Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Fayetteville GA

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Alan Dale Davis, MD
(770) 460-1900
1265 Highway 54 W Ste 308
Fayetteville, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1980
Hospital
Hospital: Southern Reg Med Ctr, Riverdale, Ga; South Fulton Med Ctr, East Point, Ga; Fayette Comm Hosp, Fayetteville, Ga
Group Practice: Hughston Clinic

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Michael James Behr, MD
(770) 460-1900
1265 Highway 54 W Ste 308
Fayetteville, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1987

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Peter S Harvey, MD
(770) 461-1238
1275 Highway 54 W Ste 201
Fayetteville, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Alan D Davis
(770) 460-1900
1265 Highway 54 W
Fayetteville, GA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

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Christopher J Walsh, MD
(770) 461-1238
Fayetteville, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pittsburgh Sch Of Med, Pittsburgh Pa 15261
Graduation Year: 1989

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Olumide Ayodele Danisa, MD
(707) 506-4350
170 Bastille Way Ste B
Fayetteville, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med, Charlottesville Va 22908
Graduation Year: 1990

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Scott Randall Arrowsmith, MD
(770) 631-9991
130 Governors Sq Ste C
Fayetteville, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1975

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Scott Randall Arrowsmith
(770) 631-9991
130 Governors Sq
Fayetteville, GA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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David A Goodman
(770) 461-1238
1336 Highway 54 W
Fayetteville, GA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Hugh S Thompson, MD
(770) 460-9345
707 Highway 314
Fayetteville, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1952

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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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