Our Physicians

Michael C. Craig, M.D.

Spine Rehabilitation Specialist


Dr. Michael Craig is a Knoxville native who came back to practice medicine in his hometown. A graduate of Bearden High School, Dr. Craig obtained his bachelor’s degree with honors of summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. He then pursued his interest in rehabilitation by attending the Ohio State University College of Medicine. Following medical school, Dr. Craig completed residency training in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he served as Chief Resident. He then completed additional subspecialty training in spinal cord injury and spine medicine during a fellowship at the Spain Rehabilitation Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. 

While in Birmingham and in Knoxville as a University of Tennessee Clinical Assistant Professor, Dr. Craig co-authored peer-reviewed research and consumer articles and delivered invited lectures both nationally and regionally. Dr. Craig has repeatedly been recognized by regional physicians in Cityview Magazine's "Top Docs" issue. 

As a physiatrist, Dr. Craig focuses on minimally-invasive and non-surgical treatment of patients with musculoskeletal and neurologic disorders of the spine, pelvis, and upper extremity. He uses ultrasound, laser, and fluoroscopic guidance to perform multiple procedures at Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic and Knoxville Orthopaedic Surgery Center. Dr. Craig has a special interest in the use of radiofrequency neurotomy and thermal nerve ablation utilizing fluoroscopic laser guidance for the treatment of chronic spinal pain. He also performs electrodiagnostic evaluation including electromyography and nerve conduction studies in the diagnosis and treatment of peripheral nerve and spinal nerve disorders. 

Dr. Craig, his wife, two daughters and son are active members in their church. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, gardening, woodworking, and scouting with his children.



Contact Information

Office Info KOC: 865-558-4400
Appointments: 865-558-4444
Office Location

Fort Sanders West
North Knoxville Medical Center Physicians Plaza

Administrative Assistant


865-450-1227 or internal ext 4227

865-450-1259 or internal ext 4259



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What patients say about Dr. Craig

  • Dr. Craig is one of the best. In 2016, he performed an epidural on me to eliminate the severe pain in my back. I was 75 at the time. His procedure has kept me going until today. I am returning for another appointment to see if he will again give me another epidural. I would never allow anyone but Dr. Craig to do this for I truly have great trust in him and God holds his hands.
    – Myrtice, Talbott
  • Thanks to my care at KOC, I can live a more pain free life. I have suffered with cervical spondylosis most of my life. The pain in my neck becomes so excruciating at times that I had actually gotten to a point where thoughts of suicide as the only way out seeped into my mind. I went to doctor after doctor. No one seemed to understand my pain. Muscle relaxers, physical therapy and pain pills, which didn't really help for more than a hour or so at a time, was all I was ever offered. A few years ago Dr. Wallace at KOC referred me to another doctor at the center whose specialty was in treating pain. Dr. Michael Craig and Dr. Bruce Fry immediately seemed to understand my pain and performed a procedure called radiofrequency ablation on my cervical facet nerves which totally eliminated the devastating pain for a period of 10 months. I return for a repeat of the procedure after the pain returns. These doctors not only understood my pain but knew precisely what kind of treatment would help and performed the procedure with the utmost in excellence.
    – Jeri, Sevierville


  • B.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 1993
  • M.D., Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH, 1997


  • Carraway Methodist Medical Center, Birmingham, AL, 1998


  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Alabama Birmingham Medical Center, 2001


  • Spinal Cord Injury and Spine Medicine, University of Alabama Birmingham Medical Center, 2002

Began Practice At KOC

  • 2005

Board Certification

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2002
  • Spinal Cord Injury Medicine, 2002

Professional Distinctions

  • American Medical Association
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Spinal Injury Association

Orthopaedic Specialty

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation