Dr. Thomas E. Knox has practiced as an orthopaedic surgeon in Mountain Home since 1983. Dr. Knox earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, and completed his internship and residency at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. Dr. Knox is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is an active staff physician at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, as well as a consulting physician at North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in Harrison, Arkansas. He currently holds active medical licenses in Arkansas and Missouri. He has served as Baxter Regional Medical Center's Chief of Surgery and chairman of the hospital's Credentials Committee. He is a Board Certified fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and is a member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) where he has served on the By-Laws Committee.
AANA provides accredited continuing medical education for orthopaedic surgeons and promotes knowledge of arthroscopic surgery to improve diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system. Dr. Knox is certified as a Distinguished Arthroscopy Leader (D.A.L.) by AANA and is among an elite group of physicians who have earned the credentials in the field of arthroscopy and related surgery.
The use of the arthroscope to promote less invasive surgery has been a keen interest for Dr. Knox since he started practice. He has spent many hours in laboratory based learning the latest techniques in approved applications of innovative arthroscopy.
However, he is known for introducing our area of northern Arkansas and southern Missouri to shoulder arthroscopy in 1987. Since that time, it has been a common procedure in Mountain Home, both at Mountain Home Surgery Center and Baxter Regional Hospital. The application of ever-increasing techniques has been ongoing in his practice.
These techniques have evolved over time to include elbow arthroscopy to treat common disorders, such as tennis elbow, without large incisions; wrist arthroscopy to debride triangular fibro cartilage tears; and ankle arthroscopy to debride chondral injuries. Also, he commonly treats carpal tunnel syndrome by arthroscopy release, eliminating the large scar commonly associated with that surgery.
Both originally from Thayer, Missouri, Dr. Knox and his wife, Deborah, whom he married in 1975, reside in Mountain Home. They have two adult children and two grandsons. Dr. Knox and Deborah have been actively involved in the Mountain Home community, supporting many charitable, civic, educational, medical, and cultural causes. Dr. Knox is an avid motorcyclist, photographer, and pilot. The couple enjoys traveling, canoeing, hiking, and spending time with their children and grandchildren.