Doctor’s arrival said to fill Tri-state void in orthopedic treatment
BULLHEAD CITY — Tri-state residents have a new provider for treatment of orthopedic disease and injuries.
Dr. Smith Meads is accepting new patients at Western Arizona Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, focusing on injuries and diseases of the body’s musculoskeletal system of bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves.
Meads played football in his youth and suffered various injuries, such as a bone fracture in his arm and sprained ankles.
Obtaining care for these injuries caused him to become interested in this aspect of medical care, Meads said.
That his father is a physical therapist specialist fueled his long-time interest in such health problems, he said.
“I was fascinated by orthopedics,” said Meads. “And I wanted to go to medical school.”
Meads will be repairing hip fractures, performing knee, hip and shoulder replacements, doing arthroscopic work on knees and shoulders, repairing ACL and MCL, and troubleshooting carpal tunnel syndrome.
Though this is a community with a higher-than-average number of older residents, Meads said he expects people of all ages to enter his office requiring care.
He also will respond to the orthopedic needs of patients who come to WARMC’s emergency room because of falls, vehicle accidents or if an orthopedic-related problem otherwise presents itself, Meads said.
His arrival helps fill a community need for this type of specialist that has existed for a long time, said Jena Morga, WARMC’s director of marketing.
“It will mean fewer transports to Vegas and Phoenix for these types of problems,” she said.
Meads spoke to members of WARMC’s Senior Circle recently about joint replacement. While such surgeries help put the patient’s body in a better circumstance, rehabilitation is key to regaining the ability to move and be active, Meads said.
“More Baby Boomers are needing hip and knee replacements,” he said.
The hospital also holds workshops for people who require hip and knee replacements to help them better understand the procedure they are about to undergo.
Meads ended his orthopedic surgery residency at Millcreek Community Hospital in Erie, Pa., in June and arrived in Bullhead City on Aug. 1.
Before completing his residency, Meads worked as an EMT at Jordan Valley Medical Center in Fresno, Calif., and previously worked as a physical therapy aide.
The doctor also is a captain in the U.S. Army Reserves Medical Corps and enjoys sports. Hiking, water skiing and snow skiing are his preferred outdoor activities.
Warm winters in the Tri-state are going to be a welcome occurrence for the Meads from now on.
“Erie had almost 200 inches of snow last winter,” he said. “There it’s so cold.”
He spent two years on a mission in Paraguay as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is fluent in Spanish, and was an Eagle Scout.
Meads and his wife, Ashlee, have three young children.
His practice is at Fox Creek Medical Plaza. Call 928-444-1491 for details or an appointment.