Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Dillon SC

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Nigel Alan Roderick Watt, MD
(843) 662-5233
705 N 8th Ave Ste 1B
Dillon, SC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Languages
French
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Cambridge, Sch Of Cli Med, Cambridge (352-03 Prior 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1978
Hospital
Hospital: Mc Leod Reg Medctr, Florence, Sc
Group Practice: Pee Dee Orthopaedic Assoc

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Eric Heimberger, MD
(843) 431-2730
2845 E Highway 76 Ste 3
Mullins, SC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1992

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Frederick J Hamilton
(843) 390-0033
4000 Highway 9 E
Little River, SC
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Albert Thomas Gilpin Jr, MD
(803) 256-4107
320 Harbison Blvd
Columbia, SC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Sc Sch Of Med, Columbia Sc 29208
Graduation Year: 1984

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Stephen P Geary
(864) 454-7422
200 Patewood Dr
Greenville, SC
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Eric Ronald Mullins, MD
2845 E Highway 76
Mullins, SC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 1999

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Jon R Davids, MD
(864) 271-3444
950 W Faris Rd
Greenville, SC
Business
Shriner's Hospital
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Michael N Bohan
(843) 520-1941
2185 N Fraser St
Georgetown, SC
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Leland C Stoddard Jr, MD
(843) 770-0404
300 Midtown Dr
Beaufort, SC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1979

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Glenn Lawrence Scott, MD
(864) 226-7637
200 Dillon Cir
Spartanburg, SC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1965

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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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