Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Canton GA

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William Converse Stem, MD
(770) 479-8113
100 Medical Ln
Canton, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1972

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Jonathan S Swift, MD
770-479-5535 x354
320 Hospital Rd
Canton, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1951

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Christopher O Jernigan, DMD
(770) 479-8289
125 Oakside Ct Ste 202
Canton, GA
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Craig Michael Chebuhar, MD
(850) 432-3293
50 Medical Ln
Canton, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1990

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Michael D Armond Williams, DDS
(770) 592-5554
130 Cedar Woods Trl
Canton, GA
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Douglas W Clanton
(770) 479-4777
230 Marietta Hwy
Canton, GA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Arthur Stuart Loos, DDS
(678) 632-3440
1353 Riverstone Pkwy Ste 130
Canton, GA
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Jonathan S Swift
(770) 479-5535
320 Hospital Rd
Canton, GA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Alan Rhoades Swayze, MD
(770) 345-3692
50 Medical Ln
Canton, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1993

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Douglas Winfield Clanton, MD
(770) 479-4777
230 Marietta Hwy Ste 100
Canton, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1978

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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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