Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Celina OH

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Michael E Ralston
(419) 586-5760
123 Hamilton St
Celina, OH
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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James E Kemmler
(419) 586-5760
123 Hamilton St
Celina, OH
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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David Lee Davis, MD
(419) 657-6094
22488 S Conant Rd
Spencerville, OH
Specialties
Orthopedics, Hand Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 53706
Graduation Year: 1971

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Anne Taylor
(614) 864-6220
5969 E Broad St
# 402, OH
Specialties
Orthopedics

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David B Galluch
(937) 398-1066
30 W Mccreight Ave
Springfield, OH
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Michael Eugene Ralston, MD
(419) 586-5760
123 Hamilton St
Celina, OH
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1974

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James E Kemmler, MD
(419) 586-5760
123 Hamilton St
Celina, OH
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1990

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Robert A Fada, MD
(614) 461-8174
323 E Town St
Columbus, OH
Business
Sports Medicine Grant & Orthopaedic Associate
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Thomas F Bear, MD
(330) 929-9136
437 Portage Trl
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Business
Crystal Clinic Orthopedic Surgery Cuyahoga Fa
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Jay Thomas Strittholt, MD
(712) 255-9400
2903 N State Route 72
Sabina, OH
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
Graduation Year: 1983

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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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