusion Surgery
  • Laminectomy / Decompression Surgery
  • Lower Back Surgery
  • Lumbar Corpectomy
  • Lumbar Spine Fusion Instrumentation
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Medial Branch Nerve Blocks
  • Medications for Pain and Related Health Issues
  • Microdiscectomy / Microdecompression
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Neck Surgery
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Nerve Testing
  • Non-Surgical Treatment and Diagnosis
  • Occupational Therapy
  • PLIF (posterior lumbar interbody fusion)
  • Pediatric Spine Treatments - Non-Surgical
  • Peripheral Joint and Muscular Injections
  • Physical Therapy
  • Posterior Cervical Decompression
  • Posterolateral Lumbar Fusion
  • Radiofrequency procedures
  • Reconstructive / Revision Spine Surgery
  • Sacrococcygeal Injections
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injections / Blocks
  • Scoliosis Treatment - Non-Surgical
  • Shoulder Injections
  • Soft Tissue Injections
  • Spinal Decompression
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Injections
  • Spine Surgery
  • Sports Medicine
  • Traction
  • Transforaminal Injections
  • Trigger Point Injections
  • Ultrasound
  • Upper Back Surgery

Languages

Languages Spoken: English

Certifications

  • Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Distinctions

  • Spine Fellowship, Baylor - Houston, TX
  • <strong>"Americas Top Orthopedists" for 2011 by Consumers Research Council of America</strong>

Professional Affiliations

  • North American Spine Society
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Christian Medical Dental Association
  • Southern Medical Association