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  • Scoliosis in Children

    06/18/2014 | TreatmentsOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

    Riley Hospital for Children is helping to bring awareness and better treatment options for this spinal deformity Idiopathic Scoliosis is an abnormal sideward curvature of the spine with no known cause. It affects an estimated 7 million people in the United States, most commonly girls. One out of every six children diagnosed with scoliosis will eventually require active medical treatment. National Scoliosis…

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  • New Hope for Scoliosis Patients

    11/06/2013 | 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…

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  • Playing it Safe with Sports Injuries

    11/04/2013 | 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…

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  • 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…

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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…

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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…

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  • Procedure Promotes Bone Growth And Lengthens A Child’s Shorter Leg

    09/20/2013 | TreatmentsOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

    Donna Morris has one thing to say about the limb-lengthening surgery performed to help equalize the length of her son’s legs. “Nobody says it’s going to be easy, but it’s worth it.” Her son Samuel was born with a condition called fibular hemimelia, which would have caused his right leg to be significantly shorter than his left by adulthood. In April, George Gantsoudes,…

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

    Surgeon Treats Children Whose Limbs Are Uneven

    09/18/2013 | TreatmentsOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

    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…

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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…

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  • Children and Concussions: Know the Facts

    07/09/2012 | TreatmentsOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

    As kids gear up for fall sports, it’s important to know the facts about concussions. While sports-related concussions can’t be prevented, awareness goes a long way in avoiding serious brain injury. Consider these myths: Myth: A concussion is only diagnosed if the person loses consciousness or “blacks out.” Most concussions do not result in loss of consciousness. Concussions…

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