Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Centerville UT

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Hugh S West Jr., MD
(801) 314-4900
5848 S 300 E
Murray, UT
Business
Intermountain Orthopaedic Specialty Group
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Michael Muir Hess, MD
(801) 292-7288
1551 Renaissance Towne Dr Ste 400
Bountiful, UT
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut 84132
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: Lakeview Hospital, Bountiful, Ut
Group Practice: Bountiful Orthopedic & Sports

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Gordon William Affleck, MD
(801) 292-7288
1551 Renaissance Towne Dr Ste 400
Bountiful, UT
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut 84132
Graduation Year: 1966

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John C Edwards
(801) 295-7200
1551 Renaissance Towne Dr
Bountiful, UT
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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G Rodney Heath, DDS
(801) 295-5577
415 Medical Dr Ste A200
Bountiful, UT
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Grant S Bailey, DDS
(801) 292-1222
1080 S 400 E PO Box 219
Centerville, UT
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Steven B Huish, MD
(801) 295-7200
1551 Renaissance Towne Dr Ste 400
Bountiful, UT
Specialties
Orthopedics, Hand Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Syracuse, Coll Of Med, Syracuse Ny 13210
Graduation Year: 1994

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R Pepper Murray, MD
(801) 295-7200
1551 Renaissance Towne Dr Ste 400
Bountiful, UT
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1986

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R Pepper Murray
(801) 295-7200
1551 Renaissance Towne Dr
Bountiful, UT
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Micheal M Hess
(801) 295-7200
1551 Renaissance Towne Dr
Bountiful, UT
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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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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