Tri-State Orthopaedics has been serving Evansville, Indiana residents since 1949. With new advancements and technologies, much has changed in the past sixty-nine years; however, one principle still remains — the desire to make a positive impact on people’s lives. It is this principle that local residents have come to know and love, and as a result, Tri-State Orthopaedics has grown into the largest orthopaedic practice of its kind in the Evansville area.


“Tri-State Orthopaedics: Convenience is Key”

We all look forward to “kicking our shoes off” in the summertime. We can close our eyes and imagine the sun rising over the water, and the warm breeze on our toes. Ladies run around in their cute sandals and men in their flip flops. We all long for the freedom of childhood but sometimes we forget “the rest of the story.”
““Summertime Blues” – Common Summertime Foot Injuries”

Spinal deformity is the presence of an abnormal curvature of the spine. This may present as either an “S” shaped curve noticeable from behind the patient or a “C” shaped curvature noticeable from the side of the patient, sometimes referred to as a “roundback” deformity or “hump.”

Scoliosis

Scoliosis is the S-Shaped curvature seen from a person’s back. It is sometimes associated with a tilted shoulder or prominent shoulder blade or rib hump. It is most commonly seen in adolescent females, around the pubertal growth spurt (age 10-14). The problem is that the condition is usually painless in its early phase and is not visibly detectable, so it eludes diagnosis. That is why it must be screened at either school, the pediatrician’s, or family doctor’s office. If undetected, the spinal curvature may progress to surgical proportions, disallowing any other treatment options.


“Spinal Deformity: Young and Not-So-Young”

This is a surprisingly common refrain from parents of young female athletes, particularly soccer and basketball players. Are these girls really more likely than boys to tear their ACL? It turns out the answer is yes. The two obvious follow-up questions are: 1) Why?  2) Is there anything we can do about it?

The ACL or anterior cruciate ligament is a band of tissue that connects the femur (thigh bone) to the tibia (shin bone). When the ACL is torn, it is unable to heal on its own, leaving the knee unstable. If left untreated, many athletes will have knee problems right away. Many others will develop problems over time.
“OH NO! MY DAUGHTER TORE HER ACL!”