Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Fort Mill SC

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Michael David Riordan, DMD
(803) 802-2580
1741 Gold Hill Rd # 200
Fort Mill, SC
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Donald H Mc Queen III, MD
(803) 329-3130
134 Professional Park Blvd
Rock Hill, SC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1967
Hospital
Hospital: Carolinas Med Ctr, Charlotte, Nc; Mercy Hospital South, Charlotte, Nc; Piedmont Med Ctr, Rock Hill, Sc
Group Practice: Miller Orthopaedic Clinic

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Michael F Heinig
(803) 329-3130
134 Professional Park Blvd
Rock Hill, SC
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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William L Lehman
(803) 329-3130
134 Professional Park Blvd
Rock Hill, SC
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Thomas W Epps, DMD
(803) 329-1540
2660 Celanese Rd
Rock Hill, SC
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Donald Hutson Mc Clure, MD
(803) 329-3130
1690 Highway 160 W
Fort Mill, SC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1966

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Thomas Glenn Fleischer, MD
(803) 329-3130
134 Professional Park Dr
Rock Hill, SC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Languages
American Sign
Education
Medical School: Univ Of South Fl Coll Of Med, Tampa Fl 33612
Graduation Year: 1978
Hospital
Hospital: Carolinas Med Ctr, Charlotte, Nc; Mercy Hospital South, Charlotte, Nc; Springs Memorial Hospital, Lancaster, Sc; Piedmont Med Ctr, Rock Hill, Sc
Group Practice: Carolina Orthopaedic Surgery

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Donald H Mc Queen, MD
(803) 329-3130
Rock Hill, SC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1967

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James N Rentz
(803) 329-3130
134 Professional Park Blvd
Rock Hill, SC
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Gene Arthur Kasparek, DDS
(803) 327-1144
1507 Ebenezer Rd
Rock Hill, SC
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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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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