Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Castle Rock CO

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Peter Andrew Gehret, MD
(720) 974-5200
59 Glenalla Pl
Castle Rock, CO
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1969

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Jeffrey Allen Jacoby, MD
(330) 256-3455
Castle Rock, CO
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 1995

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Jeffrey L Collins, DDS
(303) 841-5500
19700 E Parker Square Dr Ste PO
Parker, CO
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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James Ronald Trompeter, DDS
(720) 841-2262
19700 E Parker Square Drive PO Box 727
Parker, CO
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Dr.David Oster
(303) 214-4500
11960 Lioness Way # 270
Parker, CO
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1984
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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4.8, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Andrew Joseph Dunbar, DDS
(303) 688-3837
363 Village Square Ln # 155
Castle Rock, CO
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Roger L Bumgarner, DDS
(303) 688-9617
2 Oakwood Park Plz
Castle Rock, CO
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Cassady Barr Wiggins, DMD
(303) 805-7111
17021 Lincoln Ave Unit A
Parker, CO
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Roger Bruce Elton, DDS
(720) 364-6433
10522 S Parker Rd
Parker, CO
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Charles Wilmer Hasstedt, DDS
(303) 841-0284
PO Box 909 Ste 4
Parker, CO
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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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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