Physician Profile

Joseph Walker, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, UConn Health
UConn Musculoskeletal Institute

Dr. Joseph Walker is an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurosurgery at UConn Health. He practices primarily in the Comprehensive Spine Center at the UConn Musculoskeletal Institute. Dr. Walker completed a fellowship in pain medicine at Harvard University. He specializes in the diagnosis and non-operative management of disorders of the neck and back, including epidural steroid and axial spine injections, acupuncture, and electrodiagnostic studies.

Office Locations:

Comprehensive Spine Center
UConn Health
Outpatient Pavilion, 3rd Floor West
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-8032

Board Certifications:
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Education and Training:
Undergraduate SchoolJohns Hopkins UniversityBehavioral Biology
Medical SchoolUniversity of Pittsburgh School of MedicineMedicine
InternshipGood Samaritan Hospital of MarylandInternal Medicine
ResidencyHarvard University, Spaulding Rehabilitation HospitalPhysical Med/Rehab
FellowshipHarvard Medical School, Spaulding Hospital Structural Acupuncture for Physicians
FellowshipHarvard University, Spaulding Rehabilitation HospitalPain Medicine
FellowshipMcMaster UniversityContemporary Neurofunctional Acupuncture
Hospital Affiliation:
  • John Dempsey Hospital
Clinical Interests:

He trained in medical acupuncture with internationally recognized experts through Harvard Medical School and is known for his ability to translate integrative medicine techniques into his clinical practice.  He completed his training in medical acupuncture through both Harvard Medical School’s Structural Acupuncture and The McMaster Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Courses.

Research Interests:

Dr. Walker’s main clinical research interest is musculoskeletal rehabilitation and the influence of wellness behaviors, radiculopathy, and lifestyle influences on the development and maintenance of back pain.

Selected Publications:

Peer Reviewed Publications

Pain management via local anesthetics and responsive hydrogels. Bagshaw, Kyle R; Hanenbaum, Curt L; Carbone, Erica J; Lo, Kevin W H; Laurencin, Cato T; Walker, Joseph; Nair, Lakshmi S. (2015). Therapeutic delivery, 2, (6), 165-76.

Nutrition and eating behavior in patients with chronic pain receiving long-term opioid therapy. Meleger, Alec L; Froude, Cameron Kiely; Walker, Joseph. (2014). PM & R : the journal of injury, function, and rehabilitation, 1, (6), 7-12.e1.

The role of intradiscal steroids in the treatment of discogenic low back pain. Muzin, Stefan; Isaac, Zacharia; Walker, Joseph. (2008). Current reviews in musculoskeletal medicine, 2, (1), 103-7.

Discography in practice: a clinical and historical review. Walker, Joseph; El Abd, Omar; Isaac, Zacharia; Muzin, Stefan. (2008). Current reviews in musculoskeletal medicine, 2, (1), 69-83.

When should a cervical collar be used to treat neck pain?. Muzin S, Isaac Z, Walker J, El Abd O, Baima J. (2007). Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med, 2, (1), 114-119.