Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Allston MA

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Lawrence Ira Karlin, MD
(617) 355-6021
300 Longwood Ave
Boston, MA
Business
Children's Hospital Boston Orthopaedic Surger
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Diane M English, MD
(617) 254-1247
11 Nevins St Ste 403
Boston, MA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1972
Hospital
Hospital: St Elizabeths Med Ctr, Brighton, Ma

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Lester John Sheehan, MD
(617) 787-2308
11 Nevins St Ste 303
Brighton, MA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1975

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William Francis Garvin, MD
(402) 488-3322
280 Washington St
Brighton, MA
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Boston Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02118
Graduation Year: 1972
Hospital
Hospital: Bryan Mem Hosp, Lincoln, Ne; St Elizabeth Comm Hlth Center, Lincoln, Ne
Group Practice: Nebraska Orthopaedic Assoc

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Anthony John Schena, MD
(617) 779-6502
736 Cambridge St
Brighton, MA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ma Med Sch, Worcester Ma 01655
Graduation Year: 1997

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Brian J Awbrey MD
(617) 726-3808
151 Merrimac St
Boston, MA
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Dr.Diane English
(671) 254-1247
11 Nevins St # 403
Brighton, MA
Gender
F
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1972
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Hospital: St Elizabeths Med Ctr, Brighton, Ma
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
4.4, out of 5 based on 4, reviews.

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Joseph Edward Chase
(617) 779-6501
736 Cambridge St
Boston, MA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

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Joseph Edward Chase, MD
(617) 254-9991
11 Nevins St Ste 202
Boston, MA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: New York Med Coll, Valhalla Ny 10595
Graduation Year: 1993

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Diane M English
(671) 254-1247
11 Nevins St
Brighton, MA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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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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