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Richard Gary Rozier, DDS
(919) 966-7388
910 Coker Dr
Chapel Hill, NC
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Christopher V Bensen, MD
(919) 843-4683
CB 7055 3rd Fl Bioinformatics Bldg,
Chapel Hill, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1995

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Mark R McGinnis, MD
(828) 322-5172
30078 Britt
Chapel Hill, NC
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wv Univ Sch Of Med, Morgantown Wv 26506
Graduation Year: 1984

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Robert A Creighton, MD
(919) 966-9066
School of Medicine CB 7055 236 Burnett-Womack Bldg,
Chapel Hill, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1998

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Frank Crane Wilson, MD
(919) 962-0405
CB 7055 Rm 3141,
Chapel Hill, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1954

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David B Gilbert, DDS
(919) 403-0790
3518 Westgate Dr Ste 405
Chapel Hill, NC
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Joshua Moss, MD
(919) 966-9071
School of Medicine CB 7055 236 Burnett-Womack Bldg,
Chapel Hill, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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David Gregory Brooks, DDS
(910) 892-1054
1802 W Cumberland St
Chapel Hill, NC
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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William Robert Proffit, DDS
(919) 966-4428
University Of Nc Unc Sch Of Dentistry
Chapel Hill, NC
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Charles Alvin Hanson, MD
(919) 966-9066
School of Medicine CB 7055 236 Burnett-Womack Bldg,
Chapel Hill, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1964

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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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