When did you know you wanted to be a surgeon? What sealed the deal for you?
In high school I sustained a femur fracture while playing football. The team physician, an orthopedic surgeon, aided me off the field and guided me through the process of evaluating x-rays, determining treatment, and recovering fully. I was left with a sense of admiration and wonder of the specialty and from that moment on I knew I wanted to be an orthopedic surgeon.
What is the one problem you are best at solving for your patients? What would your ideal patients say about you?
I specialize in hip and knee replacement surgery, but I try to address every concern a patient has. Even if I cannot personally assist them, I will get them the help they need. My patients would say that I am caring, passionate, and attentive.
What can we do to help prevent Hip or Knee injury?
Preventing a Hip or Knee injury is best done by maintaining good health with diet, exercise, and weight loss. Low-impact exercises are great for joint health in general, this includes biking, water exercises and an elliptical machine. When starting a new activity or exercise program, be sure to ease into it. Bone density scans should be obtained for women over the age of 65 to evaluate bone quality. This can help prevent hip fractures, which can be difficult injuries to overcome.
If we are starting to feel pain in our Hips or Knees what steps should we take?
If you are starting to feel pain in your Hip or Knee, it is best to begin building rest, activity modification and anti-inflammatory medication into your regular routine. If pain persists for greater than a week, or is severe, patients can contact me to schedule a consultation.
What specific exercises help strengthen the Hip or Knee?
The Hip can be fairly complicated to strengthen, because of the different muscle groups. These groups include the abductors, adductors, flexors and extensors. Patients can use light weights or band focused exercises that target these groups. I will often set-up physical therapy for my patients to learn and practice these exercises.
Knee exercises mainly focus on the knee extensors (quadriceps), and knee flexors (hamstrings). Exercises for these muscles can be done with light weights or using your own body weight, such as wall sits or straight leg raises. As with hips, physical therapy can be beneficial and I facilitate this for my patients quite often.
What made you decide on Martin Orthopedics and Arkansas Surgical Hospital for your practice?
My family and I chose Martin Orthopedics and Arkansas Surgical Hospital because of the excellent reputation of these organizations. Both share my goal of providing the best care to let my patients live their lives to the fullest. Both are recognized for the quality of care they offer and patient satisfaction.
What are you most passionate about professionally? What excites you about your work and the contribution you can make?
I’m passionate about my work, especially about getting people back to enjoying their lives and hobbies with decreased pain and better function. Nothing makes me happier than hearing that my patients are able to spend more quality time with their loved ones.
How can patients schedule a consultation with you?
Patients can schedule a consultation with me by calling Martin Orthopedics directly at 501-975-5633 or Arkansas Surgical Hospital’s referral line at 501-748-8075. Arkansas Surgical Hospital is a physician owned hospital that focuses on exceptional patient experiences and outcomes. Visit MartinOrtho.Care or ArkSurgicalHospital.com to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Nicholas B. Wilson focuses on total hip and total knee joint replacement surgery. He graduated summa cum laude from Ohio State University in Columbus and received his doctorate from the St. Louis University School of Medicine. He completed his orthopedic residency at Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus and an Adult Reconstruction Fellowship at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas in Greenville, South Carolina.
“I’m passionate about my work, especially getting people back to enjoying their lives with decreased pain and better function,” Dr. Wilson says. “Nothing makes me happier than hearing grandparents telling stories of spending more time with their grandchildren.”
Dr. Wilson’s research includes work on pain control in total knee arthroplasty. In 2017, he researched the biomechanics of guided growth plates at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. In medical school, he helped found the Cardinal’s Reminiscence League to provide therapy for patients with mild to moderate dementia.
Dr. Wilson and the Martin Orthodepic Team provide sports medicine services for Central Arkansas Christian, Little Rock Christian and Sylvan Hills.
(501) 406-7640 | www.MartinOrtho.care
(501) 748-8000 | www.arksurgicalhospital.com