Rotator Cuff Tears

Mary Atkinson Smith – W. Todd Smith
Orthopaedic Nursing, the journal of the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses, published an article authored by Mary A. Smith, FNP-BC and co-authored by W. Todd Smith, M.D. in the September/October 2010 issue. The article is titled “Rotator Cuff Tears: An Overview”. The purpose of the article is to further educate and enhance the knowledge base of clinicians practicing in the specialty of orthopaedics on the topic of rotator cuff tears among today’s patient population. The authors are both providers at Starkville Orthopedic Clinic. Click on the link below to view the full article.

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Using the Internet as a Source of Medical Information

Mary A. Smith, CNP
As a nurse practitioner, I encourage my patients to become more knowledgeable of their medical condition. I am a big supporter of patient education. The more a patient knows about their medical condition and their treatment options, the more likely they are to play a proactive role in the self-management of their treatment plan. Research has shown this to lead to more positive patient outcomes and greater patient satisfaction. Studies have shown that, on average, patients forget almost half of the information their provider discussed with them within five minutes of leaving the exam room. Many patients will turn to the internet to find more information regarding their medical condition once they leave their provider’s office. I encourage patients to use the internet as a source of gaining more insight regarding their medical condition but they need to make sure the information they access is coming from a reliable and trustworthy site. Our website lists links to recommended sources of orthopedic related patient education. These links maybe found here on this website under the Resources tab. I also recommend patients use the following sites to obtain up-to-date and more accurate information: (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) (National Institutes of Health)

Patients may also find the Health on the Net Foundation (HON) link below to be helpful. The HON was created in 1995 and is a non-profit, non-governmental organization whose purpose is to guide patients in ¬their selection of online medical information that is useful and reliable.

Smith Earns Honor

Congratulations to Dr. W. Todd Smith. He has been chosen to the Council of Delegates for the AOSSM (American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine. This organization is involved in the prevention, treatment and evidence based research in sports related injuries. This appointment is for a two year term. For more information visit the link,

What’s New at SOC

Starkville Orthopedic Clinic congratulates W. Todd Smith, M.D. upon successful board certification in the subspecialty field of Orthopedic Sports Medicine. This subspecialty certification in addition to general orthopedic board certification recognizes a commitment to the treatment of sports related injuries in the Golden Triangle.

Dr. Smith is a member of AOSSM (American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine) and AANA (Arthroscopy Association of North America), which are professional organizations committed to the care, prevention and treatment of sports injuries at the recreational, high school, collegiate and professional level.

Starkville Orthopedic Clinic would also like to congratulate Mary Smith, CFNP on her appointment to the Northeast Mississippi Area Health Education Center (NE MS AHEC) Advisory Board. The NE MS AHEC is located in the Social Science Research Center at Mississippi State University in Starkville.

AHEC’s were developed to address the shortage of health professionals. There are more than 200 regional AHEC’s in operation for most states. AHEC’s educate the youth of our communities on healthcare career opportunities, as well as connecting professionals with our communities which leads to better community health. The counties served in Mississippi include: Alcorn, Benton, Chickasaw, Clay, Itawamba, Lee, Lowndes, Monroe, Oktibbeha, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Tishamingo, Tippah, and Union.

Again, congratulations to Dr. Todd Smith and Mary Smith, CFNP on your outstanding success and commitment to the health of our communities.