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Bike Safety from our Physical Therapists

May is National Bike Month and we are excited to continue our partnership with Explore Bike Share!


We encourage you to get out and ride and explore our city but before you do, take these bike safety tips provided by a few of Semmes Murphey's physical therapists.

Benefits of Cycling:


Cycling helps increase your body’s stamina and gives a boost to the endurance capacity of a person. Energy levels get higher, resulting in enthusiasm at work and generally higher energy for all normal activities. It opens options for other kinds of exercises and fitness activities.

Cycling is an excellent exercise for burning calories. A person cycling with a speed of 10 mph burns approximately 300 calories in an hour. Cycling strengthens the muscles in the core, thighs, buttocks, and arms. Regularly working these muscles helps improve your body’s composition.

Other than the physical health benefits, there are social and mental health benefits that make cycling an enjoyable activity as well.  Research has shown that participating in any kind of sport can reduce stress, but in some cases, playing sports might not be possible. Instead, one can spend time riding a bicycle, which is also equally beneficial in reducing stress and depression.  Cycling has been shown to help with pain management. It is considered as a “releasing” exercise. Releasing exercises play a very important role in alleviating physiological and psychological issues like stress, tension, and pain. Cycling is a widely accepted pain-reduction strategy.

"It is important to vary your hand and body position frequently. This changes the angle of your back, hips, neck and arms, so that different muscles and joints are stressed . Keep your arms relaxed and don’t lock your elbows. This will help you absorb bumps better."  Ben Graves, PT 

Injury Prevention


Cyclists can help prevent overuse injuries by:

  • Having their bike fit appropriately for their body
  • Maintaining a pedal cadence of 88–95 rpm (revolutions per minute) or higher
  • Maximizing pedal stroke to optimize the muscular balance
  • Using a clipless pedal position that mimics the alignment of the foot when it is dangling off of a table when in a sitting position
  • Maintaining hip and low back strength and flexibility

"Always wear a helmet EVERY time you ride a bike to protect your head. One fall could result in a head injury." Kathryn Berry, PT

Common Causes of Knee Pain in Cyclists


Medial pain is located on the inside of the knee due to friction between the knee cap and thigh bone. This pain may be associated with riding with a seat that is too low or having a pedaling cadence that is too slow. Decreased hip flexibility can also be associated with inner knee pain.

Lateral pain is located on the outside of the knee and be due to the friction of the Iliotibial band over the fat pad or bone of the femur. This pain may be associated with inappropriate cleat and pedal position, the inappropriate position of the bike seat, leg length discrepancy and/or improper ankle position while riding.

Anterior pain is located directly in front of the knee due to excessive compression forces between the knee cap and thigh bone. This pain may be associated with a seat that is too low, too far forward and/or riding with a low pedal cadence

"Bicyclists should follow the rules of the road which includes yielding to pedestrians." Caroline Daniel




Congratulations to Dr. Kevin Foley for being awarded the Cushing Award for Technical Excellence and Innovation in Neurosurgery

Dr. Kevin Foley was just awarded the American Association of Neurological Surgeons Cushing Award for Technical Excellence and Innovation in Neurosurgery at the AANS annual meeting in April.

Kevin Foley, MD, FAANS, is a tenured professor of neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery and biomedical engineering at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tenn. He is the chairman of the board of Semmes Murphey Clinic, director of the spine fellowship program for the University of Tennessee Department of Neurosurgery and chairman of the board and medical director for the Medical Education & Research Institute. In addition to a full-time spine surgery practice, he is actively involved in medical device development and research in minimally invasive spine surgery, disc regeneration and clinical outcomes.

Dr. Foley has been granted more than 150 patents by the USPTO and invented many of the tools and techniques (tubular retractors, percutaneous pedicle screws with removable extenders) that have enabled modern minimally invasive spine surgery.

We are proud to call Dr. Foley one of our own! 

Dr. Foley receiving his award at the AANS conference


Get Back in Gear at the Semmes Murphey Bike Station

Did you know that the Semmes Murphey Explore Bike Share station on the Memphis side of Big River Crossing, the pedestrian/bike trail on the Harahan Bridge across the Mississippi River, is the most-used in the citywide system? Read more at The Daily Memphian.

Semmes Murphey is proud to be a part of this program that provides interconnectivity in our city and encourages the community to exercise and have healthy lifestyles. The bike share program is easy, affordable, and accessible with a 24-hour day pass for $5 and a monthly membership for $15. 

Be sure to check out our station and get back in gear with us as we ride throughout Memphis! 




Interventional Pain Management at Semmes Murphey

Interventional pain management is the medical practice of alleviating as much pain as possible for patients. Our interventional pain team consists of Dr. Autry Parker, Dr. Samuel C. Polk III, and Dr. Jay McDonald. They work together to develop the best possible treatment approach to make their patients better, rather than just covering up their issues through medication.

