Patient stories about Orthopedics

October 29, 2019

UAMS’ Simon Mears Inducted into Prestigious Hip Society

Spencer Watson

Simon Mears, M.D., Ph.D.

Simon Mears, M.D., Ph.D., an orthopaedic surgeon and professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine, has been inducted into The Hip Society, a national organization dedicated to the advancement of knowledge relating to the hip joint. “I am grateful for this tremendous honor…

October 24, 2019

UAMS’ Paul Edwards Chosen as Traveling Fellow

Spencer Watson

Paul Edwards, M.D., with total hip replacement patient Joan Baldridge.

Paul Edwards, M.D., an assistant professor in the UAMS College of Medicine’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, has been selected as one of only four surgeons globally to participate in the Insall Traveling Fellowship, which, for the third year in a row, visited UAMS this month. “This is a great opportunity to both teach and learn,”…

October 23, 2019

Personal Trainer Back to Pain-Free Activity Following Hip Replacement Surgery

Katrina Dupins

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One week after her hip replacement surgery, Jessie Grobmyer found herself back in the gym teaching classes. The personal trainer looked forward to being active in her recovery. “I couldn’t stay cooped up. I had to get back to living life,” she said. Grobmyer has lived an active lifestyle since she was a child. The…

September 16, 2019

Alter G Treadmill Defies Gravity to Help Patients Heal

Katrina Dupins


E-Stem High School Senior Haley Franklin will be at full capacity in time for basketball season following surgery in April to reconstruct a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her knee. “It happened when we were going over plays in practice. I bumped into another person and twisted my knee,” Franklin said. “That was in…

August 6, 2019

DeWitt Teen Finds New Ways to Move After Losing Arm

Katrina Dupins

UAMS hand surgeons Mark Tait, M.D., and John Bracey, M.D. examine Kenlee St. John during a clinic visit.

Mother’s Day 2019 was a terrifying one for Katy Watson of DeWitt. She received a call that her 15-year-old daughter, Kenlee St. John, had been involved in an accident. St. John was riding with a friend in a utility vehicle commonly known as a side-by-side. “We hit uneven ground and it flipped, landing on my…

May 21, 2019

Weeks After Joint Replacement, Tennis Player Dominates Tournament

Katrina Dupins

Michele Perry plays tennis at the Little Rock Athletic Club.

Michèle Perry, 57, is a talented athlete who is happiest when she is moving. From softball to swimming, Perry is not afraid to take on something new. In September 2015, she started playing tennis and discovered she was quite good. The following year, when she noticed pain in her leg while doing certain exercises, she…

April 10, 2019

Football Player Recovers from Cervical Spine Trauma

Katrina Dupins

CJ Johnson visits David Bumpass, M.D. for a follow-up months after surgery.

The Arkansas Tech Wonderboys defeated Southeastern Oklahoma State Oct. 27, 2018, ending a four-game losing streak and marking the first time in 26 years the Wonderboys defeated the Savage Storm on the road. With 46.5 seconds left in the game, the Savage Storm still had a chance to win. They were within scoring range on…

February 21, 2019

Benched Marathoner Returns to Pavement Thanks to UAMS Surgeon

Katrina Dupins

Ted Holder is training for the Boston Marathon in April.

Ted Holder was in his late 50s when he discovered his love for running. Now 65, he says the sport has become a part of his identity. He’s run five marathons, many half marathons and several 10Ks, 5Ks and other races. Holder looks forwards to logging miles and loves the camaraderie of the running community…

December 19, 2018

Santa Gets Back to Work After Wrist Repair at UAMS

Katrina Dupins

James Pruss as Santa Claus listening to Christmas wishes.

For the first time in decades, James Pruss is spending this December making appearances as Santa Claus. Until the Spaghetti with Santa event in North Little Rock on Dec. 2, Pruss says he had forgotten how much he enjoys the gig. “It’s fun to see the looks on the kids’ faces when they see me…

October 25, 2018

New Physical Therapy Intervention Gets Patients Stronger, Faster

Katrina Dupins

Addison Mann,

A new form of physical therapy is helping patients regain strength in less time than its traditional counterpart. UAMS is one of few places in Arkansas offering blood flow restriction therapy. Nick Hargett, D.P.T. works with patients in the outpatient center at UAMS. He believes blood flow restriction therapy will begin to become a more…

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