Dr. Joel Smith, MD

Orthopedic Sports Medicine  |  
Male  |  
Age 37
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Dr. Joel Smith, MD
Dr. Smith is a native Arkansan who grew up in Northwest Arkansas. Dr. Smith received his bachelor's degree from the University of Central Arkansas and went on to earn his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2006. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center in OK in 2011. During his chief year in residency, he was awarded the Outstanding Specialty Resident of the Year by the OU Trauma Center. He continued his training and completed his sports medicine fellowship at Tahoe Orthopedics and Sports Medicine where he worked with team physicians for the U.S.A. Alpine Ski team and athletes during training events. Dr. Smith specializes in Orthopedic Surgery, and particularly Sports Medicine. Dr. Smith is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Smith's passion is helping to improve the quality of life for his patients. He utilizes non-surgical and surgical treatments to help his patients achieve their goals. He specializes in arthroscopic surgery for the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, and ankle. He also does joint replacement surgery for the knee and shoulder, including total and partial knee replacement, as well as total shoulder and reverse total shoulder replacement. Dr. Smith is very grateful to be acknowledge by local AY Magazine as one of Central Arkansas' Best of the Best Orthopedic Surgeons in 2017. Aside from practicing medicine, you will find Dr. Smith outdoors enjoying spare time with his wife, Jennifer, and three children. He is an avid golfer and enjoys a variety of sports including baseball, basketball, and football. He and his family enjoy exploring all that central Arkansas has to offer.

5320 W Markham St

Little Rock, AR 72205

Contact Information

(501) 975-5633

Dr. Joel Smith, MD

Dr. Joel Smith, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Ambetter
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Delta Health System
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Group Health Cooperative
  • HealthFirst
  • Humana
  • Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
  • 2 More

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Shoulder Disorders
very high
more than 98% of peers
Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
very high
more than 98% of peers
Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
very high
more than 97% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Smith "My goal as an orthopedic surgeon is to include the patient in the decision making process from top to bottom.  I am conservative with surgery and only recommend it as a last resort or if its the best possible option for you.  I feel that the break down in health care is a lack of patient communication and expectations.  I try my best to make sure the patient understands all options and possible outcomes/expectations when committing to a treatment plan."

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Specialties

  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Bone & Joint Non-Surgical Orthopedics
  • Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
  • Joint Replacement Orthopedic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Non-Surgical Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Arthroscopy
  • Orthopedic Knee Surgery
  • Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine Orthopedic Joint Reconstruction
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Board Certifications

Dr. Smith does not have any board certifications listed.

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Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Ankle and Foot Instability or Derangement
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Torticollis
  • Trigger Finger

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Procedures

  • ACL Surgery
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Ankle Arthroscopy
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • De Quervain's Release
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Excision of Femur or Knee
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Excision of Tarsal or Metatarsal
  • Excision of Tibia or Fibula
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Revision of Shoulder or Elbow Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

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Background Check

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • University Of Central Arkansas
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • Univ Of Ar Coll Of Med
    Medical School | Graduated 2006
  • University Of Arkansas For Medical Sciences
    Medical School | Graduated 2006
  • University Of Oklahoma / Health Sciences Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2011
  • Tahoe Fracture and Ortho Clin Sports Med
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2012

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors

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Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Smith's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Smith to family and friends
5.0
based on 10 total reviews (4 with comments)
Dr. Smith's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (4)
in Sherwood, AR |
Dr. Smith is an amazing doctor. He really listens to his patients and their concerns. After talking to him for a few minutes, you'll feel you're talking to a friend and not an orthopedic surgeon. He cares so much about his patients and their health and it really shows. I've had two knee surgeries by Dr. Smith this year. They've been tough to get through but this dr has been incredibly supportive and I don't think I could've done it without him. I will never be able to thank him enough.
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He made me feel very comfortable very nice and easy to talk to !! He even did a great surgery on my shoulder
Dr. Smith is an amazing surgeon and has great bedside manner. My daughter dislocated her knee, he tried methods other than surgery. When the surgery had to be done he personally called us and described what needed to be done.
in Little Rock, AR |
When I went to see Dr. Smith, he was knowledgeable about my injury. He gave me great advice and made sure I was active in the decision being made about my healing process. He cares about the way you heal and ensures you get the right amount of time to recover.
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