Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Cedar Falls IA

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Robert N Spencer, DDS
(319) 277-7121
PO Box 505
Cedar Falls, IA
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Jeffrey Alan Clark
(319) 273-5275
2351 Hudson Road
Cedar Falls, IA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Michael G Crall, DDS
(319) 266-4029
1504 Main St
Cedar Falls, IA
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Jim Eldon Crouse
(319) 833-5922
1753 W Ridgeway Ave
Waterloo, IA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Jay Paul Ginther, MD
(319) 833-5924
1753 W Ridgeway Ave Ste 103
Waterloo, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Columbia Univ Coll Of Physicians And Surgeons, New York Ny 10032
Graduation Year: 1972
Hospital
Hospital: Sartori Mem Hosp, Cedar Falls, Ia; Waverly Municipal Hosp, Waverly, Ia; Covenant Med Ctr, Waterloo, Ia; Allen Mem Hosp, Waterloo, Ia
Group Practice: Cedar Valley Medical Specialst

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David W Zwanziger, DDS
(319) 277-6976
516 S Division St
Cedar Falls, IA
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Jeffery Alan Clark, DO
(319) 235-3571
Cedar Falls, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Des Moines Univ, Coll Osteo Med & Surg, Des Moines Ia 50312
Graduation Year: 1995

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Roswell M Johnston, DO
(319) 833-5922
1753 W Ridgeway Ave Ste 103B
Waterloo, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Hlth Sci, Coll Of Osteo Med, Kansas City Mo 64124
Graduation Year: 1978

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Roswell Maccallum Johnston
(319) 833-5922
1753 W Ridgeway
Waterloo, IA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Jim Eldon Crouse, MD
(319) 833-5922
1753 W Ridgeway Ave Ste 103B
Waterloo, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1974

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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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