Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Bennington VT

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Robert Stuart Block, MD
(802) 442-6314
332 Dewey St Ste 1
Bennington, VT
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Syracuse, Coll Of Med, Syracuse Ny 13210
Graduation Year: 1972
Hospital
Hospital: Southwestern Vermont Med Ctr, Bennington, Vt
Group Practice: Orthopedic & Hand Surgery

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Daniel S Robbins, MD
(802) 442-6314
332 Dewey St
Bennington, VT
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Howard Univ Coll Of Med, Washington Dc 20059
Graduation Year: 1982

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Robert S Block
(802) 442-6314
332 Dewey St
Bennington, VT
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Daniel E Robbins
(802) 442-6314
322 Dewey St
Bennington, VT
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Kuhrt Wieneke Jr, MD
(413) 664-4301
900 State Rd
North Adams, MA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Cornell Univ Med Coll, New York Ny 10021
Graduation Year: 1963

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William Francis Ketterer, MD
(802) 442-6314
332 Dewey St
Bennington, VT
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1972
Hospital
Hospital: Southwestern Vermont Med Ctr, Bennington, Vt
Group Practice: Orthopedic & Hand Surgery

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William F Ketterer
(802) 442-6314
332 Dewey St
Bennington, VT
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Matthew J Nofziger
(802) 442-6314
332 Dewey St
Bennington, VT
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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James R Parkinson, MD
(413) 458-8115
227 Adams Rd
Williamstown, MA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Rochester Sch Of Med & Dentistry, Rochester Ny 14642
Graduation Year: 1978

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Eric Shaw White, MD
(413) 664-6111
77 Hospital Ave Ste 107
North Adams, MA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1967

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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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