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Douglas Newton Calhoun, MD
(901) 759-3275
425 W 3rd Ave
Albany, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1999

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Paul Anton Michas, MD
(229) 883-4707
2002 Palmyra Rd Ste 100
Albany, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Finch U Of Hs/Chicago Med Sch, North Chicago Il 60664
Graduation Year: 1992

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Robert Sumner Pilcher, MD
(229) 446-1990
2100 Palmyra Rd
Albany, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1988

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Bennett Dixon Cotten Jr, MD
(229) 889-0018
PO Box 70969
Albany, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics, General Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1979
Hospital
Hospital: Phoebe Putney Mem Hosp, Albany, Ga
Group Practice: Southwest Georgia Orthopedic

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Dallas H Margeson, DMD
(229) 434-0013
2402 Westgate Dr
Albany, GA
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Thomas M Darden Jr, MD
(229) 883-4707
2002 Palmyra Rd Ste 100
Albany, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: E Tn State Univ J H Quillen Coll Of Med, Johnson City Tn 37614
Graduation Year: 1987

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Charles Braselton Gillespie, MD
(229) 883-2238
2100 Palmyra Rd
Albany, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1961

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Phillip David Hajek, MD
229-435-0525 x 215
PO Box 71367
Albany, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tx A & M Univ Coll Of Med, College Station Tx 77843
Graduation Year: 1987

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Anna S Veilands, DDS
(229) 883-7793
408 N Westover Blvd
Albany, GA
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Atwood M Freeman Jr, MD
(229) 889-0018
2709 Meredyth Dr
Albany, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1950
Hospital
Hospital: Palmyra Med Ctr, Albany, Ga; Tift Reg Med Ctr, Tifton, Ga

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Hip Pain Info - Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease

In order to understand Legg-Calve-Perthes disease it is important to understand the anatomy and function of the hip. Please read Hip Pain Info's section on the anatomy of the hip .

The hip joint is a ball and socket joint. The ball is formed by the top of the thigh bone (the femur) and is called the "head" of the femur. The socket is formed by the bones of the pelvis and is called the acetabulum.

Articular cartilage is a smooth shiny coating that covers the head of the femur and the acetabulum. Articular cartilage allows the head of the femur to move easily inside the acetabulum.

In Legg-Calve-Perthes disease there is an interruption of the blood supply to the growing head of the femur (also called the capital femoral epiphysis). Without blood, the bone that forms the head of the femur can not get the nutrients that it needs. The bone is damaged and areas of the growing head of the femur die. Eventually the blood supply to the growing head of the femur returns and the bone regenerates.

Unfortunately, in some cases of Legg-Calve-Perthes disease the growing head of the femur can lose its strength and can change its shape. When this happens there is increased stress on some areas of the head of the femur and the articular cartilage that covers it. Over a number of years this increased stress can lead to early osteoarthritis of the hip .

It is not clear what causes the blood supply to the growing head of the femur to be interrupted. Legg-Calve-Perthes disease occurs in children (most often between the ages of 5 and 10) and it is far more common in boys than in girls.

The treatment of Legg-Calve-Perthes disease depends on its severity. Most types of treatment work best when Legg-Calve-Perthes disease is detected early. Once it is detected, specialists that treat children with Legg-Calve-Perthes disease can plan out a treatment program.

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