Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Chesapeake VA

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Richard T Holden, MD
(757) 547-5145
100 Wimbledon Sq
Chesapeake, VA
Business
Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center
Specialties
Orthopedics

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David Glenn Goss, MD
100 Wimbledon Sq
Chesapeake, VA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med, Charlottesville Va 22908
Graduation Year: 1995

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Pat Louis Aulicino
(757) 547-9721
200 Medical Pkwy
Chesapeake, VA
Specialty
Hand Surgery

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Ali Reza Jamali, MD
(757) 547-0855
200 Medical Pkwy
Chesapeake, VA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tabriz Univ, Fac Of Med, (Univ Of Azarabadegan) Tabriz, Iran
Graduation Year: 1968

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Gordon John Iiams
(757) 547-5145
100 Wimbledon Sq
Chesapeake, VA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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David G Goss
(757) 547-5145
100 Wimbledon Sq
Chesapeake, VA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine

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Lawrence R Morales, MD
200 Medical Pkwy
Chesapeake, VA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ De Lausanne, Fac De Med, Lausanne, Switzerland
Graduation Year: 1969
Hospital
Hospital: Chesapeake Gen Hosp, Chesapeake, Va

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Gordon John Iiams, MD
(757) 547-5145
100 Wimbledon Sq
Chesapeake, VA
Specialties
Orthopedics, Hand Surgery
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Eastern Va Med Sch Of The Med Coll Of Hampton Roads, Norfolk Va 23501
Graduation Year: 1982

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Edward William Gold, MD
(757) 547-0302
200 Medical Pkwy
Chesapeake, VA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Auto De Ciudad Juarez, Esc De Med, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua
Graduation Year: 1983

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Kevin Francis Bonner, MD
(757) 490-4802
200 Medical Pkwy Ste 210
Chesapeake, VA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1993

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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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