Patient testimonial: Alexandra Mills on Dr. James “Jimmy” Tucker

Alexandra Mills has been a patient of Dr. Tucker’s since 2004, undergoing numerous sports injury surgeries and getting back to life.

Alexandra first visited with Dr. Tucker on the recommendation of her father, who was a sports injury patient himself. Since her first visit in 2004, she has had three shoulder surgeries, as well as other injuries that Dr. Tucker has treated or referred to other colleagues.

“I have recommended Dr. Tucker to anyone who has expressed to me an injury they have sustained,” Mills says. “Jana, Dr. Tucker’s clinical assistant, has always been personable and takes time to talk to me about any results or issues I may be having.”

At age 19, Mills had her third shoulder surgery with Dr. Tucker. She says her insurance pre-approved the surgery, but after the procedure, she was dropped for no longer meeting the schooling requirements. Even though she had secondary insurance, the facility where the surgery had taken place would not accept it.

“Dr. Tucker went above and beyond and helped me with the amount I owed for the procedure,” she says. “He continues to ask about my family and other areas of my life when I am there. It’s always well worth the wait to see him!”

Dr. Tucker has been an active leader in sports medicine in Arkansas for more than 15 years. He serves on the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee for Arkansas Athletic Association, and he is the only Arkansas member of the International Hip Arthroscopy Association. He has completed board certification in sports medicine. He serves as clinical faculty for the UAMS Department of Orthopaedics, where he teaches resident orthopaedic surgeons everything from the latest surgical techniques to good, old-fashioned care and compassion for athletes of all ages. Dr. Tucker has advanced training in arthroscopy of the shoulder, hip and knee. Patients describe Dr. Tucker as going above and beyond to see that they get back to their top performance and stay healthy.