Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Altoona PA

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Jack F Rocco
(814) 949-4050
1505 9th Ave
Altoona, PA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Angela Wai-Chung Rowe, DO
(814) 942-1166
3000 Fairway Dr
Altoona, PA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Chicago Coll Of Osteo Med, Midwestern Univ, Chicago Il 60615
Graduation Year: 1994

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Angela W Rowe
(814) 942-1166
3000 Fairway Dr
Altoona, PA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Jack Frank Rocco, MD
(814) 949-4050
2525 9th Ave Ste 2B
Altoona, PA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19140
Graduation Year: 1992

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Robert J Singer
(814) 942-1166
3000 Fairway Dr
Altoona, PA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Michael C Saltzburg, DO
(814) 946-3336
615 Howard Ave
Altoona, PA
Specialties
Orthopedics, Pain Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Philadelphia Coll Of Osteo Med, Philadelphia Pa 19131
Graduation Year: 1977

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William Andrew Tyndall
(814) 949-4050
1505 9th Ave
Altoona, PA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Joshua Port
(814) 942-1166
3000 Fairway Dr
Altoona, PA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Charles Harvey, DO
(814) 942-1166
3000 Fairway Dr
Altoona, PA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Philadelphia Coll Of Osteo Med, Philadelphia Pa 19131
Graduation Year: 1986

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Gregory John Fulchiero, MD
(814) 942-1166
3000 Fairway Dr
Altoona, PA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Hahnemann Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19102
Graduation Year: 1970
Hospital
Hospital: Bon Secours Holy Family Health, Altoona, Pa
Group Practice: Blair Orthopaedic Spec

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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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