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Sean Kendall Doyle, DMD
(615) 865-9400
105 Powell Ct
Brentwood, TN
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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George William Davis, MD
(615) 668-2812
5709 Hearthstone Ln
Brentwood, TN
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1957
Hospital
Hospital: Centennial Med Ctr -Park, Nashville, Tn

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Michael James Mc Namara, MD
(615) 790-3290
Nashville, TN
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1983

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Elisha R Richardson, DDS
(615) 327-6207
PO Box 33A
Nashville, TN
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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James R Hendricks, DDS
(615) 373-9889
Franklin, TN
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Gerald F Ritter, DDS
(615) 373-2025
343 Franklin Rd Ste 104
Brentwood, TN
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Roy J Renfro Jr, MD
(615) 373-1779
1112 Overton Lea Rd
Nashville, TN
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1984

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Chris Tom Stark, MD
(615) 790-3290
Nashville, TN
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi, Milwaukee Wi 53226
Graduation Year: 1989
Hospital
Hospital: Horizon Med Ctr, Dickson, Tn
Group Practice: Bone & Joint Clinic

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James Leo Ferguson, DDS
(615) 794-0698
100 Covey Dr Ste 301
Franklin, TN
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Jeffrey Wade Cook, MD
(615) 771-1116
3310 Aspen Grove Dr Ste 102
Franklin, TN
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1987

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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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