orthopedics Articles

Back Pain Basics

10/21/2013 | TreatmentsOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

If your child complains about back pain, it may not be for the same reasons you experience it. Sometimes, back pain may be a sign of a serious problem, especially in children younger than 10 years. However, most back pain is not serious and will resolve without treatment. About half of all children and adolescents experience some sort of back pain by the time they are adults. Your child might feel it anywhere in the back and describe it as sharp and shooting, burning or aching. The most common cause…

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Playing it Safe with Sports Injuries

10/16/2013 | TreatmentsOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are more than 3.5 million sports-related injuries every year in children under 15. Sports and recreational activities contribute to nearly 20 percent of all traumatic brain injuries among American children. While most injuries heal, some can have lasting effects. As a parent, here’s what you need to know about preventing and treating sports injuries. Types of Sports Injuries Acute injuries occur in a single sudden twist, fall or collision.…

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New Hope for Scoliosis Patients

10/08/2013 | TreatmentsOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

When it comes to scoliosis, the abnormal, side-to-side curvature of the spine, early detection is key to achieving the best possible outcome. Rarely, scoliosis occurs in children under three years of age, when it is called infantile, or early onset, scoliosis. Signs of early onset scoliosis include asymmetry in the shoulders and back, or one side of the back protruding as the child bends forward. Left untreated, this condition can be debilitating and even life-threatening, as the twisting spine puts…

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Surgeon Treats Children Whose Limbs Are Uneven

09/18/2013 | TreatmentsOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Samuel Morris just had his eighth birthday. His right leg was recently lengthened in a surgery performed by Dr. George Gantsoudes.

Soon after eight-year-old Samuel Morris was born with a condition called fibular hemimelia, his family was encouraged to consider amputation of his right leg, which was shorter than his left and not expected to grow proportionally. “We didn’t think that was a good option if something else could be done for Samuel,” says his mother Donna Morris. Although many families choose that difficult option, Samuel’s parents ignored the advice and continued searching for doctors who understood…

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Swimming Your Way to Fitness and Health

06/27/2013 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

A dip in the pool isn't just a great way to cool off on a hot summer day; water exercise is also one of the best activities for toning your body and improving cardiovascular health, according to Steve Krzyminski, a sports performance specialist and certified fitness coach for Indiana University Health Sports Performance. In fact, water workouts are so beneficial that they are frequently included in training routines for many college athletes, especially on recovery days. Water exercise uses multiple…

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Complex Care for Unexpected Childhood Injuries

06/13/2013 | TreatmentsOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

When it comes to unexpected childhood injuries, Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health provides the highest level of care available. That’s what 11-year-old Kaleigh Newlin learned after an afternoon of sledding in January 2011, with her dad and brother ended with a broken tibia and fibula, the two long bones of the calf. X-rays showed a severe break, one an orthopedic surgeon at their local hospital in Hutsonville, Ill., said needed specialty care. He referred them to Riley…

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Teamwork and a Myoelectric Limb Help Trauma Patient Recover

05/30/2013 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

When 26-year-old Garet Sencaj lost his left hand in an industrial farming accident last fall, doctors initially hoped they could give him a functional recovery by repairing the hand before reattaching it. Over a period of months, it became obvious that his replanted hand had been too severely damaged by the accident to ever function normally.  Sencaj and his doctor, Greg Merrell, MD, weren’t willing to settle for that result. “His case was somewhat unusual in that his function and…

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The latest medical approach to trauma care

05/23/2013 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

If you were unlucky enough to have multiple traumatic injuries more than a decade ago, you might be subjected to a full day of surgery immediately after admission to a hospital. Surgeons would repair everything from soft tissue injuries to broken bones, all while dealing with a serious head injury. It was known as “early total care.” Since then, trauma care has shifted to a more nuanced approach, according to Anthony Sorkin, MD, an orthopedic trauma surgeon at Indiana University Health…

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Manage Arthritis and Get Back to Living

04/24/2013 | Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Every year, the Arthritis Walk helps to raise necessary funds to help continue the Arthritis Foundation’s search to find a cure along with continuing arthritis research, education and programs to help improve the lives of those who suffer. In addition, the Arthritis Walk celebrates those who are making a positive impact on the lives of people living with arthritis, while raising awareness for this debilitating disease. One of those making a positive impact is Dr. Michael Meneghini, orthopedic…

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Sports Medicine


Athletes aren’t the only people that sustain sports related injuries. Whether experiencing a rollerblading fall, a torn ACL or a trampoline mishap, a sports medicine doctor can design a treatment and recovery plan to return the patient to full function. What is sports medicine? This branch of medicine deals with physical fitness, treatment and prevention of injuries related to sports and exercise. Sports medicine physicians and physical therapists typically team up to provide treatment and…

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