They believe it's about seeing each patient as a whole person. First, the doctors will determine where the pain is coming from and then intervene by creating treatment plans that can include an exercise program through physical therapy, anti-inflammatories, nerve blocks, spinal cord stimulation, and more.

Semmes Murphey has world-renowned physicians with years of experience who work together as a team to determine a patient's problem. Through the in-house care at Semmes Murphey, patients can get all the treatment they need in a world-class facility. 

To learn more about what procedures Semmes Murphey Clinic can offer you:


Watch our interventional pain management video


Dr. Arnautovic Publishes Book on Spinal Tumors

Semmes Murphey's Dr. Kenan Arnautovic has literally written the book on spinal tumors and their surgical treatment. Along with co-editor Dr. Ziya Gokaslan of Brown University, Dr. Arnautovic compiled the best information from neurosurgeons, spine surgeons, and pediatric neurosurgeons from around the country and the globe to provide an in-depth, contemporary review of all aspects of treatment for spinal cord tumors. 

A growing area of research and interest, spinal tumors are relatively rare (less than 15% of all CNS tumors) but have devastating impacts on patients and their quality of life. Difficult to treat because of size, blood supply, and proximity to delicate nerves, Arnautovic discovered that these types of tumors did not have significant existing literature concerning their treatment. Highly experienced in this area, he has created a resource with comprehensive, in-depth information, figures, and even video clips for neurosurgeons at the resident and graduate levels. 

To read more about this publication or to purchase the book, visit Springer's website, here.

To learn more about Dr. Arnautovic and his expertise, click here.


Dr. Adam Arthur the First to Perform Surgery with Alternative Aneurysm Device

Dr. Adam Arthur first met Cornelius Brown three years ago when he performed major surgery to prevent an aneurysm in her brain from rupturing. On January 28th, Dr. Arthur was able to perform surgery again but this time with a new FDA-approved alternative aneurysm device called the WEB, or Woven EndoBridge. It was the first operation in the country to be performed using the new device.

The WEB was developed by Tom Wilder, president and CEO of Sequent Medical Inc., and Dr. Bill Patterson, who asked Dr. Arthur to be the principal investigator on the clinical trials which was a more than 5-year effort to develop the device. The device was finally approved by the FDA September 2018.

Cornelius Brown decided to move forward with the WEB for her second surgery when Dr. Arthur described the small woven basket and it's minimally invasive approach to prevent her aneurysm from rupturing. Dr. Arthur would insert the WEB using a catheter through her groin rather than removing a portion of her skull, allowing for Brown to heal much faster and more comfortably. 

To learn more about this ground-breaking device and Cornelius Brown, read the full article in The Daily Memphian

Photo courtesy of Jim Weber, Daily Memphian


Dr. Arthur Heads Up Clinical Trials for New Aneurysm Device

Semmes Murphey is proud to have Dr. Adam Arthur on our team of excellent neurosurgeons. He was the principal investigator for clinical trials on the WEB Aneurysm Embolization System, a newly FDA approved device that is used to treat a wide range of aneurysms via a woven spherical basket and catheter.

Dr. Arthur was the first neurosurgeon in the U.S. to use the new device which debuted at Methodist University Hospital on Monday, January 28th. Dr. Daniel Hoit and Dr. Lucas Elijovic were also involved in the clinical trials and will go on to treat patients with the new device.

The new device will add a safer, minimally-invasive option to treating aneurysms and also has the potential to cut down on the recovery time, offering patients the ability to go home the same day of surgery as opposed to a multiple-day hospital stay.

Stay tuned for more updates as the device is used in more procedures by our Semmes Murphey physicians.

Additional information and sources from:

The Memphis Business Journal: Pioneering brain treatment makes U.S. debut in Memphis.

MicroVention FDA Approval Press Release



Dr. Jason Weaver Speaks About Patient Care at Semmes Murphey

Dr. Weaver is a neurosurgeon here at Semmes Murphey Clinic. His goal is to provide patients with quick access, correct diagnosis, and safe pain-management whether it be surgery or another conservative method of care. Hear from two grateful patients, Robert and Susan, who both had procedures at the clinic, performed by Dr. Weaver. Robert had a TLIF or minimally invasive spinal surgery, and Susan had ACDF surgery or a disc fusion in the neck. 


Watch how Semmes Murphey Clinic helped these patients get their normal back



Coming Soon! Time Saving Check-In Kiosks

We are excited about the opportunity to provide you with a great new check-in experience. We believe by modernizing the way we do patient intake, we will create a better overall experience for you.

