Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Gilbert AZ

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William A Salyer, MD
(602) 631-3161
690 N Cofco Center Ct
Phoenix, AZ
Business
Arizona Orthopaedic Associates Inc
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Richard B Gresham, MD FACS
2907 E Millbrae Ln
Gilbert, AZ
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tennessee
Graduation Year: 1954

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James R Glauser, DDS
(480) 632-6868
3329 E Baseline Rd
Gilbert, AZ
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Treven Bret Rollins, DDS
(480) 497-0509
1400 N Gilbert Rd Ste J
Gilbert, AZ
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Kipling P Sharpe
(480) 964-2908
2940 E Banner Gateway Dr
Gilbert, AZ
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Daniel Joseph Mullen
(480) 964-2908
2940 E Banner Gateway Dr
Gilbert, AZ
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery, Adult Reconstructive Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

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John W Golberg, MD
(401) 783-0410
3921 E Baseline Rd Ste 200
Gilbert, AZ
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Alberta, Fac Of Med, Edmonton, Alb, Canada
Graduation Year: 1974

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Cynthia Lee Kooima
(480) 964-2908
2940 E Banner Gateway Dr
Gilbert, AZ
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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John Joseph Duggan, MD
(419) 222-6622
3921 E Baseline Rd
Gilbert, AZ
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 1975
Hospital
Hospital: St Ritas Med Ctr, Lima, Oh; Lima Memorial Hospital, Lima, Oh
Group Practice: Orthopaedic Institute Of Ohio

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Ralph Valentine Wilson
(480) 964-2908
2940 E Banner Gateway Dr
Gilbert, AZ
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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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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