Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Crestwood KY

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Trevor K Taylor, DDS
Crestwood, KY
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Darrell B Casada, DMD
(502) 896-4104
4122 Shelbyville Rd Ste 105
Pewee Valley, KY
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Frank P Castro
(502) 245-5767
12307 Old Lagrange Road
Louisville, KY
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Shari Lynn Rosenberg, MD
(260) 486-4997
Louisville, KY
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 1987

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James Steven Zeh, DMD
(502) 339-9228
9844 Linn Station Rd
Louisville, KY
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Jodi L Koford, DDS
(502) 326-0001
9494 Brownsboro Rd
Crestwood, KY
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Arnold Abraham Yashar, MD
(502) 367-1744
1023 New Moody Ln Ste 100
La Grange, KY
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1990

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Eugene E Jacob
(502) 222-0598
1023 New Moody Ln
Lagrange, KY
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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John C Shaw, MD
(502) 584-3376
2607 Evergreen Wynde
Anchorage, KY
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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R Todd Hockenbury, MD
(513) 674-1195
9822 Old Thrid St Rd Ste 105
Louisville, KY
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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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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