Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Greenfield IN

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K Donald Shelbourne, MD
(317) 924-8636
1815 N Capitol
Indianapolis, IN
Business
The Shelbourne Knee Center at Methodist Hospi
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Herbert Merrill Biel, MD
(317) 581-0525
1 Memorial Sq Ste 115
Greenfield, IN
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wright State Univ Sch Of Med, Dayton Oh 45401
Graduation Year: 1987

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John C Pritchett, DDS
(317) 898-9473
9602 E Washington St
Indianapolis, IN
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Dr.Edward Todderud
(317) 588-2663
1400 North Ritter Avenue #479
Indianapolis, IN
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1982
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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3.2, out of 5 based on 3, reviews.

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Dr.Ralph Kahn
(317) 588-2663
1400 N Ritter Ave # 351
Indianapolis, IN
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1983
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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4.8, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Douglas August Kuhn, MD
(317) 588-2663
1 Memorial Sq
Greenfield, IN
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1979

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Charles Edward Pritchett, DDS
(317) 898-9473
9602 E Washington St
Indianapolis, IN
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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James K Hartsfield, DDS
(317) 278-1148
8801 N Meridian St
Indianapolis, IN
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Mariss L Sraders
(317) 355-2050
1400 N Ritter Ave
Indianapolis, IN
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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George Steven Siderys, MD
(317) 523-4988
1400 N Ritter Ave
Indianapolis, IN
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
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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