1504 S.E. 28th

Bentonville, AR 72712

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Mon-Thurs 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Team Up for Winning Patient Care

It’s all in the details. We work with you to make sure everything is in place to give you the best experience from your first appointment to your release from rehab post-surgery. On this page we’ve got a few pointers to help you through this process:

“My involvement with major and minor league sports teams gives me access to cutting edge treatments before they’re available in general orthopedic practices.”

-Dr. Dougherty

Where We Lead

Recognized by his peers as a leader in sports and orthopedic medicine, Dr. Dougherty has been appointed and/or continues to serve in these roles:

  • Director, Northwest Sports Medicine (2008 – to date)
  • Past Compliance and Protocol development for Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and the College of Osteopathic Medicine at KCUMB
  • Past President, Vice-President and Treasurer of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics (AOAO)
  • Board of Directors (2014 to present) Tenjin LLC – Development and sales of orthopedic surgical implants for US and international sales
  • Development of Certificates of Added Qualification development for the AOAO
  • Healthy Policy and Practice Committee, Associate Masters Instructor of Hip Arthroscopy and Shoulder Arthroscopy, Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • Currently serve as an orthopedic consultant for:
    • Arthrex, Depuy/Mitek, Breg, Smith & Nephew
  • Previously served as an Orthopedic consultant for:
    • Invibio/Vitrex, Conmed/Linvatec, Samsung Medical, Ceterix and Trice Medical

Where We Teach

Dougherty works to share with his colleagues the skills and techniques he has learned and developed through teaching in the follow capacities:

  • Arthroscopy – Arthrex – 2012 to present – Assisting US and International Surgeons in Arthroscopic Skill Development through lecture and learning labs as an instructor for the Hip Arthroscopy Instructors Course
  • Physician Leadership Group – Northwest Medical Center Bentonville, Arkansas – 2009 to present – Integration management of orthopedic group service lines for four-hospital system
  • Corporate Sports Medicine Program – Community Health Systems – 2011 to present – Development and curriculum for hospital-based sports medicine program for corporate-wide development throughout 137 hospital systems
  • Curriculum development and instruction for Conmed/Linvatec and Depuy (medical technology companies)

Where We Engage

Podcasts, such as The Ortho Show. Click Here

News stories:

  • KNWA – October 2023 – NWA Cancer Survivor Recovering From First of Its Kind Surgery.  Click Here


  • CitiScapes Magazine – June 2023 – New ACL Surgical Technique Showing Early Benefit to Patients
  • Journal of Orthopaedics & Innovation – September 2022 – For Your Consideration:  Bridge Enhanced ACL Restoration (BEAR): Why, How and When. Click Here
  • Human Movement Science– October 2012 – Shoulder Kinematics During Pitching: Comparing the Slide Step and Traditional Stretch Deliveries. Click Here

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I shower post operatively?

You can shower 2 days after surgery. It is okay for water to run over the incisions, you just can't soak the surgical area until the stitches have been removed. Make sure you dry the surgical area good after your shower.

When can I change my bandages after surgery?

You can change your bandages 2 days after surgery. You do not need to cover with heavy bandages, Band-Aids will be sufficient over the sutures.

How long do I wear the sling after surgery?

This depends on the type of surgery that was performed. If you had a rotator cuff repair or SLAP repair you will be in the sling for 6 weeks. If you had a bicep tenodesis without the rotator cuff repair you will be in the sling for 4 weeks. If the surgery was just a clean-up, you will wear the sling for 2-3 days, only for comfort.

Will pain meds/opioids cause constipation?

Yes, opioids will cause constipation. You will want to purchase an over-the-counter stool softener