Patient stories about Orthopedics

October 20, 2020

UAMS Researcher Receives $1.7 Million Grant to Study Bone Health, Exercise Connection

Amy Widner

"Scientists have long understood there is a connection between bone size and strength related to physical activity," said Jinhu Xiong, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the UAMS College of Medicine.

LITTLE ROCK — A researcher at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received a $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how physical activity improves bone health, with possible implications for bone loss from osteoporosis and aging. Jinhu Xiong, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of…

September 10, 2020

Hip Replacement at 30 Spurs New Mom to Adopt Active Lifestyle

Amy Widner

Steadman playing Tennis

When Jessica Steadman of Little Rock was told she’d need a double hip replacement at age 30, it felt like the end of the world. Seven years after surgery, not only is she thriving, but the experience taught her to appreciate and protect her health. Her hip pain came on suddenly in 2012 after the…

September 2, 2020

Famed Author Henry Cloud Chooses UAMS for Knee Replacement

Katrina Dupins

Henry Cloud, Ph.D.

When New York Times Bestselling author Henry Cloud, Ph.D., decided to do something about his knee pain, he turned to UAMS. In addition to writing 45 books and serving as a consultant to CEOs and leadership teams, Cloud has always been physically active. The Los Angeles resident is an avid golfer and enjoys hiking and…

July 13, 2020

Surgeries Resume, Clinics Reopen, Care Remains

Katrina Dupins

OR photo

While all clinics are now open at UAMS and elective surgeries have resumed, patient safety remains the number one priority for health care professionals.  All patients are screened before coming into the office or clinic areas. Health care professionals, patients and staff all wear masks and keep a six-foot distance between themselves whenever possible.  “We’re…

June 2, 2020

Weeks After Major Surgery, Fitness Enthusiast is Back in the Gym

Katrina Dupins

Sandra Tindall

Sandra Tindall loves the group classes at the Ottenheimer Therapy and Fitness Center in the Donald W. Reynold Institute on Aging. On Jan. 28, 2020, Tindall was running late to yoga, one of her favorite classes. “I wasn’t paying attention. I tripped on the fire door seal and hit the floor,” Tindall said. “I landed…

March 10, 2020

Teen Gets Body-Powered Arm at UAMS Amputee Clinic

Spencer Watson

Bryce Cook reaches toward a therapy tool used to help patients learn to use muscle sensors to control a robotic prosthetic.

It was a great day for fishing in May almost two years ago when Bryce Cook, of Arkadelphia, who had just turned 16, headed toward the river on a side-by-side to pursue one of his favorite pastimes. By all accounts – his own, witnesses, subsequent police investigation – he wasn’t going fast when, as the…

December 23, 2019

Benton Woman Trusts UAMS Orthopaedics for Both Knee Replacements

Katrina Dupins

Jackie Dawson

Jackie Dawson is teaching her four grandchildren to enjoy the outdoors. So far, they have learned to hike and bike. The two oldest boys (9 and 11) have also learned to waterski. In spring 2018, Dawson found herself slowing down because the pain in her knees became unbearable. “I understand the benefits and risks of…

December 10, 2019

Orthopaedic Surgeon Mends Friend and Colleague

Katrina Dupins


Orthopaedic surgeon Charles Pearce, M.D. joins a chorus of other happy patients when he says he would have had his knee replacement years ago if he knew how smooth the recovery would be. Pearce had been in pain for decades and learned to live with the discomfort until it became debilitating this year. “I injured…

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,”…

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