Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Espanola NM

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Matthew W McKinley
(505) 753-7111
1010 Spruce St
Espanola, NM
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Marion L Messersmith, DDS
(505) 662-4934
3250 Trinity Dr Ste A
Los Alamos, NM
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Edward J Atler
(505) 724-4300
201 Cedar St Se
Albuquerque, NM
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Paul Morris Legant, MD
(505) 242-1711
Three Woodward Center 700 Lomas Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Columbia Univ Coll Of Physicians And Surgeons, New York Ny 10032
Graduation Year: 1980

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John M Gossard
(505) 722-1000
516 E. Nizhoni Blvd.
Gallup, NM
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Arnold Barry Wise, MD
(505) 747-4144
1010 Spruce St
Espanola, NM
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1970

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Anthony F Pachelli, MD
(505) 724-4300
201 Cedar St SE
Albuquerque, NM
Business
New Mexico Orthopaedic Associates
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Rachelle L Shaw, DDS
(505) 888-3520
4620 Jefferson Ln NE Ste C
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Bryan Scott Kamps, MD
(505) 863-7200
1900 Redrock Dr
Gallup, NM
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Languages
English, Spanish, Other, Navaho
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nm Sch Of Med, Albuquerque Nm 87131
Graduation Year: 1988
Hospital
Hospital: Rehoboth Mc Kinley Christian H, Gallup, Nm
Group Practice: Rehoboth Mc Kinley Clinic

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Rosalind G Epstein, MD
(505) 262-7194
5400 Gibson Blvd SE
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Davis, Sch Of Med, Davis Ca 95616
Graduation Year: 1984

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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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