Dear Patients,


We are excited about a new check-in process we are implementing in early 2019. We are introducing the Clearwave kiosk system to further enhance your experience at our office and reduce some of the redundancy that can make the healthcare process frustrating.

When you come for your visit, you will be greeted by a staff member who will help you to sign in on the kiosk. The kiosk will go through a series of questions. You will be asked for your insurance card, as well as your driver’s license.

Upon subsequent visits, you will simply check in at the kiosk with your driver’s license and it will remember you from your last visit. You will easily be able to verify if your information is correct and/or whether you would like to make any changes. Gone is all the redundant paperwork on the clipboard! The kiosk will take care of it for you. Upon completing this simple check-in process, the staff will know you have arrived and will be able to see all of your current information.

The Clearwave kiosk has allowed many offices to reduce their waiting room times substantially and we are excited about being able to do this for our patients. These kiosks will allow us to turn our focus where it belongs: to our patients, instead of on collecting paperwork.

Below, you will find some questions or common misconceptions relating to the kiosk and its implementation. Please take a moment to read them. Many patients have expressed concern over our staff and perhaps the possibility of positions being eliminated. This is not the case at all.

We know that change is sometimes difficult, but this is one instance where the change will allow for greater patient satisfaction and at the same time allow us to run the office more smoothly. We are really happy about this and trust that you will be too.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 901.522.7700. We look forward to your next visit.


Best Regards, 

The Physicians and Staff


Frequently Asked Questions


Why is the new check-in system being implemented?

We believe the mobile pre-check and the kiosks will help us with the following:

  • It will provide a better patient experience
  • It will increase the interaction time we have with patients
  • It will reduce paperwork for everyone - patient and staff
  • It will shorten your waiting room time

What if I do not want to use the kiosk?

One of the great things about the kiosk is that it allows for shorter waiting room times. We think this is a great benefit to you. If you need help with checking in, we are always available to help you.

I like to see and talk to a real person.

We love our patients and want to see and interact with you as well. The new check-in process allows us to focus on you where before we had to focus on getting all your patient information and/or insurance data collected. The Clearwave system will allow us the time and opportunity to provide better service to you.

I am concerned the staff will lose their jobs.

When we first heard about this, we thought that might be the case too. Our jobs are secure. In fact, our jobs have just changed a little bit so that we can truly focus on what is important - you. Because of this system, we are going to be less stressed. We are going to enjoy our work more because the office will run smoother than before. We are excited about these changes, and while change is sometimes difficult, you will find it very beneficial after you check in a few times.

Is my privacy protected?

Absolutely. The system is HIPAA compliant and is in full compliance with all privacy rules and regulations. In fact, your information is fully encrypted allowing us to protect it even more securely than ever before.

Healthcare should be personal, not electronic!

We think so too! Paperwork and the entire insurance process are a necessary part of every patient visit. The kiosks allow us to quickly and easily get the paperwork out of the way so that we can focus on you. It is our goal to provide personalized patient care. Our focus is always on you, our patient, and making the healthcare experience easier and better for you.


We look forward to continuing to make your healthcare experience better.


For more information on how the kiosks will work, visit our Registration Kiosk page.



Congress of Neurological Surgeons Paper of the Year - Pediatrics Section

Thanks in no small part to a collaboration with St. Jude Research Hospital, Dr. Klimo, alongside Semmes Murphey residents Kara Parikh and Garrett Venable, studied the treatment of rare pineoblastoma tumors in adolescent patients. They sought to document outcomes with multimodal therapy and evaluate the impact that the degree of surgical resection has on the outcome.

Pineoblastomas are rare, malignant tumors that account for <1% of all pediatric brain tumors and are more commonly found in young children. Due to the excellence of St. Jude as a center for the research and treatment of childhood diseases, our Semmes Murphey physicians had unique access to a larger group of pineoblastoma patient than they might have elsewhere.

Kara Parikh began this pineoblastoma research four years ago as a medical student working as a summer intern at St. Jude for her assigned mentors, Dr. Boop, and Dr. Klimo. When recounting this experience, she notes that,

“One of many things that made the Semmes Murphey-UTHSC program my number one pick for residency was experiencing the intentional mentorship and guidance I received while working on this research. This project sharpened my interest in and ability to conduct clinically relevant research. It also allowed me to realize the incredible opportunities for training and mentorship from both attendings and residents at a program where I now am privileged to be a resident myself.”

Kara’s role as first author on this project involved literature review, data collection, and manuscript production with her co-authors. Dr. Klimo was the Senior Author and mentor for this project.

Nominated for Paper of the Year by the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, this paper won in the Pediatrics Section.


You can find the full paper in Neurosurgery journals, or read an excerpt here